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πŸ‘‘ A Good Soldier Of Jesus Christ

β€œThou therefore endure hardness as a good soldier of Jesus Christ. No man that warreth entangleth himself with the affairs of this life, that he may please him who hath chosen him to be a soldier” (II Tim. 2:3,4).

In the soldier it is courage and self-discipline that are important. It has been well said that the measure of a good soldier is not how much he can β€œgive,” but how much he can β€œtake,” how much he can endure β€” how much it takes to make him give up.

It is a sad fact that many of God’s people simply do not want to be soldiers. They are sure that the battle for the truth can be won by β€œlove.” They decline to obey God’s specific order to β€œfight the good fight of the faith” (I Tim.6:12). Some even find fault with those who do stand as soldiers for Christ and wield the Sword of the Spirit in defense of the truth.

But if God does not wish us to be soldiers in the fight of the faith, why did He command us to be such in the first place, and why, in Ephesians 6:10-20, does He urge us to β€œbe strong in the Lord and in the power of His might,” instructing us to β€œPut on the whole armour of God,” naming each piece separately, so that not one might be missing? Why does He bid us to β€œtake the sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God”?

Does He mean that we should put our sword in the scabbard and go on dress parade, to show what fine soldiers we are? No! We are to wield the Sword of the Spirit, β€œstanding against the wiles of the devil”, and to keep standing until, β€œhaving done all,” we are still found β€œstanding.”

Four times in this passage the word β€œstand” is used, and God has provided a complete armour so that we may be enabled to stand.

But there is more. A β€œgood soldier,” says the Apostle, is careful not to β€œentangle himself with the affairs of this life, that he may please him who hath chosen him to be a soldier” (Verse 4).

What a lesson! Should not we, who have been bought with the precious blood of Christ, be β€œgood soldiers” for His sake, single-minded, and disentangled from the affairs of this life? source

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