Flee, Follow, Fight
- SCRIPTURE READING:
I Tim. 6:6-16 = "But godliness with contentment is great gain.
For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can
carry nothing out. And having food and raiment let us be therewith
content. But they that will be rich fall into temptation and a snare,
and into many foolish and hurtful lusts, which drown men in destruction
and perdition. For the love of money is the root of all evil: which
while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced
themselves through with many sorrows.  But thou, O man of God,
flee these things; and follow after righteousness, godliness, faith,
love, patience, meekness.  Fight the good fight of faith, lay
hold on eternal life, whereunto thou art also called, and hast professed
a good profession before many witnesses. I give thee charge in the
sight of God, who quickeneth all things, and before Christ Jesus,
who before Pontius Pilate witnessed a good confession; That thou
keep this commandment without spot, unrebukeable, until the appearing
of our Lord Jesus Christ: Which in his times he shall shew, who
is the blessed and only Potentate, the King of kings, and Lord of
lords; Who only hath immortality, dwelling in the light which no
man can approach unto; whom no man hath seen, nor can see: to whom
be honour and power everlasting. Amen."
- THE ENVIRONMENT IN WHICH WE LIVE:
- The environment in which we live today is evil.
- Paul therefore, admonishes Christians to be alert and active,
which he expresses with three words:
- Let's take a closer look at these three words.
1 Tim 6:11-12 = "But thou, O man of God, flee these things; and
follow after righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, meekness.
 Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, whereunto
thou art also called, and hast professed a good profession before many
- FLEE --
- The meaning:
- Webster defines Flee as meaning to turn away from danger
or evil; to run away or escape from something.
- The Greek word for Flee is pheugo pronounced (fyoo'-go);
Meaning to run away; The implication of which is to shun.
It is translated escape or flee away.
- Sin is the most dangerous and deadly enemy we face and our
surest safety is found in fleeing from it.
- We should flee from it as a child flees from a rattlesnake
or a hungry lion.
- Paul warns Christians to flee from the love of money
and its evils.
1 Tim 6:9-11 = "But they that will be rich fall into
temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and hurtful
lusts, which drown men in destruction and perdition. For
the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some
coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced
themselves through with many sorrows. But thou, O man of
God, flee these things;
Comment: Paul presents the dangers of "the love of
money" in three ways:
- A drowning man -- "Which drown men in destruction
and perdition" 
- A tree -- "For the love of money is the root
of all evil"  Examples: Temptations, lusts,
unbelief, sorrow, destruction, perdition, Etc.
- A trapped animal -- "Pierced themselves through
with many sorrows"  or  Fallen "into
temptation and a snare".
- Why should we flee from sin:
- Because sin keeps us from the glory of God, and all of
Rom 3:23 = "For all have sinned, and come short of
the glory of God;"
- Because the results of sin is death.
Rom 6:23 = "For the wages of sin is death; but the
gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord."
- We flee from sin by repenting.
- The Lord said in Luke 13:3 = "I tell you, Nay: but,
except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish."
- The Greek word for repent is metanoeo, pronounced (met-an-o-eh'-o);
Meaning to think differently; Reconsider and change course
- The ultimate end of remain involved in sin is condemnation.
Luke 13:3 = "I tell you, Nay: but, except ye repent, ye
shall all likewise perish."
- FOLLOW --
- The meaning:
- Webster defines follow as the means to go in pursuit
of; To seek to gain or attain something; To obey, that is,
to keep one's eyes or mind fixed upon the Lord and follow
- The Greek word for "Follow" is dioko, pronounced
(dee-o'-ko); Meaning to pursue. Translated: Ensue, follow
after, to pursue.
- We are to pursue the good things of life and this will require
effort to attain them -- Paul writes:
Rom 12:21 = "Be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil
I Tim 6:11 = "O man of God, flee these things; and follow
after righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, meekness."
Consider: Let's take a closer look at the things that Paul says
we are to follow:
- Righteousness -- This involves right dealings with our
Prov 14:34 = "Righteousness exalteth a nation: but
sin is a reproach to any people."
Matt. 6:33 = "But seek ye first the kingdom of God,
and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added
Rom 8:1-5 = "There is therefore now no condemnation
to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the
flesh, but after the Spirit. For the law of the Spirit of
life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin
and death. For what the law could not do, in that it was
weak through the flesh, God sending his own Son in the likeness
of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh:
That the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in
us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.
For they that are after the flesh do mind the things of
the flesh; but they that are after the Spirit the things
of the Spirit."
- Godliness -- This has to do with our relationship with
God or being in the likeness of the Lord -- His example
of godliness has the promise of life now and forever:
1 Peter 2:21 = "For even hereunto were ye called: because
Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that
ye should follow his steps:"
1 Tim 4:7-8 = "But refuse profane and old wives' fables,
and exercise thyself rather unto godliness. For bodily exercise
profiteth little: but godliness is profitable unto all things,
having promise of the life that now is, and of that which
is to come."
