I believe Paul was a sports fan; in this case boxing. We are told to fight the good fight of faith.
We are in a spiritual battle. One that is unseen to us. Paul tells the Church of Ephesus that we are in a wrestling match.
In this blog post, I talk about fighting the good fight. He used great sportslike analogies in his epistles. Paul instructs us we must fight the good fight. We are in a spiritual battle. One that is unseen to us. Paul tells the Church of Ephesus that we are in a wrestling match. He tells us in Ephesians 6:12-13, “For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.
Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.”
1 Timothy 6:12, “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.”
‘FIGHT’ IN GREEK
Two usages of the word fight here. One usage is the actual sport itself, similar to boxing or a karate match in which someone is aiming for a prize. The other the gathering where the fight is at. It implies to fight the good fight right where you are.
IN ENGLISH: agōnizou
DEFINITION: to contend for a prize, struggle
IN ENGLISH: agōn DEFINITION: a gathering, contest, struggle
There is a fight going on around us and most of us don’t even see it. The one good thing is that God has fought the fight for us. We already know the outcome of the fight or the wresting match. As a certain pastor says it, “The fight is fixed! We know who wins!”
Even though we know who wins the fight, that doesn’t mean we stop fighting this spiritual war. The devil would love for you to hang up the gloves or tap out of the match. But we must press on! We must not be afraid to get hit either! No matter what we go through we must keep going. We cannot back down! No matter how big the giant is. Remember David slew Goliath, a great big giant. David was a wee little man too.
We are fighting against the devil and also our sinful desires that we are easily drawn to. That is why we must repent and turn away from those desires. When we do that we can fight the good fight of faith. The repentance or turning away from those sins says that I am trusting in Christ and Him alone. He is the only one that can see us through the fight.
Because we are in this fight, we must protect ourselves. That is why we must put on the whole Armour of God. Note the Whole Armour! The Armour is that like of a Roman Soldier that is going off to war or fight a battle. Each piece serves a special purpose.
Ephesians 6:10-17, “Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might.
Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.
For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.
Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.
Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness;
And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace;
Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked.
And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God:“