Jude’s short epistle begins with the change of plans he had on the occasion of writing his letter. “Beloved, although I was very eager to write to you about our common salvation, I found it necessary to write appealing to you to contend for the faith that was once for all delivered to the saints” (v. 3). Although he intended to unpack the depths of “our common salvation,” he changed course to exhort them to do all they could to fight for the faith that had been entrusted to them, that confession which had been given once and for all for them to guard and protect.
The Word of God is the truth. The Church has received the scriptural witness to the person and work of the Triune God, focusing especially on Christ and his Kingdom, confessed in our theology, retold and reenacted in our worship, embodied in our spirituality, and continued in our witness. We faithfully believe, live, and teach this message in fresh and creative ways. We entrust it to faithful people who will guard it and entrust it to others.
As God’s message of forgiveness, love, and transformation, the Gospel is the power of God for salvation for all people. As such, we must ever seek to deepen our appreciation and understanding of it, and diligently contend for it. In a world which will deny its truthfulness and clarity, we must strive to both treasure it and defend it against error and change.
Lord, provide us with your strength and wisdom to study your Gospel and to defend it against its detractors and deniers today. We gladly accept this charge to defend the truth in Christ. Help us to speak the truth in love to those who oppose it, and always be ready to share it with those who have not heard its promise. For Christ’s sake, amen.
Priests are peacemakers. To reconcile is to make peace. Peacemaking is high on God’s agenda. We worship the God of peace (Heb. 13.20) and the people of God are his primary agents of peace (2 Cor. 5.18-20). We are priests in the order of Melchizedek “king of Salem” or “king of peace” (Heb. 7.2). It is therefore the business of priests to be peacemakers.
~ Scott Breslin, Embracing Our Priestly Nature at Work: A Theology and Practice for Ordinary Saints. Eugene OR: Resource Publications, 2017. p. 43.
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