Summary: Press ahead, persevere and persist in His grace.

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Text: Jude 17-25

What is truth? We hear that question ringing from pages of Holy Scripture.

One source tell us that the word truth is found 237 times in the King James

version of the Holy Bible. Pilate asked this question of Jesus in the Gospel of

John chapter 18 and verse 38.

For us truth is that evasive, intangible, yet necessary quality that separates

men from beasts. Truth is the opposite of all that is deemed false.

Jesus said that He is the way, the truth, and the life. Now there are those

that deny the existence of Jesus The Christ. They also deny any allegiance

to truth. Those who do that are wrong, incorrect, and misguided.

In John 17:17 Jesus prayed to the Heavenly Father: "Sanctify them through

thy truth: thy word is truth." Now God’s Word has been made available to

human kind through and by oral dissemination, written texts, and empirically

as one looks at the heavens. The heavens declare the Lord’s handiwork

(Ps. 19:1) and His handiwork declares truth.

Our text addresses specifically the truths of salvation and faith; two vital

links to sinful man’s restoration to his Holy God and Creator.

As believers Jude said that it is incumbent to contend for the faith. Faith

in that body of truth dispensed to us from Jesus Christ, the Word of God,

and the Holy Spirit of God. God’s truth, rightly presented, will overcome

all darkness of demonic deceit. Jesus is the Truth. Jesus abides within

the saints. Greater is He that is within us than he that is within the world.

In Jude’s day salvation that great future hope of Jesus’ return was being

undermined by those who did not share such hope. Faith was being

eroded by those who denied that it was given to the Church once for all.

Those nay-sayers thought that Christian freedom meant license to do

whatever they wanted to do (false doctrine of antinomianism).

If this sermon had a theme it would be;

"Press ahead, persevere and persist in His grace."

In Jude verses 1-19 he explained why we should struggle

or contend or fight to preserve the doctrine that we have.

He indicated: our faith tells of our full salvation both now and

in the future. It is complete. All that we need is available.

Our faith will be challenged by the opposition of false teachers.

Those scoffers, dreamers, and godless will be active.

Jude 20-25 describes the how. How to contend: look inward,

look outward, look upward.

Looking inwardly we find we must take care of ourselves--taking

care that we are properly centered on God and His Gospel

(Please see this contributor’s sermon The Gospel of Jesus Christ

at ).

We can inculcate and come to value some vital things as we look

inwardly. Four are specifically beneficial: The Word, prayer, love,

and hope.

From the outset there has been a recognizable and defensible gospel.

Galatians 1:9,11--As we said before, so say I now again, If any

[man] preach any other gospel unto you than that ye have received,

let him be accursed. But I certify you, brethren, that the gospel

which was preached of me is not after man.

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