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# 07813 :  THE FAITH WHICH WAS ONCE FOR ALL DELIVERED TO THE SAINTS

Dear Brothers,

As we read the Epistle of Jude verse 3,the descreption of faith mentioned as ' The faith which was once for all delivered to the saints.' If anyone can shed some lights in this regards as what Jude meant by this statement 'faith which was once for all delivered' ?

Post by : bijuvjoseph  View Profile    since : 3 Dec 2015


Reply by : George P. Koshy   View Profile   Since : 3 Dec 2015 4:09:18 PM Close

Dear Biju V. Joseph,

To understand the expression in Jude 3, we should consider the epistle as a whole. However, let me quote the verse under consideration. “Beloved, using all diligence to write to you of our common salvation, I have been obliged to write to you exhorting you to contend earnestly for the faith once delivered to the saints.” It starts with the word “Beloved.” They are those who have the faith that was delivered to the saints. Therefore, we could say that they are part of the saints, at any time in the history of those who are addressed in verses 1 and 2.

However, those who read this letter should be aware of the fact that there are certain men that are among them and the saints did not notice their entry (Jude 4). They pretend to be saints but not saints as called by God (Jude 1-2).

Jude go back in time and show that such entrance by unsaved people among those who were saved by God could be seen when the children of Israel were saved from Egypt. He also mentions about the evil and rebellious angels among the true angels. He also mentions about Michael in contrast to the devil. He mentions about those who went after the way of Cain and still try to be in the leadership among the saints. He also mentions about those who go in the way of Core among the saints. He also brings Enoch from the Old Testament who prophesied about the coming judgment. With these examples, Jude is telling us about the responsibility of a believer to watch out for those who try to come among us unnoticed.

We have references to such people who want to be with believers and act as one of them in Romans 5:20; Galatians 2:4; and 2 Peter 2:1. They try to be among us by pretending to be one of us, while they are not. They will deny the deity of Christ indirectly, at first. This they do by changing certain words and expression in the Word of God, or by contradicting the teachings of Christ by citing verses as Satan did when he tempted the Lord.

In this letter, Jude was asking the saints to contend for the faith once delivered to them. What is that faith? It is what we read about in the Bible. From Hebrew 11, we learn that the faith is the substantiating of things hoped for and the conviction of things not seen. We also read about a few men from the Old Testament who had faith in God and what He promised them.

What God promised us is stated succinctly in John 1:12-13, “But as many as received Him, to them gave He the right to be children of God, to those that believe on His name; Who have been born,  not of blood nor of the flesh’s will nor of man’s will, but of God.” We read in Ephesians 2:4-10 that the faith that we have is a gift from God. That faith is what we read in Jude 3. We have the responsibility to contend for it, because God gave that to us as a gift.

This contending for our faith is using the Word of God as it is delivered to us. It should be as those who have entered among us unnoticed suggest. God has given to us what we need to maintain this faith in the Bible and that is the whole of it. That is what we read in 2 Timothy 3:16, “Every Scripture is divinely inspired and profitable for teaching, for conviction, for correction, for instruction in righteousness; that the man of God may be complete, fully fitted to every good works.

I hope that his will be helpful to you. If you need additional help, please let me know. I assume that you are a believer in Christ as your personal Savior, Lord, and God.

Shalom Malekim!!!

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Reply by : bijuvjoseph   View Profile   Since : 3 Dec 2015 6:31:58 PM Close

Dear bro GPK, Thank you for your reply,however I am eagerly expecting your reply in particular,because you had given an answer to my another question which I have posted couple of years back. Your assumption is perfectly alright that I am a believer, The answer is well explained although I have a doubt again, is Jude refer this faith is nothing but Word of God? 

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Reply by : bijuvjoseph   View Profile   Since : 3 Dec 2015 7:09:55 PM Close

continue.....

because I came to know one of the explanation given in Wiersbe commentary (yet to read) this epistle is not talking about the faith what we have rather Jude describes verse 3 and 20 (faith once for all deliverd & holy faith) is Word of God itself.

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Reply by : George P. Koshy   View Profile   Since : 4 Dec 2015 3:21:31 PM Close

Dear brother Biju V. Joseph,

I do not have Wiesrbe’s commentary and therefore I have to take your input on it.

The faith is delivered from the beginning of creation. Therefore, there is a principle and we could learn that principle by reading the Scriptures from the beginning to the end and will be encouraged by those whom we may think that failed but God called them faithful. This is what we read in Hebrews 11. They are identified as faithful by God, though they failed in certain occasion. We should not call them failures. What God has called faithful, no one should call otherwise. In Hebrews we are told that they are standing as a cloud of witnesses to encourage us, when we fail.

Those who are strong in faith could fail but they do not lose their faith. That is what we learn from Hebrews 11 and 12 and elsewhere. We should also learn this from the life of the New Testament saints—Peter, Paul, etc. Some Christians are eager to dedicate their life on pointing out the faults of those who have gone before us. They think that that is how they become better than those who went before us. On the other hand, the Scriptures tell us that they are from whom we should learn about the faith that is delivered to us. That faith is the same from the beginning of creation to the end of the world.

The Old Testament saints received their faith from God, though they did not know the name of God as revealed to us by the Son—the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, and they were not baptized in that name. That does not make their faith different from that of ours.

We are all first fruits—both the Old Testament and New Testament saints. However we—the New Testament believers (saints)—are named as ‘certain first fruits’ in James 1:18. (In KJV, it is translated as “a kind of first fruits.”) A simple illustration of the difference is that in the past, present, and future dispensations all the saints have the same faith from God, but they are like the different fruits from different kind of trees for the glory of God; similar to the mangoes, jack fruits, pomegranates, etc.

Our faith is in God. His Words—the Scriptures—tell us about Him. We should have faith in the Word of God—the Scriptures—because they are His words. We should read and study His Words with the fear of God. When we do that, naturally we will show our fear of God in dealing with His Word. His Words are the only revelation of God for our living in the faith that is delivered to us by God.

Shalom Malekim!!!

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Reply by : guide   View Profile   Since : 6 Dec 2015 8:21:08 PM Close
I believe it is the Christian faith,the gospel of Jesus Christ, which is given to the saints. It is the faith given to the saved and not to the unsaved.
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Reply by : kristianjude   View Profile   Since : 11 Jan 2016 8:03:57 AM Close

Dear ‘guide’

You have said that it is the Christian faith, the gospel of Jesus Christ, which is given to the saints and it is the faith given to the saved and not to the unsaved. What I believe is an unsaved person becomes a saved through his faith.  But your statement implies that a person has to be saved first and then is given with faith.

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Reply by : guide   View Profile   Since : 21 Jan 2016 8:01:53 AM Close
Kj An unsaved person is saved by faith in Jesus Christ through the gospel. And this gospel is delivered unto the saints for preaching to all nations (earnestly content).
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Reply by : kristianjude   View Profile   Since : 22 Jan 2016 7:20:02 AM Close

Dear ‘guide’

‘Contending earnestly’ is not for the gospel, but for the ‘faith’ delivered unto the saints. Jude has not taken ‘gospel’ as a subject matter here, but only the ‘faith’.

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