The “fight the good fight of faith sermon” reminds us about our commitment to Jesus Christ. This appeal was made by Paul while writing to Timothy.
He reminded Timothy that we must run away from sin and remain steadfast in the service of God.
This article explains
- The meaning of faith
- What does the bible say about faith
- What the phrase “fight the good fight of faith” means
- How to fight for the faith of Christ.
So, what does faith mean?
The Oxford dictionary defines faith as
a complete trust or confidence in something.
Other words that can are synonymous to faith are trust, conviction, dependence, and belief.
What does the bible say about faith
Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.
According to the Scriptures, having a strong belief in something we do not see and trusting in it, is faith.
Faith is complete trust in God’s might and promise. It is impossible to draw closer to God without having full confidence in his word and promise.
The fact you call yourself a Christian is faith. This is because, you’ve never seen Christ, neither have you heard him preach physically to you. Instead, through faith, you believe he exists, and you are doing his works.
Recognizing and believing in Christ is one thing, but as true Christians, living a Christ-like life is more important for our salvation.
Fighting for Christ means accepting he died for our sins and enduring the suffering that comes from believing in Him. This involves running away from sin and living a righteous life.
Fighting the Good fight of faith: What Did Paul mean?
Fighting the good fight of faith is an exhortation of Paul to Timothy in 1 Timothy 6:12
Fight the good fight of the faith. Take hold of the eternal life to which you were called when you made your good confession in the presence of many witnesses
Fighting the good fight of faith means that you’ve accepted a fight which you’ve already won. Fight on the side of Christ is a good thing. This is because Jesus Christ can never lose a battle. He is the beloved son of the most high God.
God has exalted Jesus above all thing on earth that at his name, every power will bow.
Therefore God exalted him to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow,in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. Philippians 2:9-11
Therefore, you can never lose a battle when standing on the side of Jesus Christ. He is so powerful that the wicked tremble at calling his name.
Being a Christian means you’ve accepted Christ died for your sins. This is the first step to fighting for your faith. If you’ve accepted Jesus, then you’ve agreed to join his army in the battle.
However, believing Christ died for your sins is not enough. You must live the way he lived on earth. You must suffer for the sake of Christ. Your life must show righteousness at all time.
and if children, heirs also, heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ, if indeed we suffer with Him so that we may also be glorified with Him Romans 8:17
Fight the Good fight of Faith: 3 tools you need
To fight the good fight of faith, there are tools you need to persevere. Fighting with Christ comes with lots of suffering. Therefore, you must be battle ready to always be on his side of the battle. Here are three tools you need
Before the coming and death of Jesus Christ, The Jews lived under the laws of Moses. These laws were made to make men fear the power of God.
After Christ died, we’ve been set into Liberty and redeemed to the ways of the almighty God.
Therefore, all commandments have been fulfilled in Love. That by loving the ways of Christ and your neighbor you can be sure you are battle ready.
For all the law is fulfilled in one word, even in this; Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself Galatians 5:14 (KJV)
Love is by far the primary tool you need in this battle. Simply put, if you love Christ then you will live like him and keep his commandments
He that hath my commandments, and keepeth them, he it is that loveth me: and he that loveth me shall be loved of my Father, and I will love him, and will manifest myself to him John 14:21
2. Absolute Faith
Faith is another weapon you need when “fighting for the faith.” You cannot fight for what you do not believe in. Faith anchors your trust in Christ. It is your only chance to make the impossible possible.
Love is by far more important than faith. If you love the ways of Christ, it means you believe in him (faith), and you are keeping his commandments.
And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love 1 Corinthians 13:13
Through faith and love of Christ, we can come closer to Christ and walk in the spirit.
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law. Galatians 5:22-23
Everyone that fights and struggles do it for a reward. If you work, your reward is money. If you are an athlete, your reward is a prize.
So, therefore, if you are fighting the good fight of faith, you have a reward. This reward is eternal glory with Christ.
Hope in Christ is the tool that straightens your soul when the battles Get tough. When your temptation rises, hope keeps you in faith and love of Jesus Christ.
Through him we have also obtained access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and we rejoice in hope of the glory of God. More than that, we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us. Romans 5:2-5
Fight the good fight of faith bible verses
I have compiled a list of bible verses that encourage us to keep fighting for our salvation
1. 2 Timothy 4:7 on fighting until the end
I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.
A vital tool you need as a Christian is steadfastness in Christ. This is because we are human, and though we always strive for perfection, we can sin.
If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. 1 John 1:8
Retracing our sinful steps and asking for forgiveness is critical when fighting for the faith.
This is because if you fall by the wayside, and continue to live in sin, you will not inherit what God has promised.
Paul is advising us to stand by the faith and run until the end. This is critical to be assured of the promise.
Henceforth there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, will award to me on that Day, and not only to me but also to all who have loved his appearing. 2 Timothy 4:8
2. 1 Corinthians 16:13 standing firm in the faith
Be watchful, stand firm in the faith, act like men, be strong.
Paul fought the good fight of faith and knew there was a reward for those who serve God. He, therefore, advised us to stay firm in the faith which we were called.
As Faithful Christians, we should be firm when tribulations come our way. We should be conscious of the methods of the devil and act like Christ. We should be vigilant because the devil only seeks to destroy us.
The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full John 10:10
Therefore, if we run the race of faith until the end, then we are assured of God promise.
Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one receives the prize? So run that you may obtain it. Every athlete exercises self-control in all things. They do it to receive a perishable wreath, but we an imperishable 1 Corinthians 9:24-27
3. 2 Timothy 2:3 on partaking in Christ suffering
Share in suffering as a good soldier of Christ Jesus.
Suffering for Christ is running away from the sins of this world. Avoiding anything that dampens your faith and standing as a true soldier of Jesus Christ.
Living in sin means accepting the ways of the flesh. If you do, you will miss Gods promise of salvation.
The ways of the flesh bring immediate relief to our lusts, but the ways of the spirit lead to eternal salvation.
The acts of the flesh are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery; idolatry and witchcraft; hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions, and envy; drunkenness, orgies, and the like. I warn you, as I did before, that those who live like this will not inherit the kingdom of God. Galatians 5:19-21
Therefore, if we’ve decided to fight the good fight of faith, we must walk in the spirit.
If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit. Galatians 5:25
Here are scriptural examples of faith
By faith Abel brought God a better offering than Cain did. By faith he was commended as righteous, when God spoke well of his offerings. And by faith Abel still speaks, even though he is dead. Hebrew 11:4
Abel is well known for his sacrifice to God. Through faith, he knew it was important to please God.
By faith Noah, when warned about things not yet seen, in holy fear built an ark to save his family. By his faith he condemned the world and became heir of the righteousness that is in keeping with faith Hebrews 11:7
Noah was a just man in the sight of God. In his generation, the Bible described him as perfect. (Genesis 6:9)
Through faith, he obeyed God and built an ark. He never doubted God’s power to destroy the world.
By faith Abraham, when called to go to a place he would later receive as his inheritance, obeyed and went, even though he did not know where he was going Hebrews 11:8
Through faith, Abraham obeyed God instruction to move to a new place without questioning God.
And by faith even Sarah, who was past childbearing age, was enabled to bear children because she considered him faithful who had made the promise
Sarah also displayed tremendous faith in God for believing that she would conceive even at her old age. She trusted in the power of the Almighty God.
Therefore, with these examples, you can see faith is the total belief in the power of God and trusting him to do whatever he has promised.
If God says, he will take away all illness from you, then believe in his power to do it. If God says, he will never forsake his people, then surely he will always be there to protect you.