I was never in the military service of the United States. My son and his wife were and my son-in-law was and is a retired military person. They have told me, as well as others, about the Oath of Enlistment and then the life of obedience demanded from military life. This is the ‘Military Oath of Enlistment.’
“I, ____________________, do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; and that I will obey the orders of the President of the United States and the orders of the officers appointed over me, according to regulations and the Uniform Code of Military Justice. So help me God.”
With very few word changes this could be a ‘Kingdom Oath of Enlistment.’ Paul, an apostle, uses the term ‘soldier’ in Philippians, 2 Timothy and Philemon as a metaphor for a disciple of Jesus. The military oath just seems like a lot more than ‘raise your hand and you will go to heaven’ terminology.
“The person who has my commandments and obeys them is the one who loves me. The one who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I will love him and will reveal myself to him.” Jesus