There are two more parts to Paul’s charge to Timothy in 1 Timothy 1:18-19. We will look at the second one in this blog. “This charge I entrust to you, Timothy, my child…that…you may wage the good warfare, holding faith.” Notice the grammatical construction of this sentence. “Good warfare” must be carried on by “holding faith.” In other words, they are not independent of each other. Holding biblical faith with a ‘life grip’ requires seeing our faith as a “possession,” not merely an ideal or philosophy we follow. For “faith” or belief in God and His truth to be real, it must be the source, spring and power of our lives. Wage war for some ideology has no anchor, foundation or eternal objective with eternal rewards.
When Peter wrote to believers who were being severely tested by persecution under Nero, he exhorts them in this way; “In this you rejoice, though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been grieved by various trials, so that the tested genuineness of your faith—more precious than gold that perishes though it is tested by fire—may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ” (1 Peter 1:6–7). Take a moment and reread these verses. God often allows us to go through times of testing to see if our ‘grip’ on the “faith” is “genuine.”
By “holding faith,” we will make sure that our warfare has a biblical foundation and stands up against the attacks of Satan. Without “God’s firm foundation” of faith as the basis of warfare, we will use the weapons of flesh and lose every battle. From what I am observing today, so many in the Church are attempting to do God’s work without knowing the biblical principles that must govern everything. The results are appalling! Make a difference where you are by RETURNING TO THE AUTHORITY AND SUFFICIENCY OF SCRIPTURE!
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