President’s Challenge – The Good Fight of Faith

Dr. R. Barry Beebe, NBBI President
Dr. R. Barry Beebe, NBBI President

Our theme for the 2010-2011 school year is “the Christian Soldier, the Armour of God and the Fight for Faith.”

Paul speaks to Timothy about a good war (1 Timothy 1:18); a good fight (1 Timothy 6:12, 2 Timothy 4:7) and a good soldier (2 Timothy 2:3-4). Some would wonder what is good about warring, soldiering and fighting? However, when it is a soldier of Christ, warring and fighting against sin, self, Satan, evil spirits and an evil society it is good; very, very good!

The word “good,” translated from the Greek, refers to beauty, an inner quality of character, an inner substance of value and honour, that which is intrinsically good in its very nature.

Paul, the old battle hardened soldier, is challenging the young soldier, the young recruit Timothy, to make it good. He challenges him to go to war against evil and do it well, to fight with character and integrity, a battle which is of supreme value and quality, a battle for God’s glory, God’s truth and God’s holiness.

I am challenging our students to enter the realm of spiritual warfare and spiritual conflict. We need to recognize the wiles of the devil and the fiery darts of the wicked one. We need to learn how to be strong in the Lord and the power of His might. We need to put on the whole armour of God. We need to stand, withstand and wrestle against principalities and powers, rulers of the darkness of this world, spiritual wickedness and wicked ones in high places. We need to march forward for Christ in the dark kingdom of the devil, preach the Gospel of light and claim precious souls for Christ.

Good soldiers need to endure hardness and hardship; they need to defend and fight for the faith once delivered to the saints. They need to use the great weapons provided by our Commander. They need not to be entangled with the distracting affairs of this life.

The captain of our salvation, the Lord Jesus Christ, emerged from the tomb a conqueror. By His life, death, burial and resurrection, He has defeated all sin, crucified the old man, overcome this vile world and spoiled all principalities and powers, triumphing over them in an open show of victory.

Are you a good soldier of Jesus Christ?

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