Watch, stand fast in the faith, be brave, be strong.
1 Corinthians 16:13
When Jesus and the apostles worked miracles of healing, they often told people to “stand” regardless of how they were healed. Jesus healed a man’s withered hand and told him, “Arise and stand here” (Luke 6:8). When Paul healed a lame man he said, “Stand up straight on your feet” (Acts 14:10). Standing up in new physical life became a metaphor for standing up in new spiritual life.
When Jesus confronted Paul on the road to Damascus, He told him, “But rise and stand on your feet; for I have appeared . . . to make you a minister and a witness” (Acts 26:16). Paul stood and later said, “Therefore, having obtained help from God, to this day I stand” (Acts 26:22). Throughout his ministry Paul used the image of standing to illustrate what it means to be strong in the Gospel of the grace of God (1 Corinthians 15:1). But standing for God can be dangerous: “And why do we stand in jeopardy every hour?” (1 Corinthians 15:30) We must be clothed in God’s armor to stand victoriously (Ephesians 6:11, 13-14).
If you have been raised up in new life in Christ, “Watch, stand fast in the faith, be brave, be strong” (1 Corinthians 16:13).
I put the Scriptures above all the sayings of the fathers, angels, men and devils. Here I take my stand.