Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Cranfield: contending for the faith

Wednesday, February 20, 2019
    Commemoration of Cecile Isherwood, Founder of the Community of the Resurrection, Grahamstown, South Africa, 1906
    Beloved, when I gave all diligence to write unto you of the common salvation, it was needful for me to write unto you, and exhort you that ye should earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints.
    —Jude 1:3 (KJV)
    There are still those who would add to the faith human traditions and fancies, thus cluttering it up and obscuring it; and those who would take away from it, rejecting (often with little thought) whatever may seem to them to be out of harmony with the so-called modern mind; and others who would distort it, making it one way or another a pretext for injustice and oppression. But, if we are to be effective in contending for the faith against false teachings, we must certainly contend for it by striving ourselves to understand it ever more truly and more fully.
    ... C. E. B. Cranfield (1915-2015), I & II Peter and Jude, London: SCM Press, 1960, p. 155-156 (see the book)
    See also Jude 1:3; Acts 20:29; 1 Tim. 4:1-2; 2 Tim. 4:3; 2 Pet. 2:1; 1 John 4:6; Jude 1:17-19; Rev. 22:18-19
Quiet time reflection:
    Dear Lord, open the Scriptures to me.
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