Hold Fast to the Good Confession

from Lynda Lindsey

But as for you, O man of God, flee these things. Pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, steadfastness, gentleness. Fight the good fight of the faith. Take hold of the eternal life to which you were called and about which you made the good confession in the presence of many witnesses. I Timothy 6:11-12

I charge you in the presence of God, who gives life to all things, and of Christ Jesus, who in His testimony before Pontius Pilate made the good confession, to keep the commandment unstained and free from reproach until the appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ. I Timothy 6:13-14

They (The rich in this present age) are to do good, to be rich in good works, to be generous and ready to share, thus storing up treasure for themselves as a good foundation for the future, so that they may take hold of that which is truly life.

I Timothy 6:18-19

Paul charges Timothy, his protégé in the faith, to wage the good warfare, to fight the good fight of faith, to hold fast to his public confession of Christ, and thus keep a firm hold on eternal life. Paul instructs Timothy to flee ungodly behavior, false teachings and doctrines, any entrapping sin, and by pursuing all that is godly, preach and teach God’s truth with God’s authority. Paul challenges Timothy to boldly carry out his duties; in today’s terms, Paul might well have said, “Get a grip, Timothy, there’s work to be done, and you are God’s man of the hour!”

All believers, not just pastors, are called to get a grip and fight the good fight of faith. All believers are to hold fast to our good confession that Jesus is not just Lord, He’s our Lord. We are all to flee sin and temptation, to be aware of the dangers of wealth and prosperity, to rightly handle Scripture, to hold to the truth of the pure gospel, to live upright, God-pleasing lives, to honor others over ourselves, to learn contentment, and to pursue righteousness. We do all these things, and more, to give honor to God and to cause no dishonor to His name and reputation in the world. 

Jesus, agreeing with Pilate, gave testimony before Pilate, confessing and professing that He, Jesus is King.  We also must testify, declaring before God and man, that Jesus is our King; our testimony is our declaration of allegiance, loyalty, and obedience to Christ. Fight the good fight of faith; hold fast, by word and deed, to the good confession which enables us to lay a firm hold on eternal life and to partake, along with all the faithful saints, of life in Christ, which is true life! Get a grip, believer, there’s work to be done, and we are God’s men and women of the hour!