What does it mean to "contend earnestly for the faith?" Like a football team, we need to stand firm while the other team tries to work it's way across the line of scrimmage. In a world full of negative influences, we need to stand firm in what we believe, and gain a foothold against the opposing team.
Beloved, while I was very diligent to write to you concerning our common salvation, I found it necessary to write to you exhorting you to contend earnestly for the faith which was once for all delivered to the saints.
Be ready to stand firm. Hold your ground. Tell others about your faith, and be ready to give an answer as to what you believe, so when you meet face to face, you will be able to fight the good fight.
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