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Contending For The Faith

What Paul Says about Contending

2 Timothy 1:13-14
13 What you heard from me, keep as the pattern of sound teaching, with faith and love in Christ Jesus. 14 Guard the good deposit that was entrusted to you--guard it with the help of the Holy Spirit who lives in us.

Jude is not the only New Testament writer concerned with contending for the faith. As one reads Paul&s second letter to Timothy, one must stop and wonder if Timothy&s faith was wavering. Had the disciple burned out fighting the false teachers? Did his faith need a recharge? Paul&s letter is full of practical advice all of us may follow as we contend for the faith.

2 Timothy 1:13-14
13 Hold fast and follow the pattern of wholesome and sound teaching which you have heard from me, in [all] the faith and love which are [for us] in Christ Jesus. 14 Guard and keep [with the greatest care] the precious and excellently adapted [Truth] which has been entrusted [to you], by the [help of the] Holy Spirit Who makes His home in us. Amplified

is important to remember that the teachings of Scripture paint a picture of only two opposite positions. Anything that draws us away from God is against God. James writes that

friendship with the world is enmity with God? Whoever therefore wants to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God" (James 4:4, NKJV).

If we are drawn away into the world, then the Church is made weak. We must maintain a purely Christian view of life, and the teachings of life. Anything less is enmity with God and false teaching.

Consider Paul&s directions for walking this purely Christian life as set forth in 2 Timothy 1:13-14:

Hold fast

Follow the sound teaching

Follow in faith and love

Guard the deposit of Truth

Use the power of the Holy Spirit

A clearer statement of contending for the faith will not be found in Scripture. Paul has made it clear that contending for the faith involves two elements - watching out for doctrinal errors and applying proper doctrine to our daily lives. In other words, we are to have both purity of doctrine and purity of conduct.

Let&s look at each element listed in 2 Timothy 1:13-14 in more detail.




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