Do You Have a Backbone?
5/27/2013

Do You Have a Backbone?
John A. Gray

   Do you have any backbone for the cause of Christ?  Or, are you ashamed of His name and "Sheepishly" hide His teachings under a basket?

 

1Co 16:13 ASV.  "Watch ye, stand fast in the faith, quit you like men, be strong."

Jud 1:3 ASV.  "Beloved, while I was giving all diligence to write unto you of our common salvation, I was constrained to write unto you exhorting you to contend earnestly for the faith which was once for all delivered unto the saints."

 

         On this Memorial Day let us remember that we are soldiers of Christ that have been given the following commands:

 

"WATCH YE ...".  

 

This exhortation is given in view of the special dangers and temptations which surround the soldiers of Christ. The phrase used here means, to keep awake, to be vigilant.  The sense here is, that we are to watch.  We are to watch lest our souls should be ruined, and our salvation endangered; lest the enemies of the truth and of holiness should steal silently upon us, and surprise us. We are to watch with the same vigilance that is required of a sentinel who guards a camp, lest an enemy should come suddenly upon them, and surprise the camp when the army was locked in sleep.

 

1Th 5:6 ASV.  "so then let us not sleep, as do the rest, but let us watch and be sober."

 

"STAND FAST IN THE FAITH ...". 

 

Be firm in holding and defending the truths of the gospel. Do not yield to any foe, but maintain the truth, and adhere to your confidence in God and to the doctrines of the gospel with unwavering constancy.  Be firm in maintaining what you believe to be true, and in holding on to your personal confidence in God.

1Co 15:1 ASV.  "Now I make known unto you brethren, the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye received, wherein also ye stand,"

 

"QUIT YOU LIKE MEN ..."

 

This instruction means, to be brave and bold; to show oneself a man; that is, not to be a coward, or timid, or alarmed at enemies, but to be bold and brave, that is, be not cowardly.

 

2Ti 1:7 ASV.  "For God gave us not a spirit of fearfulness [timidity or cowardness]; but of power and love and discipline."

 

"BE STRONG ...". 

 

Be firm, fixed and steadfast.  Here the soldier is exhorted to put on all the strength (which they could muster) to meet the enemies with which they had to contend; and the exhortation reminds them that it was only by the strength of the Lord that they could hope for victory.

 

Eph 6:10 ASV.  "Finally, be strong in the Lord, and in the strength of his might."

 

"CONTEND EARNESTLY FOR THE FAITH ...".  

 

This phrase is an allusion to the Grecian games and is used to describe the earnest effort that must be put forth (in those games) to obtain the prize. The reference here, of course, is only to contention by argument, by reasoning, by holding fast the principles of religion, and maintaining them against all opposers.

 

Gal 2:4-5 ASV.  "(4) and that because of the false brethren privily brought in, who came in privily to spy out our liberty which we have in Christ Jesus, that they might bring us into bondage:  (5)  to whom we gave place in the way of subjection, no, not for an hour; that the truth of the gospel might continue with you."

 

1Co 9:24 ASV.  "Know ye not that they that run in a race run all, but one receiveth the prize? Even so run; that ye may attain."

 

In closing --- REMEMBER!

 

Mar 8:38 ASV.  "For whosoever shall be ashamed of me and of my words in this adulterous and sinful generation, the Son of man also shall be ashamed of him, when he cometh in the glory of his Father with the holy angels."




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