“You therefore must endure hardship as a good soldier of Jesus Christ.” 2 Timothy 2:3
- Princes combat with flesh and blood. Christians wrestle with principalities and powers.
- Princes engage in conflicts which are often suspended by a truce. Christians are not allowed a moment’s respite.
The former may make conditions of peace. The latter must refuse all overtures.
- Princes may be vanquished — yet escape with their lives. Professed Christians can yield only at the expense of their salvation.
Therefore watch as for your life. Fight as for your soul. The enemies whom you see today, you shall see no more. When, having put them all to flight, you shall lay down your sword and take up your crown and sing, “Victory, victory!” forever, through the blood of the Lamb. Let then the prospect of heavenly glory fire you. Though your enemies be powerful, go forth against them in the strength of the Captain of your salvation.
Devotion by Karl Heinrich von Bogatzky (1690—1774)
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