Glorify God by Contending for His Word


I enjoy the writings of Thomas Watson (c. 1620—1686, English, non-conformist, Puritan preacher and author) and today I came across this devotion while reading Glorifying God.

Contend by making a statement, for “all scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness; so that the man of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work” (2 Timothy 3:16). Though we should not possess argumentative attitudes and hearts, we ought to be willing to stand firm and contend for the word of God. This jewel, God’s word, is too precious to be parted with. The scripture is surrounded by enemies; heretics fight against it. We must therefore “contend for the faith which was once delivered to the saints” (Jude 3). The scripture is our book of evidence for heaven. Shall we part with our proof? The saints of old were both advocates and martyrs for truth; they would hold fast to the scriptures, even though they knew they could lose their lives for that stand.

Emphasis mine.