3Beloved, while I was making every effort to write you about our common salvation, I felt the necessity to write to you appealing that you contend earnestly for the faith that was once for all time handed down to the saints.
3Beloved, 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.
The Bible is an ancient book with an unchangeable message that is at odds with the modern mindset. With advances in scientific knowledge and a general sense of progress in the world, many people will have nothing to do with what they consider to be a hopelessly outdated book. In this sermon on Jude 1:3 titled “The Unchangeable Message,” Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones posits that while the Bible is an ancient book, it is perfectly relevant for every age. The message of the Bible seeks to offer solutions to life’s most pressing questions and fundamental issues that transcend time. Moreover, there is no hope apart from the unchangeable message about God found in this book. The problem is people think they know the true nature of the Bible, but they have misunderstood its content and source. They suppose it is merely a book about history and moral maxims and not centered on God and His purposes in the world. Modern people are obsessed with the thoughts and ideas of humanity, but the unchangeable message of the Bible claims to be a revelation from God himself. Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones anticipates and answers many objections by modern people in this message on Jude 3. The power of the Bible’s message for the modern age is its finality; the unchangeableness regarding God and what He has done in the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ to bring humanity into relationship with Himself.
- The passage Jude 3 refers to "the faith" which was once delivered to the saints. This means the Bible contains one unified message from beginning to end.
- The Bible is not a collection of moral teachings, histories, and Jesus's story. It has one overarching message about God's plan for the world.
- This message is clear and can be taught. It is defined in creeds and can be defended. Christianity is not just a feeling but a body of doctrine.
- The Bible's message comes from God, not human discovery. It was delivered to men through revelation and inspiration.
- God chose Israel to reveal truth to the world. He showed his power through events and gave the law and prophets his words. Jesus claimed to be God and spoke with authority, giving the ultimate revelation.
- The apostles received the faith from Jesus and passed it on. They did not invent it but delivered what they had received.
- The Bible's message is unchangeable and final because it is from the unchanging God. It reveals God himself, who does not change.
- The Bible addresses man's unchanging problem of his relationship to God. Man is still in the wrong with God, and knowledge does not fix this.
- God's acts in Jesus to remedy this relationship were done once and for all. Jesus died and rose once, and will come again once. These acts are final and unrepeatable.
- Christianity relies on what God has done, not what we do. Jesus did everything necessary to save us, and nothing needs to be or can be added. His work is finished.
- Only the Bible and its message of Jesus stand amid the flux of theories and ideas. It alone is unchangeable truth from God.
Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones
Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones (1899-1981) was a Welsh evangelical minister who preached and taught in the Reformed tradition. His principal ministry was at Westminster Chapel, in central London, from 1939-1968, where he delivered multi-year expositions on books of the bible such as Romans, Ephesians and the Gospel of John. In addition to the MLJ Trust’s collection of 1,600 of these sermons in audio format, most of these great sermon series are available in book form (including a 14 volume collection of the Romans sermons), as are other series such as "Spiritual Depression", "Studies in the Sermon on the Mount" and "Great Biblical Doctrines". He is considered by many evangelical leaders today to be an authority on biblical truth and the sufficiency of Scripture.