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The Faith and the Saints.

The Faith and the Saints.

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" Ye should earnestly contend for the faith which was once de-
livered unto the saints." — St. Jude 3.

" Ye should earnestly contend for the faith which was once de-
livered unto the saints." — St. Jude 3.

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Published by: GLENN DALE PEASE on Mar 08, 2014
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THE FAITH AND THE SAINTS. BY GEORGE HODGES " Ye should earnestly contend for the faith which was once de-livered unto the saints." — St. Jude 3. Deliveeed once for all. That is what the word means. It denotes an act which need not be repeated. Thus it is said in another place, in contrast with the sacrifices which the high priest offered every year, Christ was "once" offered. That one offering sufficed. And this one deliverance of the faith, St. Jude would teach us, is sufficient. The true word has been spoken. Any other word must be compared with this, and be approved only in proportion to its agreement with this author-itative and final utterance. The Christian preacher was very sure of his sermon in those days. St. Paul was so abso-lutely certain that he was teaching the whole doctrine of God that he did not hesitate to say that if even an angel from heaven should preach any other gospel he would thereby be proved to be not only a mistaken and heret-
ical, but even an accursed angel. There was no doubt about it. The light that shone from heaven illuminated the mind of Paul so that 97 98 THE BATTLES OF PEACE. there was not a shadow in it. " I know," he says, again and again. He did not guess ; he did not argue cautiously from the known to the unknown ; he did not read a shelf of books on this side of the question and another shelf of books on the other side, and add up two col-umns of resulting figures and thus come to a conclusion which he might tentatively hold until another book should make a change in his position. No man ever lived who was more sure of
anything than St. Paul was of every article of his belief. That was what gave him his in-fluence. He went about among people who were perplexed and puzzled, asking questions and getting no answers, not knowing what to think; and he spoke in a good, loud voice, so that everybody could hear, and in plain words, which the simplest could understand, taught men without hesitation, without reser-vation, promptly, definitely and with unquali-fied assurance, as Moses might have preached when he came down Sinai hill, having talked with God. St. Jude has the same confidence. The faith, he says, has already been delivered to the saints. We have the truth. He is aware, indeed, that this truth is questioned, that some bold folk even deny it, preaching sermons THE FAITH AND THE SAIKTS. 99 quite different from Jude's. But his sense of certainty is not disturbed. He fears lest some

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