“For though I am absent in the flesh, yet I am with you in spirit, rejoicing to see your good order and the steadfastness of your faith in Christ.“
“and the steadfastness of your faith in Christ”
The word “steadfast” is the military term phalanx. A phalanx was an ancient Greek formation of infantry. Soldiers were arrayed in rows of eight to sixteen rows, making a solid block. This block could sweep through the more dispersed enemy. The Spartans originally deployed the phalanx. It was developed by Epaminondas of Thebes (362 B.C.). This method of war reached its apex under Alexander the Great. He used the Macedonian Phalanx (16 soldiers deep armed with a 24′ spear). He conquered all of Greece and the Near East with this system of warfare.
The Christian is to be an immovable phalanx in the Word. The Christian phalanx is an unbreakable square. It stands solid against the charge of the enemy. The true church holds fast to its phalanx of faith. A true faith refuses to yield to opposing influences. This is not a frozen orthodoxy where all change and adventure of thinking are heresy.
Christians are to display orderly rank and solid discipline as troops of Jesus Christ.
How solidly do you adhere to the allegiance of your faith — Jesus Christ? Does your love never waver from him? No Christian is free from the authority of Jesus Christ. When we reject his authority, we reject what is best for our soul. Then we substitute drugs and alcohol for the vacuum in our souls. When we substitute other answers for Jesus Christ, we break rank with him. Are you the kind of soldier who stays in rank with the Word of God?