The Lord’s Warriors. In Acts 3 through 5 we learn from the words of the Holy Spirit exactly what it means to be a warrior for the Lord. In C-3, presumably on Pentecost, the apostles continue to preach the name of Jesus. This aroused the suspicion and outright adversarial approach of the religious leaders in C-4. When the apostles were asked by whose authority they did the things they did, they did not shy away from answering it at all—they did these things in the name of the man they killed; a man who was innocent of any wrong, but was in fact the chosen of God that Moses wrote about (Deuteronomy 18:15-18). Jesus was fresh on the minds of the religious leaders; they took note these uneducated men were with Jesus, so they sternly warned them to no longer preach in His name. The apostles chose a different course of action (Acts 5:29), and because they did they were the Lord’s warriors.
The Warrior’s Message. When we think of a warrior we generally think of a male clad in military gear, fully prepared to meet the task before him. Those who fall in battle we lament, but honor their memory and call them heroes. The Lord’s warrior is clad in armor of a different sort (Ephesians 6:13-18). The Lord’s army consists of both male and female saints, and the armor worn is not material in nature. The Lord needs His saints to carry His message to a world that is lost and dying in sin. Ironically, a material army seeks to destroy, whereas the Lord’s army seeks to save. That’s the warrior’s message.
The Servant Warrior. In Acts 6 the apostles had to confront a problem that, perhaps, they anticipated to some degree. They were twelve men leading a rather large congregation of people; the church of Christ in Jerusalem numbered into the thousands. It was only natural that needs would arise. Once they did the apostles took charge by delegating administration and ministry. The men who served in the particular capacity that was demanded were godly men; not just any man served. The needs were basic and the men who oversaw the distribution of basic items to meet a need did so to the Lord’s glory. That’s a servant warrior.
The Lord’s Servant Failing. The Lord’s servant is guaranteed to fail in his service to the Lord when he takes his armor off, when he begins to serve others for selfish purposes, and when the message he carries is compromised with the teachings of man. Thus, it is always a matter of propriety and priority to have the Lord first in one’s life. When the Lord’s servant does not, it will not be long before suspicion, jealousy, and envy set in. Another guaranteed failing in the servant warrior’s life is when he changes king’s. There is only one king in the life of the Lord’s warrior, and that is the King of kings and the Lord of lords (1 Timothy 6:15). When Israel was in Egyptian bondage there arose a king who did not know Joseph; consequently, there was no honor shown to the Lord’s people. Political loyalty can confuse and cloud one’s image of the right (and only) king. Finally, the warrior servant will be guaranteed to fail when he rejects the Lord’s authority in his life and the Lord’s authority and structure of the church. It is this last point that needs emphasis: the Lord’s church is not a MAN-MADE institution; it is the Lord’s institution (Matthew 16:13-19)! Thus, when people speak against the local church they are speaking against whom? RT (A bulletin article in the Highway Church of Christ, 11.11.2012)

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