Down through the ages, military organizations have employed various types of regimental standards or flags by which soldiers could recognize their unit amidst the confusion of the combat. For example, emblazoned on the ancient Roman standard was a proud silver spread eagle. Napoleon’s regimental flag, also boasted the eagle on the red, white and blue. French Tricolour with the wreath in the white area. The battle cry, “Follow the colours,” became the command to strike a mortal blow against the enemy, to fight to attain the high ground  – the place of victory. In a very real sense, the command to follow the colours is issued to every believer by Jesus Christ, the supreme commander of the heavenly host. The believer’s salvation and regeneration have enlisted permanently in the ranks of the Royal combat. Divisions of the family of God whether he so desires or not, the Christian finds himself in the enemy territory. He is in the world but not of the world (John 15:18, 19). He is locked in invisible but deadly combat with an unseen, mighty foe – the devil and his army (Ephesians 6: 12).

This invisible warfare, which will terminate only at the end of time, is called the “Angelic Conflict.” In a military situation the term strategy defines the deployment of troops over an extensive geographical area. In the angelic conflict, Jesus Christ won the strategic victory by His substitutionary death on the cross, His burial, resurrection, ascension and session at the right hand of the throne of the Father. To satan and his demons, the bruising of the heel (Genesis 3:15) signaled the inevitable destruction of every finished plan (1 John 3:8). To the believer the CROSS meant a share of spoils of victory (1 Corinthians 15: 57). Jesus provided not only eternal redemption but also most advantageous position for defeating our greatest antagonists, the world (1 John 2:16), the flesh (Galatians 5:16, 17) and the devil (1 Peter5:8).

As we once exploited the strategic victory of the cross by personal faith in the Son of God (Acts 16:31), so we are now exhorted to FOLLOW THE COLORS by a consant intake of Bible doctrine. We advance to the high ground of spiritual maturity and seize the high ground of super – grace.

During the War between the States and Iron Brigade, Colonel Burgwyn was ordered to charge the famed Iron Brigade. He issued an order to follow the colors as the soldiers were unable to hear the commands during the noise of the battle. He commanded, “All you men have to do is FOLLOW THE COLORS.” Proud to be the first standard – bearer, Mansfield stepped smartly forwarded four paces to the front of the line. Eight color guards and ten standard bearers had been shot down by the enemy. At this point Captain, a staff officer brought the order to advance. He picked up the fallen colors, waved the flag and dashed to the front. Soon he too collapsed, five bullet wounds in the chest. Lieutenant George rushed and pulled the blood covered flag from under the body and advanced only a few steps. Colonel Burgwyn seized the colors and shouted, “Dress to the colors!” As he moved forward a young private sprang from the ranks to relieve the colonel – too late. Both colonel and private were shot down. Although the colors changed hands 13 times in all, that dauntless regiment drove back the powerful iron Brigade. Follow the colors – follow they did, to the death. They won the battle!