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UCGia Bible Insights Thursday, April 27 2023

Are you a christian soldier?

“Onward, Christian Soldiers” is a 19th century English hymn, written by Sabine Baring-Gould in 1865 for English school children to sing as they marched. The music was composed by Arthur Sullivan in 1871. The theme is taken from New Testament references to the Christian being a soldier for Christ: “Thou shalt endure hardness, as a good soldier of Jesus Christ (2 Timothy 2:3 (KJV).

by Donald Ward

As Christians we have to ask ourselves if we are succumbing to the political correctness and multiculturalism of the day where evil is often called good, and good is called evil under the guise of tolerance. There is no middle ground with God—you cannot serve God and mammon i.e. pursue the things of this world (James 4:4-7).

We have to ask ourselves if Christ is truly first in our lives? Paul admonished the Ephesians: “… walk worthy of the vocation [Greek word is klesis which means calling] wherewith you are called” (Ephesians 4:1). We cannot treat our spiritual life as if it were a sideline activity, letting the cares of this world become our number one priority. Christ exhorts us, “Seek first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you” (Matthew 6:33).

The New Testament is replete with admonitions to earnestly contend for the faith once delivered. Satan has tremendous power and is continually waging war. Paul warns, “Put on the whole armor of God that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.” (Ephesians 6:11). He goes on in 2 Corinthians 10:3 and 5 to instruct: “For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh…casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ.”

The glitz of this present evil age appeals to the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes and the pride of life. In order to counter the pressure to conform Christians must be clear about their biblical priorities, and the reason we are here on the earth. “Blessed is that servant, whom his lord when he cometh shall find so doing” (Matthew 24:46).