217. Soldiers of Christ arise

1.
Soldiers of Christ, arise,
and put your armour on,
Strong in the strength which God supplies
through His eternal Son :
Strong in the Lord of Hosts,
and in His mighty pow’r,
Who in the strength of Jesus trusts,
is more than conqueror.
2.
Your Canaan to possess
— this is the Father's will,
Though Satan all his pow’rs address
to keep you earthbound still ;
Christ in that heav’nly sphere
has conqu’ring gone before.
See ! your inheritance is there,
and there your holy war.
3.
Stand then in His great might,
with all His strength endued ;
But take, to arm you in the fight,
the Panoply of God :
That having all things done,
and all your conflicts passed,
Ye may o'ercome, through Christ alone,
and stand entire at last.
4.
But, above all, lay hold
on faith's victorious shield ;
Armed with that adamant and gold,
be sure to win the field :
If faith surround your heart,
Satan shall be subdued ;
Repelled his ev’ry fiery dart,
and quenched with God's own Word.
5.
From strength to strength go on,
wrestle, and fight, and pray :
Tread all the pow’rs of darkness down,
and win the wellfought day :
Still let the Spirit cry
in all His soldiers, «Come» ;
Till Christ the Lord descend from high,
and take the conqu’rors home.