Antiquarian Anabaptist

Apologetics from an Anabaptist perspective

Warfare: meteorological and spiritual

We have come to the month named after the Roman god of war.  It is not difficult to understand why, as we are in for a month long battle between the increasing warmth of the sun and the lingering power of winter.  Even little children know which force will eventually win this war, but there will be days when we see little evidence of the sun’s eventual victory.

This is much like the spiritual warfare that has been going on since the Creation.  By faith we know that the Lamb will be victorious, yet there are times when it is difficult to see much evidence of that.

And then there are days when the power of God shines brightly.  Young people who have wavered for years, the pull of the world almost more attractive than the call of the Spirit, break through to a full commitment bringing a peace that all can see.  Someone who has rebelled from God, and looked as bewildered as a deer in the headlights, suddenly radiates a sense of purpose and joy.  Brethren who have had a misunderstanding, each blaming and mistrusting the other, come to the cross and are broken and humbled, peace, confidence and brotherly love are restored.

For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh:  (For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;)  Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ (2 Corinthians 10:3-5).

In him was life; and the life was the light of men.  And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not. . . .  But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name: Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.  (Gospel of John, chapter 1, verses 4, 5, 12 & 13)

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