"Thou hast given a banner to them that fear Thee, that it may be displayed because of the truth" (Ps. 60:4).
Fight, and Lay Hold On Eternal Life
(I Tim. 6:12)
By Michael Zaucha
The obtainment of the salvation which is in Christ Jesus with eternal glory for the saint of the Most High God begins in this time and in this life - in the day of salvation. With the coming of the Lord's Christ into the world, by Jesus putting away of the sin of the world by the sacrifice of himself, thru His resurrection from the dead, and according to His enthronement and exaltation to the right hand of the Majesty on High, the gospel declares with power and great glory - "Behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation" (II Cor. 6:2). Now is the day of obtainment and the laying hold on eternal life.
God's holy men, the prophets, prophesied of this day of salvation and with it, the grace that should come unto you (I Pet. 1:10) - the redeemed of the Lord, those who have received the forgiveness of sins, those who have been turned from darkness to light and from the power of Satan unto God, those who according to the riches of God's grace are truly being blessed with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ Jesus our Lord (Eph. 1:3).
To these ones - the faithful in Christ Jesus - our Heavenly Father summons to lay hold on those very blessings and provisions that God, before the foundations of the world, determined, purposed and is now giving to the saints by Jesus Christ. Not merely to know of them, but to lay hold on them, to follow hard after them, to hold fast those things received, and to apprehend that for which each of us were apprehended of Jesus Christ, even to lay hold on eternal life, whereunto thou art also called (I Tim. 6:12).
The Apostle Paul also reveals that this will require our engagement and determination for the laying hold on eternal life is declared to be a fight - which those who are engaged in it affirm it to be precisely that. Yet, God strengthens us by announcing that it is a good fight to be engaged in, and that our God is with us in it by Jesus Christ, and there are exceeding great and precious promises held out to all that overcome in this fight (see Rev. 2:7; 2:11; 2:17; 2:25-28; 3:5; 3:12; 3:21) - even eternal life.
Still, as long as the saints are in this world that lieth in wickedness, they need to be reminded of that which God has provided and is doing by Jesus Christ, and to be exhorted onward to the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus for them (Phil. 3:14). The apostles of Jesus Christ are able ministers to the saints in this regard.
The apostle Paul exhorts the saint: "hold fast that which is good" (I Th. 5:21) for we have an adversary that will tempt you to let go of the good things of God for lesser, temporal things. The gospel declares that God is for us and with us in this fight saying the very God of peace shall not only "keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus" (Phil. 4:7), but also that He shall "bruise Satan under your feet shortly" (Rom. 16:20).
The gospel reveals that there are divine provisions and blessings at work toward the saint, effectual ones that strengthen them to fight and to lay hold on - and that is what the apostles of Jesus Christ would make known to the fighters.
The apostle Paul again exhorted the saints: "hold fast the form of sound words, which thou hast heard of me, in faith and love which is in Christ Jesus" (II Tim. 1:13). The gospel of Jesus Christ has power to affect these things in all that believe it (Rom. 1:16), and none of the saints should exclude themselves from the partaking of its power for the "sound words" direct and bring us to God's Christ, our great high priest, "in whom are hid all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge" (Col. 2:3).
"Seeing then that we have a great high priest that is passed into the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our profession" (Heb. 4:14). Our great high priest is engaged with us in the fight and the laying hold on eternal life, ever living to make intercession for us, which includes giving us the strength to fight, to stand in the evil day, to present us faultless in the presence of His glory and for us all to lay hold on eternal life.
And on that day when Jesus comes again will the everlasting and effective working of God be shown in its fullness and be declared by the saints concerning their God and His Son Jesus Christ: “The Lord is my strength, and song, and He is become my salvation” (Exod. 15:2). “God is my strength and power” (II Sam. 22:33). “My heart trusted in Him, and I am helped” (Ps. 28:7).
"Let your loins be girded about, and your lights burning; and ye yourselves like unto men that wait for their lord, when he will return from the wedding; that when he cometh and knocketh, they may open unto him immediately" (Lk. 12:35-36).