Until The Final Battle
We began this week thanking the Lord for the men and women who have given their lives to preserve the freedoms we enjoy. We continued the week mentioning the soldiers of the cross who remained faithful to our Lord and Savior, even unto death. Not all in the armed service of our country, nor in service to our Lord are asked to die. Those of us remaining honor those before us through rejoicing, being thankful, and living in the honor these have won.
“For to me to live is Christ,
and to die is gain.”
Philippians 1: 21, KJV
The apostle Paul wrestled with his desire to be with the Lord and his desire to continue in the battles fought on earth. His heart ached to be finished with the wars of this life, and he suffered many. Yet, he was convinced of the need to remain and fight a little longer for the joy and faith he could share with others. He asked—
“Only let your conversation be as it becometh the gospel of Christ: that whether I come and see you, or else be absent, I may hear of your affairs,
- That ye stand fast in one spirit,
- With one mind striving together for the faith of the gospel;
- And in nothing terrified by your adversaries:
which is to them an evident token of perdition,
but to you of salvation and that of God.
For unto you it is given in the behalf of Christ,
not only to believe on him but also to suffer for his sake;”
Philippians 1: 27-29, KJV
As those, in service to our country, remain to fight another day are not standing alone, neither are we, who live in Christ, left to fight our battles alone. For—
“Who shall separate us from the love of Christ?
Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?
As it is written,
FOR THY SAKE WE ARE KILLED ALL THE DAY LONG; WE ARE ACCOUNTED AS SHEEP FOR THE SLAUGHTER.
Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us. For I am persuaded,
that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come,
Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature,
shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
Romans 8 35-39, KJV
While we remain, battles still rage within and without. These will end. But until the final battle is fought and won, when Christ takes his throne, we can rejoice. For he fights with and for us. He guarantees we will live. For as the old song, by Rex Nelon says, “When the battle’s over we shall wear a crown.”
Until the final battle is won and war will be no more—
“Grace be to you and peace
from God the Father,
and from our Lord Jesus Christ,
Who gave himself for our sins,
that he might deliver us from this present evil world,
according to the will of God and our Father:
To whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen.”
Galatians 1: 3-5, KJV
Grace and peace are for the here and now. It can be found only in Jesus Christ. His promise is true—he will deliver his own from this present evil world. Until then, keep fighting the good fight of faith, walk in love toward one another, pray always, and rejoice.