As Timothy's "commanding officer," Paul gave this charge: stay in Ephesus and confront the false teachers (vv.3-7). This was an urgent order entrusted to a reliable soldier. However, carrying out this order would be no easy task, which is why Paul uses military language (wage the good warfare!) to describe the serious effort that Timothy must exert. This effort is a form of internal warfare, a fight to keep one's faith sincere and conscience clear. The failure to wage this warfare is disastrous (v.20) but the reward for doing so is glorious (2 Tim. 4:7-8). We must remind ourselves that every order in the service of our Lord is to be carried out in love (1:5). But this love is a hard fought love. Underneath this love is a battle that must be fought and won in our hearts (faith and a good conscience). Every time the flag of love is raised, witnesses may know that a battle has been won in the heart.
We must wage the good warfare, a type of warfare that begins in the heart!
Sermon Title: "Wage the Good Warfare"
Text: 1 Timothy 1:18-20
Preacher: Pastor Brandon Bellomo
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