“Thou therefore endure hardness, as a good soldier of Jesus Christ.” – 2 Timothy 2:3
Scripture tells us that Satan is the god of this world (2 Corinthians 4:4), the ruler (Luke 4:6), and the prince of the powers of the air (Ephesians 2:2). Therefore, this world and the things of it are Satan’s kingdom. This is why Jesus told us that this world is not our home. We are in the world, but not of the world (John 15:19). What He was really saying was that we are in Satan’s kingdom, but we are not of his kingdom. We are soldiers for Christ in the midst of the enemies kingdom, seeking to free his captive and oppressed serfs. No wonder then that we will assuredly face great opposition, but fear not for in this world (or kingdom) there will be tribulation, but Christ has overcome this kingdom (John 16:33).
You see, when Christ was raised from the dead and went to hell to take the keys of the kingdom from Satan, it was the keys to Satan’s kingdom that he took. However, Satan was allowed to remain for a short time until Christ returns. Therefore, Satan has great hatred for Christ, and wrath for His soldiers and ambassadors, the true pure uncompromising church, knowing that his time is short (Revelations 12:12).
Christ overcame the kingdom of Satan (this world), that He might set at Liberty the bound, the captive, and the slave to sin (Luke 4:18). Yet many who are in bondage to the evil ruler of this world do not know that they have been liberated. Therefore, Jesus left His soldiers with a commission, a great commission! To go forth under His authority and spread the good news (or gospel) to every captive soul burdened by the yoke of bondage to this cruel master, that they are no longer a slave to sin, but to all those who believe this good news and choose to defect and serve the new King, are now a child of God and joint heir with Christ to the Kingdom come! (Matthew 28:18-20)
However, no man can serve two masters (Mathew 6:24). Allegiance to and alignment with one must be renounced and turned away from (or repented of) before you can serve the other. He who sins is a slave to sin and the ruler of it (John 8:34). No matter what a person calls themselves, anyone living in willful sin is still taking their orders from and serving the old king. They are still a slave and not a son (Galatians 4:7). Repent are ye will all likewise parish (Luke 13:3), for the servant does not abide in the house forever, but only the son or daughter (John 8:35)
Finally, remember that as soldiers for Christ and ambassadors for the Kingdom of God, this world (this kingdom) is not your home. You’re here with a commission, on a mission, you’re only passing through with a job to do. So don’t try to homestead in satan’s kingdom, less you loose your place in God’s.
“Thou therefore endure hardness, as a good soldier of Jesus Christ. No man that warreth entangleth himself with the affairs of this life; that he may please him who hath chosen him to be a soldier.” – 2 Timothy 2:3-4
“Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world. And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever.” – 1 John 2:15-17
“Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech you by us: we pray you in Christ’s stead, be ye reconciled to God.” – 2 Corinthians 5:20
“But if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost: In whom the god of this world (Satan) hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them.” – 2 Corinthians 4:3-4