HOW TO FIGHT THE GOOD FIGHT


PAUL’S CONFESSION:

“I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith: 8 Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing.” 2 Tim 4:7-8 (KJV)

The Christian life is a battle and a march. In this warfare there is no release; the effort must be continuous and persevering. It is by unceasing endeavor that we maintain the victory over the temptations of Satan. Christian integrity must be sought with resistless energy and maintained with a  resolute fixedness of purpose. 

“No one will be borne upward without stern, persevering effort in his own behalf. All must engage in this warfare for themselves; no one else can fight our battles. Individually we are responsible for the issues of the struggle; though Noah, Job, and Daniel were in the land they could deliver neither son nor daughter by their righteousness.”[1]

PAUL CHARGED TIMOTHY AND ALL CHRISTIANS

TIMOTHY: “18 This charge I commit unto thee, son Timothy, according to the prophecies which went before on thee, that thou by them mightest war a good warfare; 19 Holding faith, and a good conscience; which some having put away concerning faith have made shipwreck: 20 Of whom is Hymenaeus and Alexander; whom I have delivered unto Satan, that they may learn not to blaspheme.” 1 Tim 1:18-20 (KJV)

12 Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, whereunto thou art also called, and hast professed a good profession before many witnesses.” 1 Tim 6:12 (KJV)

CHRISTIANS IN CORINTH: “24 Know ye not that they which run in a race run all, but one receiveth the prize? So run, that ye may obtain. 25 And every man that striveth for the mastery is temperate in all things. Now they do it to obtain a corruptible crown; but we an incorruptible. 26 I therefore so run, not as uncertainly; so fight I, not as one that beateth the air: 27 But I keep under my body, and bring it into subjection: lest that by any means, when I have preached to others, I myself should be a castaway.”1 Cor 9:24-27 (KJV)

“When souls are converted, their salvation is not yet accomplished. They then have the race to run. An arduous struggle is before them, to do what?–To “fight the good fight of faith,” to “press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.” There is no release in this warfare; the battle is life-long, and must be carried forward with determination and energy proportionate to the value of the object to be attained, which is eternal life. Immense interests are here involved. We are made partakers of Christ’s sacrifice here in this life, and if we hold the beginning of our confidence steadfast unto the end, we are assured that we shall be partakers of all the benefits of the future, immortal life.”[2]  {RH, August 25, 1891 par. 2}

HOW TO FIGHT THE GOOD FIGHT

1 Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us, 2 Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God. 3 For consider him that endured such contradiction of sinners against himself, lest ye be wearied and faint in your minds. 4 Ye have not yet resisted unto blood, striving against sin.” Heb 12:1-4 (KJV)

  1. Laying aside every weight (v. 1): “The weights that are here referred to are the evil habits and practices we have formed by following our own natural dispositions.”[3] 7 BC 934.
  2. Laying aside every sin. (v. 1)

“Every Christian must stand on guard continually, watching every avenue of the soul where Satan might find access. He must pray for divine help and at the same time resolutely resist every inclination to sin. By courage, by faith, by persevering toil, he can conquer. But let him remember that to gain the victory Christ must abide in him and he in Christ. . .

It is only by personal union with Christ, by communion with Him daily, hourly, that we can bear the fruits of the Holy Spirit[4].  {5T 47, 48}

  1. Running patiently (v. 1): PATIENT, a. pa’shent. [L. patiens.]

Having the quality of enduring evils without murmuring or fretfulness; sustaining afflictions of body or mind with fortitude, calmness or Christian submission to the divine will; as a patient person, or a person of patient temper. It is followed by of before the evil endured; as patient of labor or pain; patient of heat or cold.

  1. Looking unto Jesus and considering Him as our example. (v. 2, 3)
  2. Striving against sin even if it might cost our life. (v. 4). Christ wrestled even to the point where blood begins to drop from the pores of his skin. (See Luke 22:39-46). It was after his victory at Gethsemane was he able to endure the Temptations that came afterward.

Through the enabling grace of God, through is Holy Spirit, we all must daily fight and wrestle with hereditary and cultivated sinful habits and tendencies to sins. Without daily overcoming, no one can be sealed with the seal of the living God.

[1] The Ministry of Healing, P. 453

[2] The Review and Herald, August 25, 1891 par. 2

[3] 7 BC 934

[4] 5 Testimonies, 47, 48

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