Sermonette: Soldiers of Christ

Enduring to the End

Given 12-Sep-20; 16 minutes

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Paul enjoins God's people to enlist as soldiers of Christ (II Timothy 2:1-4), enduring hardship, keeping themselves unentangled with the world, and selecting the appropriate armor for spiritual battle. Paul, a former persecutor of God's people, learned to endure persecution by putting on the armor of God. All parts of this armor, except for the sword (symbolic of God's Word), are defensive, indicating that God's soldiers are to steer clear of the world's political intrigue, serving instead as ambassadors of God's coming Kingdom. The dismal state of morality in American culture today, unleashing an inordinate amount of offense and betrayal, shows that God's called-out ones have much soldiering to do before Christ's return, battling the carnal nature desirous of snuffing out their spiritual lives. The soldiers must endure to the end, yielding their bodies to Christ, "so that they may be fashioned like His glorious body, by the power with which He is able to subdue all things to Himself." (Philippians 3:21).