“Jude, a bondservant of Jesus Christ, and brother of James, to those who are called, sanctified by God the Father, and preserved in Jesus Christ: Mercy, peace, and love be multiplied to you. 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” (Jude 1-3).
“Delivered” identifies the unique origin of THE faith.
THE faith did not originate with Jude or his fellow penmen. They were not the source of THE faith; they were the delivery personnel. As Jesus informed Peter, whatever was bound by Peter and his fellow apostles had already been bound in heaven and whatever was loosed by them had already been loosed in heaven (Matthew 16:19, 18:18—literal translation).
Because of THE faith’s divine origin, we can know with great confidence that we are not following cleverly devised fables (2 Peter 1:16).