The imagery of the soldier is used many times in Scripture to depict the Christian. Paul said, No one engaged in warfare entangles himself with the affairs of this life, that he may please him who enlisted him as a soldier (2 Tim. 2:4). Jude was a soldier of the cross. In this short epistle, Jude leaves no Christian out. Every Christian must realize that they have been called to battle, to contend earnestly for the faith.

Many Christians get the strange idea that it is the responsibility of the preacher, teachers, and theologians to safeguard and contend for the faith. But nothing could be further from the truth. Our silence is one of the best advantages we have given the enemy. Silence will do more to ensure the enemy’s success and hinder the cause of Christ than all of Satan's other strategies.

It is the responsibility of all believers to contend earnestly for the faith. As soldiers of the cross, we are all commanded by God to proclaim and defend the truth. While sitting in prison awaiting his execution, Paul wrote, I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith (2 Tim. 4:7). Our love for Jesus Christ and others compels us to stand for truth. The proclamation of the Gospel and defense of the faith is the duty of every child of God.



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