Standing Fast for the Truth

Only let your manner of life be worthy of the gospel of Christ, so that whether I come and see you or am absent, I may hear of you that you are standing firm in one spirit, with one mind striving side by side for the faith of the gospel, and not frightened in anything by your opponents. This is a clear sign to them of their destruction, but of your salvation, and that from God. For it has been granted to you that for the sake of Christ you should not only believe in him but also suffer for his sake, engaged in the same conflict that you saw I had and now hear that I still have. (Philippians 1:27-30)

The next question is why should we stand? And the answer is that we should do so because of the nature of the truth. Is there anything else that is worth standing for? Look at the zeal and the enthusiasm of the politicians as they stand for their party and see how they will work and argue with people, but what have they to offer and to stand for by comparison with this truth? What a glorious truth! The truth that God has given his own Son, his only begotten Son, and that there is a grand redemption possible to all, one which suffices in this world, and for the next, and to all eternity. What a mighty, glorious truth, what food for the mind, what a stimulus for the heart, what a magnificent truth! Do you need any other exhortation? Truth itself, its very character and nature, is worthy of our standing on the defensive.

But beyond that, we must stand for it for Christ’s sake, for his honor and his glory—yes, stand for it even for the sake of the poor world which is attacking it. That is what you and I are called upon to do. The world is attacking the truth and yet it is the only thing that can save them, and even for their sakes we must stand for it, because nothing else will suffice for them.
But we must stand for it even for our own sakes. I have already used the comparison to an army, and if you have no other reason for standing for the truth let me commend this to you: there is a day coming when the Commander in Chief is going to review the troops, and we shall be standing there in the ranks. I see the Son of God walking up and down the ranks looking at us one by one at the grand final review, and if you do not want to feel you are a cad, if you do not want to feel terribly ashamed on the morning of that great review, stand as a man now, hold fast, be firm, never let an attack come but that you repel it. Stand for the truth and the faith, even for your own sake.

– D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones, The Life of Joy: An Exposition of Philippians 1 and 2, (Baker Book House: 1989), 132–133.

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