Around A.D. 67, the apostle Paul found himself imprisoned in Rome for the second time. Though it had become obvious to Paul his days on earth were counted, he would use this time wisely, exhorting believers through his beloved spiritual son, Timothy.
Paul was lonely, after many believers carried on their mission leaving the apostle behind in chains for the Lord. Paul’s last words were to be edifying ones for all to grow and learn from, as a symbol of righteousness truly Christ like.
“6 For I am already being poured out as a drink offering, and the time of my departure is at hand.” (2 Timothy 4:6)
Because of the magnitude of the transformation within him, deeply rooted in the Holy Spirit, Paul sees the finish line ahead. The apostle was blessed with confidence he diligently preached the gospel of Jesus Christ to the Gentiles, fulfilling Yahweh’s plan for his life.
The Christian life can be compared to a marathon, such as Paul’s, during which believers are called to grow and mature as each one continues to serve a divine Master whose promise has eternal consequences.
“7 I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.” (2 Timothy 4:7)
By faith in Yeshua, the Savior of man, Paul is baptized to be raised from the dead and, in time, lifted high to the heavens, where there is no pain or suffering. This thought was to the apostle’s delight since Paul has physical challenges he longed for the Lord to take from him.
“8 Finally, there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will give to me on that Day, and not to me only but also to all who have loved His appearing.” (2 Timothy 4:8)
Because his faith in the living Christ had led him to the finish line, Paul is promised a crown of jewels in tune with his deeds, for God’s glory.
On the eve of being judged unjustly in Rome, and consequently in this life by the world, the apostle’s hope rested in the Lord’s divine judgment, and the blessings that pour out according to His will.
Truly magnificent is God’s love, as it flows and covers those in Christ. The apostle message here is simple. Servants in their twilight, just as Paul should find peace in their deliverance, which is at hand. Let us pray!
We thank you for your blessings in our lives and for your servant Paul,
We praise you Lord for his wisdom and for his works through this scripture,
We ask you Lord to inspire us to use these verses in our lives
As we grow in you through the teachings of your faithful apostle.
Lord we ask you to strengthen us each day as we endure through battles,
Allow us to praise and love each other through faith in you Jesus,
Shield us from evil through truth, the gospel, salvation and prayer,
Guide us to abide by your word as we spread your gospel to one and all
Becoming examples of faith through our character as we walk the narrow path.
God we pray that you will continue to bless us, to bless our lives and fill us with hope
We ask you Lord to guide our footsteps and lead us to the way everlasting,
Through faith in you Lord we seek salvation and a place with you in heaven
According to your word, your everlasting wisdom and strength.
May your will be done
In our lives, for your life.
We thank you for your love and all you bless us with each day.
This message was written by Daniel St.Pierre