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What did Paul mean when he said he had fought the good fight?



    
    

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Shea S. Michael Houdmann Supporter Got Questions Ministries
In 2 Timothy 4:7, Paul says, "I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith." This well-known and oft-quoted passage is quite significant in that this epistle was Pa...

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9aa51e4b447252291b959c696fb96539 400x400 Jeremiah Kaaya Pastor at Springs of Power Church, Teacher by professional
To declare to be Christian is to equally declare war on the devil. Paul forewarned everybody Christian and whoever intends to be one that to be Christian is to face the devil in battle.

Two major things to consider; 

1) What the battle is, and 

2) How it is to be fought

What the battle is 

The devil is directly confrontational to the will of God. The battle though is not a physical one; it is spiritual (Ephesians 6:12) and is therefore to be governed by a set of rules and regulations. 


In 2 Timothy 4:7, Paul says; ……I have fought a good fight…..What did he mean by calling it a good fight? Let us define it. To be a good fight, it is to be regulated and fought within the confines of the rules of the fight. Conventional wars, sport games and whichever, all are governed by a set of rules and regulations. If you do not fight or play according to the rules, even if you win, your win can’t be counted. Keeping the rules of the game is part of the fight and also part of the victory 1 Corinthians 9:25

It is very important that if we are to be categorized as good fighters, we fight according to the rules and regulations of the game. We are many Christians, but are we Christians according to the stipulations of the Faith? From whom are we taking the instructions? The commander of the army is Jesus. It is therefore not about the fighters, it is about the commander, who is Jesus (2Timothy 2:1-5). Every organization, grouping, religion, Country, whichever it may be is defined by a set of rules and regulations.

How is this battle fought? What does it involve?

In this battle, there are two things to critically consider; the Possessor and the Possessed. The battle is directed at the possessor not the possessed. The forces of evil aren’t direct; they have to find objects in form of human beings to use. For that, a Christian’s “anger” is not to be directed at the object, but at what possesses the object. The battle is not physical, it is to be spiritual, and the weapons to fight with too are to be spiritual. The battle is not to be fought by violence, not by cursing; it is by having the right mind and therefore attack from a point of righteousness. We are not going to grab pangas, guns, and machetes and fight whoever is not Christian and be aggressive to them. We are to pray and preach to them so they get free of the possessor, the devil. This principle, defines a “good fight”. Our fight is to save and set free. It is blend with love not rivalry. It must have results seen and proven to have saved rather than destroyed, to have transformed a life from death rather than to have gotten one far away from God. 

But we are also faced with internal personal battles which we also only overcome by spiritual means. The devil attacks by making us enemies to ourselves. The devil uses other persons to attack us, much as he uses ourselves to break us. It is a battle with former self. We are not to hit ourselves hard, it is by declaring our helplessness and thereby submit to the will of God by whose only power and grace we can overcome. We are continually confronted with uncontrolled appetite for sex, riches hunger, power, and faced with diseases and demonic attacks etc. These are not directed at us per se, they are directed at our Faith in God. The devil is already condemned and his only reward is hell. It is a battle to avoid ending there with him.

By Paul concluding that he had fought a good fight, it can be viewed in two ways;

1)Paul had not only saved his life, but many other people’s lives through the gospel of love which he had spread by the faith he had in Jesus (1Corinthians 9:19-23).

2) He was assured of the prize of the crown of righteousness because he had lost nothing in the fight. A good spiritual fight saves, brings life, mends, reunites, and it is driven by love. He hadn’t substituted anything else for his love of God. He was therefore assured of the reward of success.

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