The Spiritual Combat, Chapter 15
Warning!: The battle is not over… even if the war is won.
In chapter 15, our teacher shows us simply that if we win a battle against temptation, we ought not put away our weapons. This battle may be done, but there is another one coming. The words of Jesus are important here: “But whoever perseveres to the end, he shall be saved” Matthew 24:14.
Typically, the phrase goes like this: “You may have won the battle, but I will win the war.” Well, it’s strange for the Christian. Jesus has already won the war!, but there are still a lot of battles to be fought.
“The strife is o’er, the battle done;
The victory of life is won;
The song of triumph has begun: Alleluia!”
This great hymn of victory, proper to the Christian’s experience of Jesus’ conquering death, shows us the victory is already HIS! BUT… as long as we are in the body, we must persevere.
BULLET POINTS FROM CHAPTER 15:
- Be steadfast: even if your enemy seems asleep.
- Be steadfast: even if your enemy is raging.
- Be steadfast: the goodness and love of God is infinitely greater than your enemy.
- Be steadfast: even if the battle comes up every single day of your life.
- Be steadfast: God is in charge.
- Be steadfast: God is fighting at your right side.
- Be steadfast: victory will indeed be yours… even if delayed til the day of your death.
- Be steadfast: there is no escape from this battle, and those who try to escape will be slain.
- Be steadfast: hate your enemy with all of Heaven’s fury.
This alone is your concern, to fight manfully, and never, however numerous are your wounds, to lay down your arms or take to flight.
The Spiritual Combat text: here.
Chapter 16: In what manner the soldier-of-Christ should take the field early in the morning