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The Christian Soldier

The Christian Soldier

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2 Tim. ii. 3. — " Thou, therefore, endure hardness, as a good
soldier of Jesus Christ."

2 Tim. ii. 3. — " Thou, therefore, endure hardness, as a good
soldier of Jesus Christ."

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Published by: glennpease on Jul 09, 2014
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THE CHRISTIA SOLDIER BY REV. SAMUEL PEY2 Tim. ii. 3. — " Thou, therefore, endure hardness, as a good soldier of Jesus Christ." Such was the exhortation of the aged Paul to the youthful Timothy. The veteran Apostle was himself soon to enter upon his rest, and to receive the crown of righteousness from the hands of that Master, whom he had served with unwavering fidelity. His zeal for the glory of that Master was not lessened by the weight of his years, or the confinement of his dungeon ; nor is he so much absorbed in a contemplation of the reward to which he was hastening, as to lose sight of the Sa- viour's interests here upon earth. His second Epistle to Timothy was written but shortly before he suffered martyrdom for Christ ; and his last efforts in behalf of the Eedeemer's Church, were made, in fully equipping Timothy, his beloved son in the Lord, for the conflict which he himself had so well sustained. The sentiment *Tlie last sermon preached by Mr. Penny. See p. 17. 339 of the text derives additional interest from this circum- stance. Timothy was exhorted to " endure hardness" in the service of Christ, by one who had had a large and varied experience in that service. It was not the enthusiastic utterance of a youthful mind, looking upon the future through the deceptive medium of a glowing fancy, — despising difficulties, of which, as yet, he knew nothing, and beguiling his followers by false statements, or exaggerated views, of the work to be performed. or was it the language of one, disposed to make an evil report of the cause, in which his life had been main-
ly spent. All its hardships he A;Mew. He had /eZi them, in all their forms. Yet his spirit was unbroken ; he loved the service still. It had been to him " a good fight." He would willingly have recommenced it, instead of de- parting to be with Cheist. Such advice, therefore, came with admirable propriety from such a source, Paul the aged, rich in experience, rich in boundless love to the Saviour. It is worthy of note, that throughout these Epistles, St. Paul confines Timothy's attention entirely to his du- ties and their difficulties. He does not throw out a single encouragement derived from promises of repose or enjoyment. Once, and once only, does he glance at such a topic ; but it is, when, in the full assurance of faith, he looks away- from this scene of conflict, and in the confidence of Christiaa hope, speaks of his own rest in Heaven. The text is very fruitful in instruction to us all, my Hearers ; for though addressed, 'originally, to an Apos- tle, — a Leader of the Chi'istian host, it has its applies tion to every one who has enlisted under thq banner of 340 Christ. We are all the soldiers of Jesus, and have a warfare to accomplish. Let us then look, for a few moments, at some of the qualities of a good soldier. And 1. A good soldier will never enter upon the ser- vice, with false views of its nature, and the difficulties which it involves. He will never commence a career, the main features of which, are industry, fatigue, ex- posure to perils and death, whilst his fancy is indulging romantic notions of a soft and easy life, or in prema- ture thoughts of victory and glory. We have heard of such in the woi'ld's history, — of youthful adventurers,
captivated by some dazzling enterprise, or impelled by the ardor o£ an uncalculating ambition, who have put on the soldier's armor, but whose dreams have all been dispelled by unexpected hardships, and their zeal quenched in the early struggles of the contest. These are the types of too many among the professed soldiers of the Cross. They do not sufficiently lay their account with sufferings, and privations, in the cause of Christ. The victory, — the glory and the crown, — the pleasures of a religious life, and the joys of salvation, are placed in the fore-front of their expectations, and are the earli- est, and almost the only, objects of their regard. And hence it is, that so many either desert the service, or become comparatively inefficient, — the victims of dis- couragement and doubt, or what is worse, they fall back upon some plan of their own, — some standard of Chris- tian duty, very far below that enjoined in the Bible, and involving but little sacrifice for Christ. These are they who are at ease in Zion, and upon whom the word of God has solemnly pronounced a woe. Such fearful re- sults are far from being simply a misfortune. The good 341 soldier of Jesus Christ will find no difficulty in guard- ing against them by a wise forecast ; for the Captain of our salvation has mercifully furnished us with ample warning and instruction. In no particular, is the Sa- viour's care and love more manifest, than in this. He would not deceive us, nor suffer us to deceive ourselves. In His invitations, He does not exhibit Himself in the garb of worldly pomp and power, — but stands before us in the attitude of a Sufferer, — a man of sorrows. He plainly tells us, that if we would be His disciples, we must deny ourselves, take up our Cross, and follow Him. He anticipates the mistaken eagerness of the thoughtless and impulsive ; He arrests them upon the very threshold of their undertaking, by words which no

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