First and foremost, the Diocesan brought to memory of all the theme of the first session of the first Synod as “Build the Builders” reminding us that we have dynamic and willing youths to build in the Diocese who are to be encouraged, the second session theme “Remove the little foxes” knowing that in every development there cannot but be destructors that serves as hindrances to growth which need be prune. The theme of this year Synod is “Fighting the good fight“. We use this as what to meditate on because we realize some challenges that we have both within and without the Diocese to which we have to wage war against.
In I Tim. 1:18-20, Paul called Timothy to be a faithful soldier of Jesus Christ and fight the good fight. Paul wrote the letter to Timothy to assist him in the long campaign of Christian warrior. This is not meant only for Paul and Timothy, but absolutely mandatory for every believer as an unavoidable reality of our existence. Paul is reminding Timothy that he has informed the Romans, Ephesians and Thessalonians that he must re-echoed it in Timothy hearing to know that he got a fight on his hand to fight.
The Christian warfare calls us to be alert and to put every atom of ability into, in order to gain the victory. He was “finally charged to be strong in the Lord and His mighty power. (Ephs 6:10-13). There is not a Christian who does not feel his shortcomings as a good soldier of Jesus Christ. Everybody knows that our failure is not because of no talent but our weakness in fighting the good fight. It is due to our laziness, prayerlessness, cowardice, etc.
It is a true saying that a lot of Christians do not want to hear the word fight. In the Old Testament days God told some of His people to go out and kill all the enemies of God. What we are saying here is that in certain respect God tolerate to fight. But this is not saying we should start fighting. Christian life is not just a little namely – pamby. If we have friend in the military, we will know what would happen if a soldier decide, today I am not going to fight. This means he is ready to go to the jailhouse or detention in the barracks. The detention is God’s work he who refuse it is that God will withhold His blessing from him or her. The Bible teaches repeatedly that the Christian life is a constant warfare. In II Tim. 4:7 Paul says “I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course. I have done the job God gave me to do the best of my ability “I have kept the fight” He did not praise himself. You too need not to praise yourself”.
A good soldier knows his duty – must stand against anything that would oppose the truth of salvation by grace through faith. We stand against anything who would attempt to change that gospel. The letter was written to Timothy because he holds the responsibility of standing against what is false and working for what is true.
A good soldier has been trained and set apart: Timothy was genuinely Paul’s true child in the faith he has been trained by his spiritual father. Paul ordered 1Timothy in chapter 4 verse 14 that “Do not neglect the gift you have which was given you by prophecy when the council of elders laid their hands on you”.
A good soldier fight’s the good fight: there are two extremes of soldiers on one side you have the reserves who usually give one weekend a month and a few weeks a year for training and service. There is a group like the Navy seals and Army rangers who give their lives for training and service. The problem of the church is that we are rising up weekend warriors and not special forces. We should not be a weaken warrior but a trained soldier.
Marks of a Bad Soldier
A light grip on faith and a good conscience some have a shipwreck of their faith. A bad soldier rejects faith and good conscience. This rejection is not a slow drifting. The rejection is a deliberate and conscious turning away from something. A bad soldier swerves away from a pure heart, a good conscience and a sinner faith. This soldier doesn’t want to talk about sin or the infinite holiness of God. Being poured out want to talk about wrath of God being poured out on Jesus Christ on the cross so that he could save sinners. God has called us to grow in our faith. It is part of our calling as soldiers to discipline those that are rejecting the faith; to handover them to Satan this mean to remove that person from church membership. A good soldier will never be glad when people are perishing. A good soldier never mocks the bad soldier good soldier obeys God’s command and loves God’s people.
Christian fellowship is one of the process if not the last resort. We should approach those outside so that they will return to the fold then, we will gain their heart for Christ has given us instruction to look for those outside and bring them in. – Matt. 18:15ff “if your brother sins against you, go and show him his fault just between the two of you. If he listens to you, you have won your brother. But if he will listen, take one or two others along, so that every matter may be established by the testimony of two or three witnesses….. Looking back to what Hymeneals and Alenxander did to Paul and church. The response of Paul that, “ I have handed them over to satan to be taught not to blaspheme” it is not that Paul in his Apostolic did it all alone, He acted on fellowship with the church. So let us arise together to fight the good fight of faith so that we do not suffer our faith.
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