I love soldiers. I love a fixed resolve. I love a fixed conviction. A believer in Messiah is liken to a soldier.

Paul writing Timothy challenges him, “You therefore endure HARDNESS, as a good soldier of Yeshua Messiah ” 2 Timothy 2:3

The word hardness in the Greek kakopatheō also means affliction, pain, troubles, evils and suffering.

Paul didn’t write Timothy to put a bandage on his wounds. He wrote him to compel him, urge him on, to continue his task no matter the opposition. Timothy is to endure patiently, cheerfully, and courageously; so as not to be moved by them to desist from the work of the ministry.

In 2Ti 4:5, ” But be thou sober in all things, SUFFER HARDSHIP, do the work of an evangelist, fulfil thy ministry.”

The same word in 2 Timothy 4:5 is used in 2 Timothy 2:3, it properly signifies, “suffer evil”; and means the evil of afflictions, as persecutions of every kind, loss of name and goods, scourging, imprisonment, and death itself, for the sake of Messiah and the Gospel.

Paul furthermore chooses a Greek word ‘sugkakopatheō ‘ to encourage Timothy in 2 Timothy 1:8. It means to suffer hardship together with one.

“Do not be ashamed then to bear witness for our Lord and for me His prisoner; but rather SHARE SUFFERING WITH ME IN THE SERVICE  of the Good News, strengthened by the power of Elohim. ” 2 Timothy 1:8

When soldiers go to war. They go to suffer together.  They train night and day to be fit for the task. However, many believers are sissy, they can’t stand pressure. This kind of teaching is foreign to their theology.

To fulfil the task the Great King has commissioned us, we must have resolve, stability of heart, and a mind to endure hardship for Messiah.

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