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Christianity is the Fight of [for] Faith

January 5, 2011

True Chrisitianity is the fight of faith. . . . A religion without doctrine or dogma is a thing which many are fond of talking of in the present day. It sound very fine at first. It looks very pretty at a distance. But the moment w sit down to examine and consider it, we shall find it a simply impossibility. We might as well talk of a body without bones or sinews. no man will ever be anything or do anything in religion, unless he believes something. . . .

A special faith in our Lord Jesus Christ’s person, work, and office, is the life, heart and mainspring of the Christian soldier’s character. . . . He sees his own many sins—his weak heart, a tempting world, a busy devil; and if he looked only at them he might well despair. But he sees also a mighty Saviour, an interceding Saviour, a sympathizing Saviour—His blood, His righteousness, He everlasting priesthood—and he beleives that all this is his own. He sees Jesus, and casts his whole weight on Him. Seeing Him he cheerfully fights on, with a full confidence that he will prove “more that conqueror through Him that loved him” (Rom. 8:37).

Or, as Paul put it, “Fight the good fight for the faith; take hold of eternal life, to which you were called and have made a good confession before many witnesses” (1 timothy 6:12, HCSB). Eternal life is no easy thing to achieve, if I’m reading this verse, as well as the rest of the NT correctly. It is found walking on a narrow road. It is laying down one’s selfishness and nailing self to one’s cross. It is serving, not being served. It is following Master Jesus (Romans 6:15-23).

[The above quotation is from J.I. Packer & J. C. Ryle, Faithfulness and Holiness, pp. 163-164].

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