The Soldier Of Christ
"no man that wars entangles himself with the affairs of this life; that he may please him who has chosen him to be a soldier." 2 Tim.2:4
With the call to arms, the well-trained soldier's thoughts immediately race to the scene where his training will be put to the ultimate test – the battlefield. With that scene before him, he is confronted with a multitude of thoughts - thoughts of victory, defeat, the injured and inevitable casualties. Duty and obligation to a worthy cause are noble reasons that motivate a person to enlist in such an endeavor.
The cause of Christ is the war against sin and its perpetrator the devil, which Jesus came to destroy " ...For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that He might destroy the works of the devil." (1Jn5:8b) The cause of Christ is the battle for the salvation of souls from eternal banishment, to enjoy the blessings of eternal life with the Creator. To be
engaged in battle for the cause of Christ is the highest plateau to which man can ascend. Are we ready to take up arms, and go to battle? The cause of Christ demands the entire attention of the soldier to the exclusion of any other matter that would provoke the jealousy of our God, "no man that wars entangles himself with the affairs of this life: that he may please him who has chosen him to be a soldier" (2Tim.2:4) The figure
of a soldier is used to illustrate the dutiful relationship of the faithful to Christ, the "Captain of their salvation."
The Power Of Our Weapon
A successful campaign in warfare requires adequate weaponry to overcome resistance, coupled with the skill and ability to use such. Our Lord assessed the enemy and furnished the Gospel, the only weapon that will accomplish His objective, the conquest of the sin cursed world. Jesus said, "go ye into the world, and preach the Gospel to every creature" (Mk.16:15). The Gospel was designed to reveal, achieve and sustain the cause of Christ. Paul said of the Gospel in (Rom 1:16) "...it is the power of God unto salvation." Testifying to the type of war, object of our offensive, and the sufficiency of our weapon he wrote in 2Cor 10:5 neither the war nor the weapon is fleshly, and that our weapon is mighty through God, capable of overthrowing strongholds, and able to penetrate the source of imaginations.
The Surety Of Our Success
The Captain of our cause, Jesus Christ, has all power in Heaven and earth, thereby insuring victory, "But thanks be to God, which gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ." 1Cor 15:57. Satan may make great gains in the world, his servants may seem to prevail in their cause, but their victories are short lived, passing away with this world and its lusts. However, our victory through Jesus carries with it absolute triumph for eternity. Think about it.