Summary: Can you say to others,”I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith.” or do you say ,”I am still between Hevan and Hell.”
Between Hevan and Hell. pt 2. John 18:36 Jesus answered, My kingdom is not of this world: if my kingdom were of this world, then would my servants fight, that I should not be delivered to the Jews: but now is my kingdom not from hence. Act 5:38-39 And now I say unto you, Refrain from these men, and let them alone: for if this counsel or this work be of men, it will come to nought: But if it be of God, ye cannot overthrow it; lest haply ye be found even to fight against God. [Act_7:51, Act_9:5, Act_23:9; Exo_10:3-7; 2Ki_19:22; Job_15:25-27, Job_40:9-14; Isa_45:9; 1Co_10:22] (Barnes) Ye cannot overthrow it - Because:
(1) God has almighty power, and can execute his purposes;
(2) Because he is unchanging, and will not be diverted from his plans, Job_23:13-14.
The plan which God forms “must” be accomplished. All the devices of man are feebleness when opposed to him, and he can dash them in pieces in an instant. The prediction of Gamaliel has been fulfilled. People have opposed Christianity in every way, but in vain. They have reviled it; have persecuted it; have resorted to argument and to ridicule; to fire, and faggot, and sword; they have called in the aid of science; but all has been in vain. The more it has been crushed, the more it has risen, and it still exists with as much life and power as ever. The “preservation” of this religion amidst so much and so varied opposition proves that it is of God. Job 23:13-15 But he is in one mind, and who can turn him? and what his soul desireth, even that he doeth. For he performeth the thing that is appointed for me: and many such things are with him. Therefore am I troubled at his presence: when I consider, I am afraid of him. Many are offended by my use of the word of God to discuss all things pertaining to this life, they say, “Why cant you speak for yourself?” But when I speak of Gods word I am speaking for myself, for the word of God is my life, my substance, my very being, without God I am nothing. For he performeth the thing that is appointed for me: He is the one that speaks for me when I am unstable in my voice, as was Aaron with Moses. Exo 4:10-12. And Moses said unto the LORD, O my Lord, I am not eloquent, neither heretofore, nor since thou hast spoken unto thy servant: but I am slow of speech, and of a slow tongue.
And the LORD said unto him, Who hath made man’s mouth? or who maketh the dumb, or deaf, or the seeing, or the blind? have not I the LORD?
Now therefore go, and I will be with thy mouth, and teach thee what thou shalt say.
They are not fighting against Gods Ministers, they are fighting against God. Hung between Heaven and Hell. Act 23:9 And there arose a great cry: and the scribes that were of the Pharisees’ part arose, and strove, saying, “We find no evil in this man: but if a spirit or an angel hath spoken to him, let us not fight against God.” Psa 37:12-15. The wicked plotteth against the just, and gnasheth upon him with his teeth. The Lord shall laugh at him: for he seeth that his day is coming.