Dear friends, although I was very eager to write to you about the salvation we share, I felt compelled to write and urge you to contend for the faith that was once for all entrusted to God’s holy people (Jude 3).
Jude speaks here about “the salvation we share”, and he, also speaks about “contending earnestly for the faith that was once for all entrusted to God’s holy people.” It appears that he changed direction. It seems that he was very eager to write a comforting letter, and, then, he felt compelled to write a letter that was full of words of warning. Certainly, there’s a difference in emphasis, but we should, also, point out that the two contrasting emphases are not entirely different. It’s because our salvation is so great that we are to contend earnestly for the faith. What a great salvation God has given to us! Jesus is our Saviour. Jesus is our Lord. This is the faith in which we rejoice. This is the faith of which we are to be unashamed. May God give us the strength that we need to keep on standing up for Jesus. Our faith is not something we’re to keep to ourselves. It’s a faith that’s to be shared.