Fight the fight of faith
--lots of fighting today, even among Christians--Does it mean fighting to convince yourself to believe it?
1 Timothy 6:10-14-- Agon—contest, effort, contention, conflict
For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows. 11 But thou, O man of God, flee these things; and follow after righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, meekness.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.13 I give thee charge in the sight of God, who quickeneth all things, and before Christ Jesus, who before Pontius Pilate witnessed a good confession;14 That thou keep this commandment without spot, unrebukable, until the appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ
Good fight—striving for the prize of eternal life. The winner get the prize. The fight is there because of faith, as a result of it.
Good profession—confessed you wanted this before people. Live up to it.
Jesus Christ—not only said stuff, but lived up to what He said.
Keep commandment—the Gospel life/love. Without spot—don’t mar it, keep it pure. This isn’t just stuff we say. Pracitce what you preach!
2 Timothy 4:3-8 (7)
For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears;4 And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.5 But watch thou in all things, endure afflictions, do the work of an evangelist, make full proof of thy ministry.6 For I am now ready to be offered, and the time of my departure is at hand.7 I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith:8 Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing.
Own lusts—a longing for what is forbidden, what the Gospel life does away with, falling for earthly things making it hard to live up to profession.
Kept the faith—similar to keep the commandment. Kept the faith—kept the body of beliefs delivered to him, probably more than I managed to continue believing this stuff.
Crown—the reward to the winner.
--Both verses the point is to strive to win. This is a new life to live. Distraction by earthly things is what defeats you.
Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us,2 Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.
Race—the agon, the fight. Every weight—earthly distractions that impede spiritual progress.