The good fight – 1 Timothy 6:12

Fight the good fight of the faith. Take hold of the eternal life to which you were called and about which you made the good confession in the presence of many witnesses.

1 Timothy 6:12 ESV

RELEVANT SCRIPTURE

1 Corinthians 9:25
Everyone who competes in the games trains with strict discipline. They do it for a crown that is perishable, but we do it for a crown that is imperishable.

Philippians 1:30
since you are encountering the same struggle you saw I had, and now hear that I still have.

Philippians 3:12
Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already been perfected, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me.

Colossians 3:15
Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, for to this you were called as members of one body. And be thankful.

1 Timothy 1:18
Timothy, my child, I entrust you with this command in keeping with the previous prophecies about you, so that by them you may fight the good fight,

1 Timothy 1:19
holding on to faith and a good conscience, which some have rejected and thereby shipwrecked their faith.

1 Timothy 4:14
Do not neglect the gift that is in you, which was given you through the prophecy spoken over you at the laying on of the hands of the elders.

1 Timothy 6:19
treasuring up for themselves a firm foundation for the future, so that they may take hold of that which is truly life.

SELECT COMMENTARY

Gill’s Exposition of the Entire Bible
Fight the good fight of faith,…. The apostle suggests to Timothy, that he had other business to do than to mind the things of this world; his life was a state of warfare; he was a soldier, and was not to entangle himself with the things of this life; he had many enemies to engage with, as Satan, and his principalities and powers; sin, and the lusts of the flesh; the world, and the men of it, and a great fight of afflictions to endure with them; as also false teachers, with, whom particularly he was to fight the good fight of faith, that so the truth of the Gospel, which they resisted, might continue with the saints. This fight is called “the fight of faith”; partly in opposition to the law, and to , “the fight”, or “war of the law” the Jews (r) so much talk of; and in which the false teachers, in the apostle’s time, were so much engaged, and against whom the apostles set themselves; and partly because the doctrine of faith, the faith of the Gospel, the faith once delivered to the saints, is what they earnestly contended, strove, and fought for; and because the grace of faith, as conversant with the Scriptures of truth, was the weapon they fought with: and this may be called a “good fight”, because it is in a good cause, the cause of God and truth; and under a good Captain, Jesus Christ the Captain of our salvation; for which good weapons are provided, even the whole armour of God, and which are not carnal, but spiritual and mighty; to which may be added, that those who are engaged in this fight may be sure of victory, and the crown of glory, life, and righteousness: so that when they have done fighting they have nothing else to do but to

lay hold on eternal life; as Timothy for his encouragement is here bid to do. Eternal life is the prize of the high calling of God, which is held up, and held forth to those who are fighting the Lord’s battles; and this they should look unto as the recompense of reward; and this they may lay hold upon, even now by faith, believing their interest in it, their right unto it, and that they shall enjoy it; of which they may be the more assured, because of their effectual calling:

whereunto thou art also called; not barely by the external ministration of the Gospel, in which sense many are called, but few chosen and saved; but internally, by the special grace and power of the Spirit of God; and such who are so called, are not only called to grace, but to eternal glory; and the God of all grace, who has called unto it, of his sovereign good will and pleasure, is faithful, and will bestow it

MY PONDERING

In the previous passage, vs 11 we read: But you, O man of God, flee from these things and pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, perseverance, and gentleness.

We are advised, as Timothy, to flee evil and pursue good specifically those 6 noble characteristics. That is the good fight. In another verse Paul exhorts us to, ‘Treasure Up’. I like that. He sure was talking money but gifts bestowed and of little value if not taking hold of deep down in our heart and applied thru our actions and living. I am confident each person living has their struggles, their cross to bear yet our blessings far outnumber our burdens. Thinking of our bountiful blessings, improving our skill and application, pondering all things good is Treasuring Up!

Paul says, ‘take hold’ not just of this life but also eternal life. We aren’t the creator or the initiator but rather the responder, the steward. The gift of eternal life, spiritual armor, and our calling are of no value if not received, treasured and lived. This is the good fight. Winning for God’s glory to lay down our crown for our leader, Christ Jesus.

MY PRAYER

Lord, please sweet Savour empower me to be a strong fighter, an effectual overcomer. Your Word is my power ammo.

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