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The Fight of Faith


Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, whereunto thou art also called, and hast professed a good profession before many witnesses. —1 Timothy 6:12 KJV

Which comes first, eternal life, or the fight of faith?


The charge of the apostle here is not that a man shall fight to lay hold on eternal life, but that a man shall lay hold on life eternal in order to fight. I am afraid that has not always been the interpretation of this passage. We have very often read it as though the apostle meant that a man is to fight the good fight of the faith and presently to lay hold on eternal life. If that has been our interpretation it is because of a common mistake which postpones the possession of eternal life to the ages beyond. Eternal life is something for today.

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How shall I find eternal life? The answers are as familiar to you as is the Book of God. You have heard them from childhood. Hear the words of Jesus, “This is life eternal, that they should know Thee the only true God, and Him whom Thou didst send, even Jesus Christ.” Yes, but how am I to know the only true God and Him whom He has sent? Hear another of the statements of the New Testament, “He came unto his own, and they that were his own received him not. But as many as received him, to them gave he the right to become children of God, even to them which believe on his name: which were born”—there is the beginning of eternal life in the soul—“not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.”

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I call you in the name of the great Leader of faithful souls to fight the good fight of the faith, and I say to you tonight, you can fight that fight only as you lay hold on eternal life. I say to you finally, eternal life is yours here and now if you are His. It may come silently, gently, so much so that you hardly know the moment of its coming. When you take your life and hand it over to the great Captain of Salvation, you lay hold on eternal life, and in the power of that life you may begin your fight and win in secret and in public, in your own life and in every endeavor for the Kingdom of God.

—G. Campbell Morgan, “The Fight of Faith”, The Westminster Pulpit (Baker, 2006), 2:16–17, 22.

Posted 2020·04·07 by David Kjos
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