Stand Up, Stand Up for Jesus – Part One
by Dr. Franklin L. Kirksey, pastor
FBC, Spanish Fort, Ala.
Stand Up, Stand Up for Jesus
Stand up, stand up for Jesus! “‘Stand Up for Jesus’ was the dying message of the Reverend Dudley A. Tyng [1825-1858] to the Young Men’s Christian Association.”[i] Dr. George Duffield Jr., (1818-1888) exhorts in the first stanza of his great hymn: “Stand up, stand up for Jesus, ye soldiers of the cross; Lift high His royal banner, it must not suffer loss. From victory unto victory His army shall He lead, Till every foe is vanquished, and Christ is Lord indeed.”[ii]
Rev. Charles Haddon Spurgeon (1834-1892) explains, “A soldier is a practical man, a man who has work to do, and hard, stern work. He may sometimes, when he is at his ease, wear the fineries of war, but when he comes to real warfare he cares little enough for them; the dust and the smoke, and the garments rolled in blood, these are for those who go a soldiering; and swords all hacked, and dented armour, and bruised shields, these are the things that mark the good, the practical soldier. Truly to serve God, really to exhibit Christian graces, fully to achieve a life-work for Christ, actually to win souls, this is to bear fruit worthy of a Christian. A soldier is a man of deeds, and not of words. He has to contend and fight. In war times his life knows little of luxurious ease. In the dead of night perhaps the trumpet sounds to boot and saddle, just at the time when he is most weary, and he must away to the attack just when he would best prefer to take his rest in sleep. The Christian is a soldier in an enemy’s country, always needing to stand on his watchtower, constantly to be contending, though not with flesh and blood, with far worse foes, namely, with spiritual wickednesses in high places.”[iii]
Dr. Lehman Strauss (1911-1997) laments, “We are contending with the wiles of the devil, and against all of this we must stand. There is a soft, smooth, pleasant kind of preaching today with words too hard for the average hearer to understand. It is the hushed-up message of Modernism which is silent on the subject of a personal devil and the exceeding sinfulness of sin. The holiness of God, the sinfulness of man, and the wiles of the devil are not sounded forth, so that there is no fear of God before the eyes. One liberal was heard to say: ‘God is good, and God is over all, therefore all is good.’”[iv]
To stand up for Jesus remember these things.
- Remember our strength is not in flesh and blood.
Ephesians 6:10 reads, “Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might.” Dr. Handley C. G. Moule (1841-1920) explains, “In conclusion, strengthen yourselves always in the Lord, your one possible Sphere and Magazine of inexhaustible resource, to be drawn upon by obedient trust, and in the energy of His might, sure so to be put forth on your behalf; a ‘strength made perfect in the weakness’ (2 Cor. 12:9) which gives it room by its reliance.”[v]
Dr. George Duffield Jr., exhorts, “Stand up, stand up for Jesus, stand in His strength alone; the arm of flesh will fail you, ye dare not trust your own. . . . Stand up, stand up for Jesus, the trumpet call obey; Forth to the mighty conflict, in this His glorious day. Ye that are brave now serve Him against unnumbered foes; Let courage rise with danger, and strength to strength oppose.”[vi]
2. Remember our struggle is not against flesh and blood.
Ephesians 6:11-12 reads, “Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places.”
Dr. Ivor Powell (1910-1998) writes, “The apostle had no illusions about the differences of the Christian warfare against evil. He realized that Satan would resist every effort to extend the kingdom of Christ. As the evil one harassed the Savior, so would he oppose every believer who endeavored to obey the commandments of God. The crusade to overcome evil would become increasingly difficult, the Christian warriors should not expect tranquil days as they follow their Lord. They should remember they have been recruited into God’s army, and their task is to expel the enemy from occupied territory. There would be attacks and counterattacks. The real victory has been won at Calvary, but the enemy would never willingly retreat. Satan would have to be driven from the lives of sinful people. Paul emphasized the need to be able ‘to stand against the wiles of the devil.’”[vii]
Dr. Craig S. Keener explains, “‘Flesh and blood’ was a typical Jewish phrase for ‘human being(s).’”[viii] Stated another way, Dr. Keener explains, “‘Flesh and blood’ was a common figure of speech for mortals.”[ix]
Dr. Andrew Telford (1895-1997) pastor of Berachah Church, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, explains, “It is this force of evil that is described here.
We have Principalities—In Greek it means ‘Firsts’ head officers.
We have Powers—These are authorities, ‘Staff Officers.’
We have Rulers—Divisional commanders of infernal forces.
We have the Rank and File—‘Spiritual hosts of wickedness’
These are the ordinary soldiers in Satan’s army.
These are manifold—Luke 8:30, Matt. 12:43-45.”[x]
Rev. Michael Boyland shares the following: “Aqaba in 1917 seemed impregnable. Any enemy vessel approaching the port would have to face the battery of huge naval guns above the town. Behind Aqaba in every direction lay barren, waterless, inhospitable desert. To the east lay the deadly ‘anvil of the sun.’ The Turks believed Aqaba to be safe from any attack. But they were wrong.
Lawrence of Arabia led a force of irregular Arab cavalry across the ‘anvil of the sun.’ Together, they rallied support among the local people. On July 6, 1917, the Arab forces swept into Aqaba from the north, from the blind side. A climactic moment of the magnificent film Lawrence of Arabia is the long, panning shot of the Arabs on their camels and horses, with Lawrence at their head, galloping past the gigantic naval guns that are completely powerless to stop them. The guns were facing in the wrong direction. Aqaba fell, and the Turkish hold on Palestine was broken, to be replaced by the British mandate and eventually by the State of Israel.
The Turks failed to defend Aqaba because they made two mistakes. They did not know their enemy, and they did not have the right weapons. We must be careful not to make the same mistakes. Ephesians 6:12 makes it very clear who our enemy is: ‘Our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world.’”[xi]
Dr. George Duffield Jr., exhorts, “Stand up, stand up for Jesus, the strife will not be long;
This day the noise of battle, the next the victor’s song.”[xii]