The greatest warrior of all time is Jesus Christ. Jesus recognized only the sovereignty of his Father over every action that touched his life, while discounting every visible evidence to the contrary. Who, when he was reviled, reviled not again; when he suffered, he threatened not; but committed himself to him that judgeth righteously.
Jesus fought an internal battle, to bring his life into compliance with his Father’s plan. Father, if thou be willing, remove this cup from me: nevertheless not my will, but thine, be done. He destroyed self-preservation and loved not his life unto death. And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.
Jesus was betrayed by his own countrymen and murdered by a foreign occupational army. But his response to these atrocities was unconditional forgiveness. Then said Jesus, Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do. By these internal battles Jesus became an Overcomer and killed the curses of Eden in his own life. He overcame every internal enemy, but left the Romans firmly established as the rulers of conquered Israel.
Jesus Christ is the archetype of the perfect warrior. Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name. If you follow his example, you will come to the same reward. For even hereunto were ye called: because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that ye should follow his steps.
Paul is another medallion of spiritual soldiering. Paul had Roman citizenship, a superb education, and community standing. He was a leader of men, a Benjamite and a Pharisee. He had most of the treasures for which carnal men seek all the days of their lives. And all these Paul gladly traded away for spiritual maturity. I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord. … That I may win Christ, and be found in him.
Do not think this was easy. Paul had human passions like you. His victory was hard won- it was the bloody conquest of a fierce warrior. In perils of waters, in perils of robbers, in perils by mine own countrymen, in perils by the heathen, in perils in the city, in perils in the wilderness, in perils in the sea, in perils among false brethren. Paul saw a spiritual goal, and an internal battle. If I must needs glory, I will glory of the things which concern mine infirmities. His enemies were fear, doubt, and disbelief, and these he destroyed in his own life. Being reviled, we bless; being persecuted, we suffer it: being defamed, we entreat.
By this warfare Paul dethroned the self-preservation of his own carnal mind, and obtained his spiritual hopes. For I am now ready to be offered, and the time of my departure is at hand. I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith. He followed the formula demonstrated by Jesus Christ, and so came to the same reward. Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, … and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing.
Ruth was a mighty warrior. She could well have pursued earthly comfort among her own people, but chose instead to follow her faith in God. For whither thou goest, I will go; and where thou lodgest, I will lodge: thy people shall be my people, and thy God my God: where thou diest, will I die. She refused to heed her normal desires for sensual gratification, preferring rather to strike them down. Thou hast shewed more kindness in the latter end than at the beginning, inasmuch as thou followedst not young men, whether poor or rich.
Ruth was a widow who faced lonely, internal battles. She warred against self-pity, doubt, and adversity. She made many difficult decisions to destroy selfishness, and these became the substance of her virtue. Now, my daughter, fear not; I will do to thee all that thou requirest: for all the city of my people doth know that thou art a virtuous woman. Ruth perfected her heart in lovingkindness, and this victory is counted as spiritual perfection. For thy daughter in law, which loveth thee, which is better to thee than seven sons.
Joseph’s brothers were a misguided lot. For envy they sold him as a slave to a foreign land. When they saw him afar off, even before he came near unto them, they conspired against him to slay him. For years Joseph toiled with specters of worthlessness, and fought the assassins of fear that came haunting each night. He warred against hate and revenge, while rotting away his youth in an alien dungeon. But these battles produced a spiritual warrior of supreme stature. Joseph eradicated the deceitful justifications of Satanic evil that inhabited his own carnal mind. He denied the evidence of physical betrayal, even prison, calling them both the wisdom of God. As for you, ye thought evil against me; but God meant it unto good, to bring to pass, as it is this day, to save much people alive.
In the solitude of his hidden war, Joseph won a diadem of spiritual possession. Let the blessing come upon the head of Joseph, and upon the top of the head of him that was separated from his brethren. By this inner conquest he became a warrior like his Father, and gained the double portion blessing reserved for the firstborn Sons of God. Moreover I have given to thee one portion above thy brethren, which I took out of the hand of the Amorite with my sword and with my bow.
