12.21.20 信仰的捍衛者 Defender of The Faith

猶大書 1:親愛的,我一直很迫切地想要寫信給你們,論到我們同享的救恩,但我覺得有必要現在就寫信勸你們,要為從前一次交付給聖徒的真道竭力奮鬥。 

Jude 1: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. 

雅各的兄弟猶大 (也是耶穌的兄弟)鄭重呼籲我們“為從前一次交付給聖徒的真道竭力奮鬥。” 奠基於耶穌基督信仰是基督教的基礎。 在整個教會的歷史中,基督徒一直在為此信仰爭戰,將我們的信仰傳給下一代,一直是並且繼續是基督徒的任務。 英王亨利八世(1521)自稱是“(基督)信仰的捍衛者Defender of the Faith”,但查爾斯王子(2008)說他是“(任何)信仰的捍衛者Defender of Faith ”。 查爾斯用了迎合世界的話,但實際上卻放棄了他的基督教信仰。 傳遞給我們的“信仰”是“一次交付”,這意味著我們不能增加或減少信仰,而必須將相同的信仰傳遞給下一代。 我們需要“竭力奮鬥”,因為假教師“偷偷地”(1:4)潛入教堂,傳播虛假的教義。 我們準備好去爭戰了嗎? 讓我們每個人繼續成為基督信仰的捍衛者Defender of the Faith,而不是所任何信仰的捍衛者Defender of Faith!

Jude, the brother of James (also brother of Jesus), appeals to us “to contend for the faith that was once for all delivered to the saints.” Faith in Jesus Christ is the foundation of Christianity. Throughout the history of the church, it has been, and continues to be, the task of Christians to contend for the faith, to pass our faith onto the next generation. Henry IV claimed to be “Defender of the Faith” but Charles said he was “Defender of Faith”. Charles used clever words but in actuality surrendered his Christian faith. That “the faith” was “once for all” delivered to us means that we cannot add to or subtract from the faith but must deliver the same faith to the next generations. We need to “contend” because false teachers creep into the church “unnoticed”, spreading false teachings. Are we ready to contend? Let each of us continue to be the defender of the faith, not the defender of faith!

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