“But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts, and always be ready to give a defence to everyone who asks you a reason for the hope that is in you, with meekness and fear…” – I Peter 3:15 NKJV
Just like in the days of the early church, the church of today has questions to answer concerning her beliefs. We shall be required by naysayers to answer political, doctrinal and ethical questions, to mention a few.
In that case, we have to be ready! Peter, the Apostle said, “Always be ready to give a defence to everyone who asks you a reason for the hope that is in you.” (I Peter 3:15 NKJV)
The word “defence” as used in the anchor scripture is the Greek word “apologia”. It means “to give an answer”. En garde, on the other hand, is a French word. It’s a call to be ready in a fight.
We are in a fight! The devil is out here erecting strongholds, arguments and high things that exalt themselves against the knowledge of God. We must cast them down! We must bring “every thought into captivity to the knowledge of Christ.” (2 Corinthians 10:5)
By prayerfully studying and anticipating questions, we can achieve this.
Like Ravi Zacharias, a Christian Apologist once said, there are too many questions walking around. Dear believer, be an answer.
Your convictions about the Gospel cannot be so fickle and superficial that you cannot spend time to defend it. Sit down and talk about the word!
Many times we see Jesus answering questions posited by the Herodians (Matthew 22:15-21), the Saducces (Matthew 22:22-32) and the Pharisees (Matthew 22:33-40).
He answered their questions so diligently and authoritatively that “no one was able to answer Him a word, nor from that day on did anyone dare question Him anymore.” (Matthew 22:46 NKJV)
Paul is also another worthy example. He was ready to argue the validity of gospel for 3 Sabbaths (Acts 17:2-3), 3 months (Acts 19:8-10) and 2 years (Acts 18:28) at separate intervals.
How astounding is that?! What a patient and athletic commitment to the defence of the gospel! We must emulate them. (2 Timothy 4:1-5).
We are in the business of soul winning. We cannot flirt with secular ideas. We must be able to diligently persuade others to the knowledge of Christ. This is how we show true compassion for souls. (1 Timothy 4:1-6)
Dear believer, be bold to preach the gospel. Be ready to speak without shame, giving a premeditated response that cannot be gain said.
Have insights on biblical positions on prevalent topics. Be proactive. Stand up and be counted! Be a soldier in the defence of the gospel. (2 Timothy 2: 3-4)