“Beloved, while I was making every effort to write you about our common salvation, I felt the necessity to write to you appealing that you contend earnestly for the faith which was once for all handed down to the saints.”Jude 1:3
Puritan Thomas Watson Quote
Contend for scripture. Though we should not be of contentious spirits, yet we ought to contend for the Word of God. This jewel is too precious to be parted with. Prov iv 13. ‘Keep her, for she is thy life.‘
The Scripture is beset with enemies; heretics fight against it, we must therefore ‘contend for the faith once delivered to the saints.’ Jude 3. The Scripture is our book of evidences for heaven; shall we part with our evidences? The saints of old were both advocates and martyrs for truth; they would hold fast scripture, though it were with the loss of their lives.
Be thankful to God for the Scriptures. What a mercy is it that God has not only acquainted us what his will is, but that he has made it known by writting ! In the old times God revealed his mind by visions, but the Word written is a surer way of knowing God’s mind. 2 Peter 1 v 18. ‘This voice which came from. Heaven we heard, we have also a more sure word of prophecy.’ The devil is God’s ape, and he can transform himself into an angel of light; he can deceive with false revelations; as I have heard one who had, as he thought, a revelation from God to sacrifice his child, as Abraham had; whereupon, following this impluse of the devil, he killed his child.
Thus Satan deceives people with delusion, instead of divine revelations; therefore we are to be thankful to God for revealing his mind to us by writting.
The Scripture is our pole-star to direct us to heaven, it shows us every step we are to take; when we go wrong, it instructs us; when we go right, it comforts us; and it is a matter of thankfulness, that the Scriptures are made intelligible, by being translated.
~ Thomas Watson
Keep Contending for the faith no matter how strong the resistance.