There were two harlots that argued for possession of a child. It seemed the king’s judgment was simply to kill the boy. The king said, Divide the living child in two, and give half to the one, and half to the other. Imagine the ardent inner conflict of the true mother as she was pierced with this agony. This mother’s love demanded that she surrender her son to a lying murderous whore, in order to save his life. This true mother displayed courage seldom seen in mortals. She was a mighty warrior, who was about to became a savior.
In a battle intense, she silenced self-preservation and gave away everything she ever wanted. Her bowels yearned upon her son, and she said, O my lord, give her the living child, and in no wise slay it. By this inner victory she won her son back as a possession, with the king’s protection and blessing. Then the king answered and said, Give her the living child, and in no wise slay it: she is the mother thereof. By the surrender of self-centered desire, you can join the ranks of saviors, who become the Sons of God.
There was a harlot who fell at Jesus’ feet and washed them with her tears. Consider the phantoms that this woman fought, alone in her thoughts. She was besieged by the condemnation of physical failure, and assaulted by the hecklers of hell. And though her accusers spoke truth, she still sought out Jesus Christ. A woman in the city, which was a sinner. This woman declared war on her own evil and her attendant fears. In a battle of self-confrontation she faced what she was and resolved to change. Then, in a Herculean feat, she attacked her own doubt, arguing within herself that she too could still be included in the righteousness that comes by faith. And stood at his feet behind him weeping, and began to wash his feet with tears. Through a conflict of internal anguish this former failure emerged as a destroyer of disbelief. And by this victory she came into an everlasting spiritual possession. And he said unto her, Thy sins are forgiven. … Thy faith hath saved thee; go in peace.
Those who become the Sons of God are the greatest warriors in existence. Like Eleazar and his three companions, they will face the most superlative foes ever devised by their Father, while the rest of the Christians run for cover. Eleazar the son of Dodo the Ahohite, one of the three mighty men with David, when they defied the Philistines that were there gathered together to battle, and the men of Israel were gone away. These warriors have a fortitude that is alien to mortals. By this they shall garner for themselves victory, in their quest for the supernatural. He arose, and smote the Philistines until his hand was weary, and his hand clave unto the sword. All the creation will one day feed from their triumph. And the LORD wrought a great victory that day; and the people returned after him only to spoil. But these warriors themselves will gain a personal possession in the Begotten Realm. Eleazar the son of Dodo, the Ahohite, who was one of the three mighties.
Every new Christian comes to Jesus with the support and nurture of the shepherd’s staff. But as a Christian matures, this pastoral scene must be gravely altered. For the Sons of God are not sheep, but shepherds themselves. They are the slayers of wolves. They do not seek protection, but victory. They are not women and children, they are warriors, arising from obscurity as they are engulfed in conflict. These shall one day be revealed as the deliverers and saviors of earth. They shall run like mighty men; they shall climb the wall like men of war; and they shall march every one on his ways, and they shall not break their ranks.
The medals of mastery can be earned only in the heat of battle. Prepare war, wake up the mighty men, let all the men of war draw near; let them come up. Warriors need enemies. Great warriors need great enemies. And the most powerful adversaries in existence are the fallen carnal mind of man, and the lust of his five senses. These are the curses of Eden. When you destroy these Satanic evils in your own life, you will stand in the fellowship of conquerors. And from the days of John the Baptist until the present time the kingdom of heaven has endured violent assault, and violent men seize it by force as a precious prize. A share in the heavenly kingdom is sought for with most ardent zeal and intense exertion. Matthew 11:12 (Amplified).
When the dust finally settles, the captains of war will have become the Sons of God. And they shall comfort you, when ye see their ways and their doings: and ye shall know that I have not done without cause all that I have done in it, saith the Lord GOD. They will have put every enemy under their feet and joined the ruling coalition of the Body of Christ. For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world.
When these warriors reach this destination, they will deserve to be there. For this inheritance is not a gift, but a possession, taken with their sword in the heat of battle, at the direction of God. 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. Amen.