1 Timothy 6:12
Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, whereunto you are also called…
Instead of the struggle of the covetous for wealth, there ought to be the struggle of the faithful to lay hold on the prize of eternal life.
I. THE CHRISTIAN STRUGGLE. "Fight the good fight of faith."
1. The enemies it, this warfare. The world, the flesh, and the devil; the principalities and powers; the false teachers, with their arts of seduction.
2. The warfare itself. It is "a good fight."
(1) The term suggests that Christian life is not a mystic quietism, but an active effort against evil.
(2) It is a good fight, because
(a) it is in a good cause - for God and truth and salvation;
(b) it is under a good Captain - Jesus Christ, the Captain of our salvation;
(c) it has a good result - "eternal life."
3. The weapons in this warfare. "Faith." It is "the shield of faith" (Ephesians 6:16). This is not a carnal, but a spiritual weapon. Faith represents, indeed, "the whole amour of God," which is mighty for victory. It is faith that secures "the victory that overcometh the world" (1 John 4:4, 5).
II. THE END OF THE CHRISTIAN STRUGGLE. "Lay hold on eternal life."
1. Eternal life is the prize, the crown, to be laid hold of by those who are faithful to death.
2. It is the object of our effectual calling. "To which thou wast called" by the grace and power of the Holy Spirit.
3. It is the subject of our public profession. And didst confess the good confession before many witnesses." Evidently either at his baptism, or at his ordination to the ministry, when many witnesses would be present. 4. This eternal life is to be laid hold of.
(1) It is held forth as the prize of the high calling of God, as the recompense of reward.
(2) But the believer is to lay hold of it even now by faith, having a believing interest in it as a possession yet to be acquired in all its glorious fullness. - T.C.
Parallel VersesKJV: Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, whereunto thou art also called, and hast professed a good profession before many witnesses.