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The Good Fight

The Good Fight

Encouragment
There are many Biblical phrases that have become idioms in our culture. Phrases like “the blind leading the blind”, “go the extra mile”, or the “writings on the wall” all have their origin in the pages of the Bible. Another such idiom is “fight the good fight.” But the problem with idioms is that they are often divorced from their original meaning and purpose. I’ve heard this phrase about the good fight used in connection with any number of meaningful causes, sometimes even from both sides of the same conflict. So, let’s take a step back and look at what the Bible says about the “good fight.” In a way, we begin with the end. In 2nd Timothy Paul is saying farewell. He feels he will soon die. The early church fathers tell us Paul was beheaded at the direction of Nero in Rome. Paul wrote,
Walking Through Philippians: Further Up, Further In

Walking Through Philippians: Further Up, Further In

Encouragment
The final book of C. S. Lewis’s Chronicle of Narnia series is titled The Last Battle. In a way, it mirrors the apocalyptic vision of Revelations, or more properly, The Revelation of Jesus Christ. There is a scene in The Last Battle when the children enter what could be understood as heaven. It was Narnia, but it was more than Narnia. The old Narnia seemed old and faded by comparison. One character called it a “Shadowland.” Another character describes the new Narnia as a kind of reverse onion, every layer you remove the amount to explore increases. While the new Narnia is heaven-like, I also wonder if it doesn’t remind us something about living in God’s kingdom while here on this earth. That, as much as we learn and grow in Christ there is always more. I borrowed another memorable line