3 Thou therefore endure hardness, as a good soldier of Jesus Christ.
4 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.
5 And if a man also strive for masteries, yet is he not crowned, except he strive lawfully.
- Paul specifically says A GOOD SOLDIER OF JESUS CHRIST. He could’ve said “as a soldier of Jesus Christ”. The fact that he says, “a GOOD soldier” means one can also be a bad soldier.
- A soldier fights in a war, in this instance, a spiritual war – seeing souls saved and edified and being a workman, studying to shew yourself approved unto God. Satan is pro-active in both these instances – deceiving people with a performance based gospel in order for them not be saved, you as a good soldier have to war against that, and if he (the devil) doesn’t succeed at this, then he wars in the area of one’s edification – he doesn’t want you running the race and being strengthened in your innerman, he wants you to be a spiritual cripple, he wants you to give up, and he wants you to believe garbage. Misery loves company.
- If you want to strive for masteries, i.e., a crown which is a reward in the life hereafter, you have to be approved unto God, in other words when you strive to become approved unto god, a workman, you do not entangle yourself with the affairs of this world, meaning politics, social causes, pub crawling, shallow thinking or conclusions, tin foil hat conspiracies or whether the world is flat-square-triangular or semi-oval – that isn’t going to get you any crowns in heaven, on the contrary it’s going to set your tail feathers alight at the Judgment Seat of Christ, or in the worst case scenario, it’s going to see you being judged at the White Throne Judgment – depending on of course whether you had faith in Christ’s payment for your sins.