- Faith -- This is the source (or root) through which godliness
and righteousness are developed.
Heb 11:6 = "But without faith it is impossible to please
him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is,
and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him."
1 Peter 1:9 = "Receiving the end of your faith, even
the salvation of your souls."
- Love -- This is manifest by our faith in doing good to
our fellow man.
Gal 5:6 = "For in Jesus Christ neither circumcision
availeth anything, nor uncircumcision; but faith which worketh
Rom 13:10 = "Love worketh no ill to his neighbour:
therefore love is the fulfilling of the law."
- Patience -- This is that which enables us to face difficulties
and obstacles, and suffer adversity in order to maintain
loyalty to God.
Heb 12:1-2 = "Wherefore seeing we also are compassed
about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside
every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us,
and let us run with patience the race that is set before
us, Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith;
who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross,
despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of
the throne of God."
James 1:2-4 = "My brethren, count it all joy when ye
fall into divers temptations; Knowing this, that the trying
of your faith worketh patience. But let patience have her
perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting
- Meekness -- This removes our wrath and indignation against
those who are injurious to us and takes away from us that
which is our own.
Prov. 24:19 = "Fret not thyself because of evil men,
neither be thou envious at the wicked;"
Titus 3:2 = "To speak evil of no man, to be no brawlers,
but gentle, shewing all meekness unto all men."
- FIGHT --
- The meaning:
- Webster defines fight as to contend with someone; or
To act in opposition to something.
- The Greek word for "Fight" is agonizomai, pronounced
(ag-o-nid'-zom-ahee); Meaning to struggle, that is: In the
literal sense to compete for a prize; Or in the figurative
sense to contend with an adversary; in the general sense
to complete that which we have set out to accomplish. Translated
Fight, labor fervently, or strive.
- Paul has said that there is a time to Flee sin and there
is a time to fight sin.
- The Christian at times must become a runner and flee
- Yet there are times when a Christian must become a fighter
and denounce sin and wage battle against it.
- The enemy we fight is three-fold:
- The external -- This is the world --
I John 2:15-16 = "Love not the world, neither the things
that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love
of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world,
the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the
pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world."
1 Tim 6:12 = "Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold
on eternal life,
2 Tim 2:3-4 = "Thou therefore endure hardness, as a
good soldier of Jesus Christ. No man that warreth entangleth
himself with the affairs of this life; that he may please
him who hath chosen him to be a soldier."
- The internal -- This is the flesh --
Rom. 7:21 = "I thank God through Jesus Christ our Lord.
So then with the mind I myself serve the law of God; but
with the flesh the law of sin."
1 Peter 2:11 = "Dearly beloved, I beseech you as strangers
and pilgrims, abstain from fleshly lusts, which war against
- The infernal -- This is the devil --
I Pet. 5:8 = "Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary
the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom
he may devour:"
2 Cor 11:14 = "And no marvel; for Satan himself is
transformed into an angel of light."
- The enemy Christians face is strong and relentless doing
whatever is possible to destroy our faithful following of Christ
-- Therefore, we need to for warned and for armed
- We have been for warned -- I Pet. 5:8 = "Be sober,
be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring
lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:"
- We have been provided the proper arms for the battle
-- Eph 6:13-18 = "Wherefore take unto you the whole
armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil
day, and having done all, to stand. Stand therefore,
Having your loins girt about with truth,
Having on the breastplate of righteousness;
- "Feet shod with the preparation of the gospel
of peace;" 
Taking the shield of faith, wherewith
ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the
Helmet of salvation,
The sword of the Spirit, which is the
word of God:" 
- "Praying always with all prayer and supplication
in the Spirit
and watching thereunto with all perseverance
and supplication for all saints;" 
- WHAT IS THE PURPOSE OF THE ADMONITION OF PAUL?
1 Cor 10:13-14 = "There hath no temptation taken you but such
as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you
to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation
also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it. Wherefore,
my dearly beloved, flee from idolatry."
- God will "make a way of escape", Paul wrote to
- God has provided the means of our being able to bear temptations.
- That means may be to Flee as he told the Corinthians
"flee from idolatry".
- That means may involve a closer following of the Lord
and His Word. [See Luke 6:46]
- That means may be to stand and fight the sin.
- THE ULTIMATE OBJECTIVE IN THE USE OF THESE MEANS IS -- ETENRAL
- Paul expressed it this way, 2 Tim 4:7-8 = "I have fought
a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith:
Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness,
which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day:
and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing."
- Eternal life is placed within our reach, but not in our hand
-- we must "lay hold" upon it.
1 Tim 6:12 & 19 = "Fight the good fight of faith, lay
hold on eternal life, whereunto thou art also called, and hast
professed a good profession before many witnesses.
[6:19] Laying up in store for themselves a good foundation against
the time to come, that they may lay hold on eternal life."
- HOW WELL ARE YOU LAYING HOLD ON ETERNAL LIFE?
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