training as a Marine during boot camp at ParisIsland
emphasized the need for a soldier to be physically fit, mentally alert,
and under authority. It wasn’t long
before I realized who was giving the orders and the consequences to
others if they were not obeyed.
Timothy 2: 1-7 provides the ground rules
for being a soldier for Christ.Like a
soldier in an earthly battle, a soldier in a spiritual battle must be
for battle and understand that casualties are expected,
be experienced and orders must be followed.He must, “apprehend what he has been apprehended for!”
soldier of Christ is instructed by God’s word concerning his training,
mission, what to expect and who his commander-in-chief is.If God is on our side - we win.
we are going to become soldiers in the army of Christ what are some of
characteristics we should possess? What kind of training do we need?
2 Timothy 2: 1-7 Scripture provides four characteristics or attributes
soldier of Christ whichprovide insight
into the training needed and what can be expected. The first of these characteristics is stated
as a command from Paul to Timothy in verse 1.
soldier of Christ needs strength a.
We must stir up
ourselves (choose) to accept the
grace provided to us by Christ (v.1.) Paul exhorts Timothy
to find his strength in Christ b. We must be strong in the grace -
be continually strengthened in the
grace which isfreely
given and not look to ourselves or
others for the strength
which will be needed.
second characteristic or expectation of a soldier of Christ is given in
soldier of Christ needs to be prepared for hardship a.
pain, suffering, casualties -
when these things happen don’t be surprised.Paul is certainly in a position to provide living testimony to
in this area. (v.3.)
b. Note the emphasis on “good
soldier of Jesus Christ”. He is the
that strength is required (and will be given), and knowing that
be expected, we now move on to the objective of a soldier of Christ. What are our marching orders?
soldier of Christ has an objective - a primary goal a.
What you have
heard from me - entrust to faithful
men to pass on to others. EVANGELIZE THE WORLD.Consider
the law of multiplication. 1. (Illustration) Story
of man entering a huge hall in heaven filled with thousands.He
recognizes only two people he witnessed
to - all the rest are there
as a result.
b. Paul is saying -consider your
calling, consider the message you have heard, consider the good news of
the gospel -
DEPOSIT it in
order to carry out the goal - to realize the objective - to succeed in
soldier must be under authority; the fourth characteristic of a soldier
Christ (vs 4 & 5)
soldier of Christ is under authority a.Whole
hearted devotion to obeying (pleasing) the commander-in-chief; focused,
single minded, unwavering,
b.The crown is won when we fight in accordance with the rules -
Crown will go to those who are willing to
obey - to lay down their lives - to submit - to surrender their bodies
members of their bodies to Jesus Christ. 2.A
good soldier of Christ will KNOW that his strength
comes from an omnipotent
God, his endurance will be sustained by a loving and merciful God,
his objective is
approved by an omniscient (all knowing God),
authority comes from a sovereign God who sits in the heavens
what HE pleases.