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Jude 1:3-4 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. 4 For certain men have crept in unnoticed, who long ago were marked out for this condemnation, ungodly men, who turn the grace of our God into lewdness and deny the only Lord Godand our Lord Jesus Christ.
Some of the sufferings of Job reflect the shadow of the new covenant suffering. He contended with his friends who are also his adversaries in a sense of accusation. They accused Job that he is a sinner, and his sufferings are because of his unrighteousness and sin. They also accused that he is pride and unrepentant. The real suffering of Job is to stand fast in the righteousness of God. Because of his continual fight against his adversaries, he became weak and this weakness made him to lament before God for his justice. Today, the accuser of the brethren who is the devil and his servants accuses the saints of the new covenant like how the friends of Job did to him. Like Job, we also have to contend against these evil workers of darkness who comes against our salvation or faith in Christ. This is our true suffering for sake of the gospel and Christ. What are those sufferings? These accusers of the salvation will try to nullify the grace of God, remove the inheritance that we have in Christ Jesus, defile our flesh, bring unbelief in our walk with our Lord and destroy the unity that we have through Holy Spirit in the Body of Christ. When we contend against these dark forces, there will be a strong opposition and when we stand steadfastly against this, then tribulation and sufferings will come in our life for the sake of our salvation. Our salvation makes us to be a light of the world; which means we have to be a light burning and bring brightness to those who are in darkness. Sometimes these sufferings for our faith will go beyond the spiritual realm and move to our physical lifestyle oppression (testimony), sickness or weakness and pain in flesh. The Promise of God when we are suffering for our salvation is that He is with us. He is Immanuel and our Lord said, “Lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” This is the power of God that is in us to endure the sufferings for God and for His kingdom. Are we ready to suffer for our faith?