When a person is born again into the Christian faith and is given by God the measure of faith (Rm. 12:3) they must realize that there is a fight to faith. 1 Timothy 6:12 says, “Fight the good fight of faith…” and the word used for fight means to contend for a prize; to contend with an adversary or compete for a prize; to endeavor to accomplish something even to struggle for it. The word implies conflict, opposition, struggle, and resistance. It is a “good fight,” one that is honorable and approved by God for us to be involved in and good because Jesus won the victory allowing us to win in life’s circumstances. There is also a fight, a contending, for the Christian faith or its body of truth. What do we fight the good fight of faith for?
1. WE FIGHT TO EARNESTLY CONTEND FOR THE CHRISTIAN FAITH
Jude 3 Beloved, when I gave all diligence to write unto you of the common salvation, it was needful for me to write unto you, and exhort you that ye should earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints.
The faith is the Christian faith: its truths, purity, standards, and power once handed down from Jesus to the Apostles, prophets, and early believers requires a fight to keep them intact. We have to contend to keep them from being tarnished, diluted, compromised, adjusted or adapted down to the rottening values and corruption in culture. The Church is the pillar and support of the truth in the Earth (1 Timothy 3:15).
This contending is to happen even within the political realms. The immoral and antichrist spirit of error working in a political administration will do as the prophet Daniel said in Daniel 8:12, “And an host was given him against the daily sacrifice by reason of transgression, and it cast down the truth to the ground; and it practised, and prospered.” When its policies force their morality upon the Church, casting down the truth, causing sin (transgression of God’s moral Law) to be practiced and prosper (advance), it is time to contend. We cannot be silent as the pillar and support of the truth. Our current administration has officially endorsed same-sex marriage and, this past week, gender based on how a person subjectively identifies themselves instead of their biological and chromosomal defined sex. Then our attorney general compared sex segregated restrooms to discrimination that happened to black Americans under Jim Crow laws. How insulting and absurd, those professing themselves as wise have become fools. There is no moral equivalence between the two. We must contend for the truths of our faith.
2. WE FIGHT TO FINISH OUR COURSE
2 Timothy 4:7. I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith:
What we are called to do, gifted to do, and God planned for us to do requires a fight to continue to be faithful and to keep our focus on our assignment. The race, the prescribed course God has set before us we have to finish. Jesus finished the work God gave Him to do (Jn. 17:4) and there is a fight to being a finisher. Paul maintained his fidelity to the plan God had for his life, he kept the faith, and was a finisher.
3. WE FIGHT TO BELIEVE WHAT GOD SAYS IN HIS WORD
1 Timothy 6:12 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.
We fight to hold on to what we believe from God’s Word over the contradicting circumstances or what we think, feel, and see. We believe and say what God’s Word says whether it is a FACT of our redemption that is already accomplished or a PROMISE that is not a fact yet but is feasible, can happen, or potentially possible. This fight has nothing to do with overcoming any reluctance on God’s part to give us something provided in Christ or promised but it is a normal part of being a Christian and receiving things by faith.