FIGHT THE GOOD FIGHT OF FAITH
THE FAITH SERIES:13
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 Timothy 6:12 KJV)
My intention is to discuss what it means to fight the good fight of faith in this capsule . This will be the conclusion to the faith series. (There are some other spiritual ingredients like patience that is interlinked with faith (Hebrews 6:12), please refer to capsule 18 and 19). As a matter of fact I do not think that we could ever fully exhaust the subject. Since we started the blog I am constantly challenged by both the depth of what I have come to know and what I am yet to know.
As born again Christians there is only one fight we have any legal right to fight or indeed there is only one fight that is needful and that is 'the good fight, which is the fight of faith' (1Tim.6:12, Jude 1:3). Everything we have learnt sofar in these blogs or indeed the whole bible is to help us understand what it means to fight the fight of faith. This is unlike any other fight (2 Corinthians 10:3-6).
The first thing to understand is that we are primarily spiritual beings, and we are fighting from a stand point of victory. Christ already fought and won the war, what we are doing is to ensure we maintain our victory (Galatians 5:1, Colossians 2:14-15). These 2 mindsets are central if you are going to make any sense of the 'fight of faith'. This will help you understand phrases like 'be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might', 'more than a conqueror' etc. With this in mind, there is no way you will ever fail, even when things appear to be the contrary (Philippians 1:19-26).
There remaineth therefore a rest to the people of God. For he that is entered into his rest, he also hath ceased from his own works, as God did from his. Let us labour therefore to enter into that rest, lest any man fall after the same example of unbelief. (Hebrews 4:9-11 KJV)
Hebrews 4:9-11 describes what it means to fight the good fight of faith, in other words it is to 'labour or fight or work to enter into the rest of God, this sounds like an oxymoron, how does one labour to enter into rest? The clue is we are 'human-beings not human-doings'. The original design for man was to rest, that was why he was created on the 6th day and the 7th day God rested. The first day of man on earth was a day of rest. Man woke up to find everything provided, that is, he walked into rest. The labour is the fight to accept that this is the reality. This is the struggle that Christians of every generation have faced, we have this constant urge of wanting to 'do'. Man was not created for service but for fellowship (Revelations 4:11, 2Corinthians 13:14). The question is how do we go about it so that our 'labour' leads into that rest, how do we ensure that our fight is a fight of faith (Hebrews 4:1-3 KJV)
Then said they unto him, What shall we do, that we might work the works of God? (John 6:28 KJV)
Jesus answered and said unto them, This is the work of God, that ye believe on him whom he hath sent. (John 6:28 KJV)
This is what separates victorious Christians from others, knowing how to fight the good fight of faith. It is not a once and for all time thing. you need to constantly remind yourself that the battle or rather the war has been won, you are only the custodian of the victory, moreover you have been given the power and authority to do just that in the name of Jesus (Matthew 10:1, Luke 9:1, Acts1:8)
DON'T BOX THE AIR, FIGHT THE GOOD FIGHT
I would encourage you to go to and through the bible references, they will enrich and make your understanding much more better.