Strive

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  • Luke 13:24 "Strive [1] to enter in at the strait gate: for many, I say unto you, will seek to enter in, and shall not be able."

He was answering the question about being saved which we see in Luke 13:23 "Then said one unto him, Lord, are there few that be saved? And he said unto them".

While we are saved by Grace through Faith if there is no works our Faith comes into question. The same is true of Fruits. Christ constantly is talking about picking up your cross, striving and persevering and just being a Doer of the Word.

Christ came to serve and if we are coming in His name no one should have to tell you that you should be a Doer. The Greek word agonizomai translated strive from agon meaning an assembly. This is one reason Christ commanded that His disciples make the people sit down in a network of small intimate companies and link them together in ranks of 100.

Paul told the guard "Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house." Paul was not suggesting that if you think you believe you are saved you are saved. He was saying that you had to actually believe in Christ that your real faith compelled action in accordance with The Way of Christ. Real faith in Christ brings us into conformity with what Christ said to do. We automatically become Doers of the Word striving daily for perfect conformity.

Many Christians believe that all you have to do is believe and you are saved but if you believe Jesus you must believe what He said and he said "strive".

We see the Greek word agonizomai in the text which is also translated fight and labour fervently. Paul could not have meant that you did not have to strive or keep the commandments of God since he preached the Gospel first.

  • John 18:36 Jesus answered, My kingdom is not of this world: if my kingdom were of this world, then would my servants fight <75>, that I should not be delivered to the Jews: but now is my kingdom not from hence.
  • 1 Corinthians 9:25 And every man that striveth for the mastery <75> is temperate in all things. Now they do it to obtain a corruptible crown; but we an incorruptible.
  • Colossians 1:29 Whereunto I also labour, striving <75> according to his working, which worketh in me mightily.
  • Colossians 4:12 Epaphras, who is one of you, a servant of Christ, saluteth you, always labouring fervently <75> for you in prayers, that ye may stand perfect and complete in all the will of God.

  • 1 Timothy 6:12 Fight <75> the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, whereunto thou art also called, and hast professed a good profession before many witnesses.
  • 2 Timothy 4:7 I have fought <75> a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith:

The word agonizomai is from agon[2] meaning an an assembly but translated conflict 2, fight 2, contention 1, race 1.

It appears in:

Philippians 1:30 Having the same conflict <73> which ye saw in me, and now hear to be in me.
Colossians 2:1 For I would that ye knew what great conflict <73> I have for you, and for them at Laodicea, and for as many as have not seen my face in the flesh;
1 Thessalonians 2:2 But even after that we had suffered before, and were shamefully entreated, as ye know, at Philippi, we were bold in our God to speak unto you the gospel of God with much contention <73>.
1 Timothy 6:12 Fight the good fight <73> of faith, lay hold on eternal life, whereunto thou art also called, and hast professed a good profession before many witnesses.
2 Timothy 4:7 I have fought a good fight <73>, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith:
Hebrews 12:1 Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race <73> that is set before us,

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== Footnotes ==
  1. 75 ~ἀγωνίζομαι~ agonizomai \@ag-o-nid’-zom-ahee\@ from agon an assembly; v AV-strive 3, fight 3, labour fervently 1; 7
    1) to enter a contest: contend in the gymnastic games
    2) to contend with adversaries, fight
    3) metaph. to contend, struggle, with difficulties and dangers
    4) to endeavour with strenuous zeal, strive: to obtain something
  2. 73 ~ἀγών~ agon \@ag-one’\@ from 71;n m AV-conflict 2, fight 2, contention 1, race 1; 6 1) an assembly, 1a) a place of assembly: especially an assembly met to see games 1b) the place of contest, the arena or stadium 2) the assembly of the Greeks at their national games 2a) hence the contest for a prize at their games 2b) generally, any struggle or contest 2c) a battle 2d) an action at law, trial


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