A Good Soldier of Jesus Christ
II Timothy 2:1-4
Today we are talking about "A Good Soldier of Jesus Christ." In the scripture, the Bible has much to say about the Christian life in terms of military service. The apostle Paul wrote about the things that he knew and he used those things to illustrate the Christian life. He knew about athletics because in Paul's world they had a great deal of athletics just as we do today. They had the Olympian games. The forerunner of the Olympian games took place in the Mediterranean world in cities like Ephesus, cities in Asia-Minor, in Turkey and so he knew about the javelin throw and he spoke of the Christian life in terms of a wrestling match or in terms of the race. And he said that we ought to run the race that is set before us with patience. He said we ought to be good athletes for Christ.
But another figure of speech he used was that of the soldier. When Paul wrote these words he was chained to a Roman soldier. He was in a Roman jail, in fact, everywhere he looked there were soldiers. And so, Paul in communicating to Timothy what it was to be a good Christian writes and says to Timothy you need to be a good soldier of Jesus Christ. And he makes a comparison to the Christian to that of being a good soldier.
II Timothy 2:1-4 "Thou therefore, my son, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus. And the things thou hast heard of me among many witnesses, the same commit thou to faithful men, who shall be able to teach others also. Thou therefore endure hardness, as a good soldier of Jesus Christ. No man that warreth entangleth himself with the affairs of this life; that he may please him who hath chosen him to be a soldier."
Now you may not have realized it, but when you accepted Jesus Christ as your personal Savior, when you said I do to Jesus, you were saying I enlist in the army of the Lord. I enlist in the military service of Jesus Christ. I pledge myself to be a good soldier of Jesus Christ. The army of the Lord is not a draft. He doesn't force anybody to be a soldier, He doesn't force anybody to be saved, He doesn't force anybody to follow Him, but once you take up your cross and follow Him you cannot look back. You cannot decide to go back, you cannot decide to turn aside, but once you have enlisted in His army, then you must pledge yourself to be a good soldier of Jesus Christ.
I. THE REASON FOR BEING A GOOD SOLDIER
Now why should you be a good soldier of Jesus Christ? Well, there are three reasons you should be a good soldier. Number one, because we are in a battle against sin. You will find immediately when you give your life to Jesus Christ that you need to be afraid of sin, because sin is your enemy. Sin will drag you down. Sin will hurt you. You need to be afraid of sin because sin will destroy your life. Sin will destroy your testimony. Sin will destroy your home. Sin will destroy your marriage. Sin will destroy your effective ...
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