Standing Steadfast For The Truth Of God

We are living in days when standing for the truth is considered an act of intolerance. Being willing to compromise is considered an act of graciousness. Being loose with the truth is better than standing for the truth. We are clearly instructed in the church letters of the New Testament to stand for the truth. Let us examine the clear instructions.

1. Stand Fast So That We Are Immovable (by J.R. Caldwell)

1 Corinthians 15:58 - Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your labor is not in vain in the Lord.

Why does the apostle wind up this magnificent chapter on the resurrection in this manner. Evidently he had counted the cost; he knew that the work of the Lord would bring him reproach and loss; but none of these things moved him, for his hope of recompense was in resurrection. And so he exhorts the saints to go on steadfast in purpose of heart and immovable in their adherence to the truth, knowing that whatever it might cost them, the glorious end in resurrection at the coming of the Lord would abundantly justify their decision. See that lighthouse, far out upon a rocky islet; why is it so securely built? Why such expense and labor to make it as firm as the rock upon which it is founded? Because all the force of the ocean’s raging billows will break upon it, and that just at the time when it is most needed. And even such are the powers that will assail the believer; but the glorious truth of the resurrection is given as an anchor for our souls, both sure and steadfast. As the vessel moored outrides the gale with its stern to the storm, so we, with our eye on that blessed hope, will be kept from drifting, knowing that our reward is sure.

2. Stand Fast So That We Are Free (by G. J. Stewart)

Galatians 5:1 - Stand fast therefore in the liberty by which Christ has made us free, and do not be entangled again with a yoke of bondage.  

“This principle is very important; because you will find it is constantly the resource of ignorance to say, Well, we all hold the same thing to a certain degree; the only difference is, that I believe something more than you do. Yes, but that something more is to extinguish faith, and annul the worth of Christ. All this might furnish a plausible platform for human feeling and argument; but the apostle was led of the Holy Spirit to deal with the question of introducing the thinnest wedge of the law. The attempt to add to Christ is in fact to destroy salvation by Christ.” (William Kelly) “We are called then to liberty, and this implies the new nature and its desires, a sort of Christian instinct. It is to do what I want to do as a Christian, not as a natural man. The law demands that a man should do what he neither has the power nor the desire to do, and hence it is a yoke of bondage. Christianity simply directs me in that which the new nature delights in, that is, love and obedience.”

Let us therefore stand fast for the truth that sets us free from legal entanglements that are so often introduced in a very subtle way by the widespread acceptance today of man’s religious concepts.

3. Stand Fast So That We Are Moved By The Truth (by Hamilton Smith)

Ephesians 6:14 - Stand therefore, having girded your waist with truth, having put on the breastplate of righteousness.

We are to stand with our loins girt about with truth. Spiritually this speaks of the thoughts and affections held in order by the truth. By applying the truth to ourselves, and thus judging all the thoughts and motives of the heart by the truth, we should not only be set free from the inward working of the flesh, but we should have our affections formed according to the truth, and thus have the lowly mind with our affections set on things above. Often we make great efforts to preserve a correct outward demeanor towards one another while, at the same time, careless as to our thoughts and affections. If we are to withstand the wiles of the enemy we must commence by being right inwardly. James warns us that if ye have bitter envying and strife in your hearts, glory not, and lie not against the truth. (James 3:14) When the truth holds the affections, strife, bitter envying and other evils of the flesh will be judged, and when they are judged we shall be able to withstand the wiles of the devil in the evil day.

4. Stand Fast So That We Are United In The Truth (by G. Christopher Willis)

Philippians 1:27 - Only let your conduct be worthy of the gospel of Christ, so that whether I come and see you or am absent, I may hear of your affairs, that you stand fast in one spirit, with one mind striving together for the faith of the gospel.

Those who have the same interest can stand together. If our primary interest is the faith of the gospel, then we have a united cause and we are able to stick together.

“Standing firm is a favorite word of Paul, and has something of a military tone in it: a regiment of soldiers standing firm, and refusing to retreat. Do not give ground an inch! The thought is a regiment of soldiers, who together contend in a desperate struggle. They must have one spirit and one soul and though there may be many persons, they work together as one. In John’s Gospel it is used twice; first of our Lord, in 1:26: There standeth One among you, whom ye know not. What an example of standing firm do we see as we trace the footsteps of the Lord through this world. The second time is in 8:44, where our Lord says to the Jewish leaders: Ye are of your father the devil .... he stood not in the truth. What a contrast! May God help us to follow our Lord, and stand fast. An older brother once said to me that all giving up is of the devil.”

5. Stand Fast So That Our Example Encourages Others (by William MacDonald)

Colossians 2:5 - For though I am absent in the flesh, yet I am with you in spirit, rejoicing to see your good order and the steadfastness of your faith in Christ.

In the infantry, as the soldiers of one battalion watch the battalion before them, they are encouraged to continue their advance, no matter how fierce the battle, if they see the other battalion moving on ahead without wavering. “This verse shows how intimately aware the Apostle Paul was of the problems and perils facing the Colossians. He pictures himself as a military officer looking over the assembled troops as they stand ready for inspection. The two words order and steadfastness are military terms. The first describes the orderly array of a company of soldiers, whereas the second pictures the solid flank which is presented by them. Paul rejoices as he sees (in spirit though not in body) how the Colossians were standing true to the Word of God.”

6. Stand Fast So That The Traditions Of The New Testament Are Not Exchanged For The Innovations Of Religion (by H.A. Ironside)

2 Thessalonians 2:15 - Therefore, brethren, stand fast and hold the traditions which you were taught, whether by word or our epistle.

They were not to let anything turn them aside from the truth which had been proclaimed. Do not misunderstand what the apostle says as to traditions. Paul did not add human traditions to the Word of the Lord; but he had told these Thessalonians certain things by word of mouth, and he urged them to hold fast these teachings, as well as those he committed to them in writing. Today we no longer have inspired apostles proclaiming the Word. We have the Scriptures complete (2 Tim. 3:16). When on earth our Lord told the scribes and Pharisees that they made the Word of God of none effect through their traditions. There are those today who have added a great many human traditions to the Word and have utterly confused their followers. But those who honor the Scriptures need no human traditions. These Thessalonians had listened to the apostle and had also received his written word, and they were exhorted to stand fast in all that they had received.

7. Stand Fast So That We Can Resist The Devil (by F.B. Meyer)

2 Peter 5:8,9 - Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour. Resist him, steadfast in the faith, knowing that the same sufferings are experienced by your brotherhood in the world.

There is a terror in the devil’s threatenings, which may well strike panic into timid hearts. But we must remember that it is the expending of ineffectual rage. He makes up in noise what he has lost in power. He hates our Shepherd, though he cannot now hurt Him. He did his worst against Him, and failed. He must content himself with bellowing out his hate; though this, too, shall be stayed.

So Rutherford used to say that he preferred dealing with a roaring devil. It fills Satan with redoubled chagrin and malignity to know that the weakest saint is more than a match for him, if he dares to resist him steadfast in the faith, and armed in the panoply of God.