Saturday, August 13, 2011

Fight the Good Fight of Faith

“Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, to which you were also called and have confessed the good confession in the presence of many witnesses.  I urge you in the sight of God who gives life to all things, and before Christ Jesus who witnessed the good confession before Pontus Pilate, that you keep this commandment without spot, and blameless until our Lord Jesus Christ’s appearing.”   (I Tim. 6:12-14)

Jesus also witnessed Pontius Pilate’s confession of him saying, “I find no fault in him at all.” (John 18:36-37).

“The confession in the presence of many witnesses” – how many testify of your life that you have fought the good fight of faith and have and are laying hold on eternal life?  Does the testimony of your life confess this?  Paul speaks to Timothy to keep this “commandment” without spot, blameless.  

What is the good fight of faith?  To believe in Him! (John 6:29)  Why is this a fight?  First of all everything to be received in God is done by faith – by faith we receive the promises – justified by faith (Romans 5:1); sanctified through faith –Acts 26:18 – we stand by faith (Romans 11:20) – we walk by faith – (2 Cor. 5:7) – saved through faith (Ephesians 2:8); made righteous through faith – (Romans 10:4,9-10) – God reveals Himself to us through faith (Romans 1:17) and without faith it is impossible to please God. (Heb 11:6)

The scriptures speak of the “work of faith” (1 Thessalonians 1:11-12). There is the work of faith (doing the will of God) and the work of faith (abiding in faith- believing Him- through many temptations). So, you see the importance of fighting the good fight of faith! It is imperative for our spiritual life that we remain in faith believing God for ALL things. The temptation that comes to us from the world, the flesh and the Devil, is that I can do it myself (independence); or the temptation that these things are impossible; or the temptation that God is not real or the scriptures are not true.  

Paul spoke to Timothy to fight the good fight of faith, to lay hold of eternal life and to keep this commandment without spot and blameless until the appearing of the Lord Jesus Christ.  

The scriptures say that 3 things abide….faith, hope, and love.  Faith is a gift from God and it is living, vibrant, active - not just a set of beliefs - but being engaged in the demonstration of living every day and every moment by those beliefs in relationship with Jesus Christ. 

Paul said at the end of his life, “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.  Finally, there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will give to me on that Day, and not to me only but also to all who have loved His appearing.” (2 Tim. 4:7-8)

To all of us who remain, let us fight the good fight of faith and keep this commandment without spot, blameless.  For, God will not fail to have a witness in the earth until His appearing; and we are those witnesses who confess a “good confession” before all men.

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