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“The Helpers of the War” 
(I Chron. 12:1)
By Michael Zaucha
The provisions and benefits of the new covenant are many and effectual unto the realization of eternal life to everyone that believeth.  One of these many workings of God through Christ Jesus is the knowing and understanding of God Himself.  The prophet Isaiah would foretell of this wonderful working of God to come: “He will come and save you, then the eyes of the blind shall be opened” (Isa. 34:4-5).
The giving of understanding to those that draw near unto Him is one of the ministries the exalted Christ Jesus – the One that came to seek and to save that which was lost (Lk. 19:10) is engaged in even now. Jesus made this known on the very first day when He rose from the dead. On the self same day of His resurrection from the dead, Jesus drew near to the two who were on the road to Emmaus. While on the way, Jesus was engaged in His Father’s business: “and beginning at Moses and all the prophets, He expounded unto them in all the scriptures the things concerning Himself” (Lk. 24:27). And later that day, Jesus’ labor brought forth much fruit for at the breaking of the bread, “their eyes were opened, and they knew Him” (Lk.24:31).
Later that day, Jesus appeared to His disciples and said unto them: “these are the words which I spake unto you, while I was yet with you, that all things must be fulfilled, which were written in the law of Moses, and in the prophets, and in the psalms, concerning Me. Then opened He their understanding, that they might understand the scriptures” (Lk. 24:44-45).
The foundational and main understanding that Jesus illuminates is that He is The Christ, The Son of The Living God, and that He died for our sins according to the scriptures, and was buried, and that He rose again the third day according to the scriptures (I Cor. 15:3-4), and He ascended into heaven (Eph. 4:8), and was ordained of God, “High Priest after the Order of Melchisedec” (Heb. 5:4-10), and that He is exalted to the right hand of the throne of God (Heb. 12:2) given the charge along with the power and authority to bring “many sons to glory” (Heb. 2:10).
Jesus continues to enlighten the eyes of our understanding that “we might know Him that is true, and we are in Him that is true, even in His Son Jesus Christ. This is the true God, and eternal life” (I Jn. 5:20). This (eternal) life is in the Son, and he that hath the Son, hath life” (I Jn. 5:11-12).
Even in our possessing of eternal life now, a warning comes from the Apostles to hold on to it, to keep it and to fight to do so. For in the last days in which we live are perilous times wherein our adversary the devil walketh about as a roaring lion seeking whom he may devour (I Pet. 5:8).
“Therefore beloved, seeing you know these things, beware lest ye also, being led away with the error of the wicked, fall from your own stedfastness” (II Pet. 3:17). The call to beware is an alarm sounded forth from the Apostle because there is no innocence in the error of the wicked. It has one and only one objective – to lead you away that you might fall from the truth as it is in Christ Jesus our Lord. So we must fight the good fight of faith, to lay hold of eternal life (I Tim. 6:12).
In the wisdom of God, He has given us “helpers of the war” (I Chron. 12:1). In the days of King David, these were called the mighty men. They were armed with bows, arrows and stones and they could hurl them with “both the right hand and the left” (vs. 2).
In the days of the new covenant, God, through His Beloved Son, has given the church mighty men as well: “He gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers” (Eph. 4:11). These are the mighty men of the kingdom of God and of His Christ, who do war and are helpers of the war to the people of God, but they do not war with bows, and arrows, and stones. The weapons of their warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God – and those who are sent by the Lord Jesus Christ (Rom. 10:13-15), they wield them skillfully with both the right hand and the left – pulling down of strongholds, casting down imaginations and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God and brings into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ (I Cor. 10:45).
For they have armed themselves with the mind of Christ (I Cor. 2:16; I Pet. 4:1), a mind that is stedfast upon God and upon His Christ and is determined to not be moved away from that resolve. By the grace of God our Father and the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, they shall not be moved even in hard trials and temptations.
For they have put on the full armor of God – covered from head to toe with no flesh exposed – with the helmet of salvation, to the breastplate of righteousness, to the girding themselves about with truth, and their feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace wielding the sword of the spirit, which is the word of God, both with the right hand and the left (Eph. 6:11-17).
Even in the days of King David, he knew the extreme value of such mighty men for “he kept himself close” (I Chron. 12:1). David kept himself close to his mighty men for they were his “helpers of the war.” For these were “men of might, and men of war fit for the battle” (I Chron. 12:8), and David knew he was in a battle and a war.
In like manner, Jesus, the Builder of His Church (Mt. 16:18) has provided “helpers of the war” for us too – those who preach the gospel of God and the gospel of Jesus Christ for it is the power of God unto salvation (Rom. 1:16); those who teach us in the way of righteousness, and reason on it and temperance and judgment to come (Acts 24:25); those who call upon the name of Jesus Christ our Lord ( I Cor. 1:2) - and are heard. Brethren, we shall do well as we keep them close. Amen.