In our discussion about warfare there is certainly a glory side to our wins, but also a deep satisfaction as we find and practice a victorious faith.
Paul taught his faith-son Timothy about this, and called it the good fight.
It appears part of our victory is realized by finding the God-vision He has given each of us.
“This command I entrust to you, Timothy, my son, in accordance with the prophecies previously made concerning you, that by them you fight the good fight…” – 1 Timothy 1:18
Paul tells Timothy to fight – take hold – and take heart in following Jesus in making our own good confession. What do you think this means – what exactly did Jesus do and say before Pontius Pilate (John 18)?
“Fight the good fight of faith; take hold of the eternal life to which you were called, and you made the good confession in the presence of many witnesses. I charge you in the presence of God, who gives life to all things, and of Christ Jesus, who testified the good confession before Pontius Pilate…” – 1 Timothy 6:12,13
Paul also uses three metaphors to spur his young disciple-son as he fights as God’s soldier. What are they and what do you think it means to “love His appearing?”
“I have fought the good fight, I have finished the course, I have kept the faith. In the future there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me on that day; and not only to me, but also to all who have loved His appearing.” – 2 Timothy 4:7-8
Here are a few things to ponder for a good fight:
√ When we follow God’s good through Jesus’ example we fight a good fight.
√ We need encouragement to fight, finish, and keep what has been entrusted to us.
√ We will be opposed and tempted to fight dirty – it is the adversary’s way.
√ We will be distracted to fight in a manner which will please us rather than our Captain.
We try really hard to take Paul’s words to his faith-son Timothy to heart for ourselves.
Fighting the good fight with you, friend!
Dave and Burnadette