St Paul

St Paul. I love the man. He sacrificed everything for the Gospel of Jesus Christ. And in end, he shared in the fate of his Master. Betrayed, rejected, alone and ultimately sacrificed. As he approached what he perceived to be the end, he wrote what I always think is one of the saddest accounts of the Bible:

For I am already on the point of being sacrificed; the time of my departure has come. I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. Henceforth there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, will award to me on that Day, and not only to me but also to all who have loved his appearing. Do your best to come to me soon. For Demas, in love with this present world, has deserted me and gone to Thessalonica; Crescens has gone to Galatia, Titus to Dalmatia. Luke alone is with me. Get Mark and bring him with you; for he is very useful in serving me. Tych’icus I have sent to Ephesus. When you come, bring the cloak that I left with Carpus at Tro’as, also the books, and above all the parchments. Alexander the coppersmith did me great harm; the Lord will requite him for his deeds. Beware of him yourself, for he strongly opposed our message. At my first defense no one took my part; all deserted me. May it not be charged against them! But the Lord stood by me and gave me strength to proclaim the message fully, that all the Gentiles might hear it. So I was rescued from the lion’s mouth. The Lord will rescue me from every evil and save me for his heavenly kingdom. To him be the glory for ever and ever. Amen.

Truly a glorious man! Pray, good man, that I may remain faithful to your Gospel!

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~ by Rob on January 30, 2010.

2 Responses to “St Paul”

  1. It’s interesting that he at the same time says he is about to be sacrificed and that the Lord rescues him from all evil. So many think when the Bible speaks of keeping us from harm it means all physical harm, but as Paul shows us here (good man), we may still suffer much on this Earth that cannot harm us because we are in Christ and will share in His reward. Hard to wrap my head around.

  2. […] at Saint Paul, as Rob has recently brought to my attention: For I am even now ready to be sacrificed: and the time of my dissolution is at hand… At my […]

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