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Paul had been of the Jews religion where salvation was by law keeping. So he knew all about it and counted it as dung so that he could learn Christ. He was the great preacher of the gospel of grace for salvation and not law keeping. In fact he said any one that preaches any other gospel than the gospel of grace should be accursed. He made the argument that you cannot be made righteous in the flesh. That God only is righteous, which makes all men sinners, and no amount of law keeping can save a guilty sinner accept the finished work of Christ. He continued to preach the gospel of grace without works for salvation, and it was the only way to be acceptable to God. He preached that if we could be saved by works of the law then Christ died in vain. His whole life was that we could only be saved by grace without works of the law, and that any boasting in ourselves was a sin against God. He preached that we could only be accepted to God by Christ alone without works and again gave two verses that any one who preaches salvation by works of the law should be accursed. He was the greatest contender of the faith of Jesus finished work on the cross was all that was necessary for salvation. I wish we had more like him, because legalism has so crept into our churches that we no longer contend for the faith that was once given by Christ and Paul.
"Stand up, stand up for Jesus...." as the Gospel song goes. We are instructed many times in God's word to "defend our faith, to stand strong in the face of adversity from the enemy while resisting his deceit and lies." We are "to go ye into all the world, spreading the good news of Jesus Christ, for the work of the Lord is Holy and just, for only He deserves to be praised." The work of the Lord is holy and just! --In His Service! AMEN-- *Andy*
I believe that Lk 9:5, and 10:10-11 answers the question, the bible is not debatable! Christ on two occasions told his disciples that if the people didn't receive their word, they were to shake the dust off their feet as they left that town. On neither occasion did he tell them to argue their point. No where does the bible depict Jesus debating Gods word with anyone, He spoke with the authority given to Him and moved on, period!
I would much rather encourage the saints than declare war on the apostates. But when the enemy is in the field, the watchmen dare not go to sleep. The Christian life is a battleground, not a playground.-Wiersbe On Jude 3, the Faithlife Study Bible has this: to contend The Greek verb used here, epagōnizomai, occurs only this one time in the NT. The word comes from another verb, agōnizomai, which refers to ancient Greek athletic contests in which participants “contended” (compare 1 Tim 6:12). I believe it was Douglas J. Moo (born March 15, 1950) who is a Reformed New Testament scholar and who, after teaching for more than 20 years at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Illinois, wrote a commentary on Jude, which I who also went to school at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Deerfield, IL, found and record for you: Yes, the Bible does call Christians to defend the faith / argue for the faith. "The truth [according to the NLT PARALLEL STUDY BIBLE] must not be compromised because it gives us the real facts about Jesus and salvation. The Bible is inspired by God and should never be twisted or manipulated; when it is, we can become confused over right and wrong and lose sight of the only path that leads to eternal life. Before writing about salvation, then, Jude felt he had to set his readers back on the right track, calling them back to the basics of their faith."
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