In the past two messages we have been looking at military imagery in Philippians while giving an overview of each chapter. The citizens of Philippi were granted Roman citizenship, as a result there was a great loyalty to Rome. Soldiers from the Roman legions would retire there. It is interesting that Paul speaks about the Christian being a citizen in two verses: Philippians 1:27 (the underlying Greek word) and Philippians 3:20. The populace took pride in their Roman citizenship in a distant city, Rome. Christians, on the other hand rejoice in a different distant city, they are citizens of the heaven. Reminding ourselves of what camp we are in and who the enemy is gives the Christian much needed perspective on the struggles which we face in life.
As far as military themes, we have talked about the need for courage in chapter I, the need for loyalty and working together as a unit in chapter 2. Coming now to Philippians chapter 3, we discover the place that the Lord Jesus Christ has in the spiritual warfare.
We look to Him for salvation (Phil 3:1–11)
We look to Him for strength (Phil 3:12–16)
We look to Him as our Sovereign (Phil 3:17–4:1)
In the spiritual battle, Christians are to fight for God and country (i.e. – Christ and the Kingdom of Heaven). In the battle, the Lord will not only equip us, but He will also empower us. We have everything we need to wage a good warfare.
The world, the flesh, and the devil can prove to be formidable enemies to our soul; however, standing firm and pressing on are doable for those who trust in God. Are you getting weary in well doing? Does it seem like the struggle drags on and on with no end in sight? Here is a message for you.