PAUL LOOKS BEYOND THE GRAVE

WARNINGS FROM THE EDGE OF ETERNITY

As for me, the hour has come for me to be sacrificed; the time is here for me to leave this life. I have done my best in the race, I have run the full distance, and I have kept the faith. And now there is waiting for me the victory prize of being put right with God, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will give me on that Day—and not only to me, but to all those who wait with love for him to appear.
2Tim.4:6-8 TEV

Sometimes, things appear differently to us when we are facing the end of our lives. That is how it was for Paul as he wrote his last letter, his second letter to his spiritual son Timothy. Paul was about to be executed in Rome. As he thought about his death, it seemed like he was gazing out into eternity. Some of the things he said to Timothy in this letter speak loud and clear to us as we face the end of the age.
What kinds of things did Paul warn Timothy about in this critical time? First, he warned him of people that had an outward form of religion, you might call it a veneer, but they reject the real power of God. He also warned Timothy of people who would be treacherous, treasonous people even within the church that Timothy pastored in Ephesus. He also cautioned Timothy to be aware of false teachers that would use Christianity for their own selfish purposes rather than advancing God’s kingdom. These characteristics have come full bloom in the modern church world.
How was Timothy to stay true to the Lord in those difficult times? Paul reminded Timothy of the first time he had prayed for him and how the Spirit had fallen upon him. “Stir up the gift”, Paul admonishd Timothy. Paul also encouraged Timothy to soak in the scriptures he had been taught from his childhood. These were the “God breathed words of life”, Timothy was to live in them and he was to preach them.
Today, we are all standing on the edge of eternity. These are the “difficult times” Paul spoke of that would come at the end of the age. We must pay close attention to what Paul told Timothy. Beware of “ministries” that have a form of godliness without His power, stir up the gift of the Holy Spirit in your life, and immerse yourself daily in God’s Word. As we see the great day of the Lord drawing near, we must not allow ourselves to fall under pressure to live like everyone else. The Lord is returning and there is a crown reserved for those who love His appearing. As we see the end of the age approaching, if you take another look, you might find yourself gazing into eternity like Paul.

2 Replies to “PAUL LOOKS BEYOND THE GRAVE”

  1. its the same as in pauls day, every day that goes by hasnt changed, things may have a different name put on them like being political correct or something else, this has even creeped into some churches, if we have a church we go to that teaches the whole word of god in this day count it as a real blessing, me and my wife are blessed that the lord lead us where we are, only his word and the holy ghost power will keep us in the truth, and help us to walk up right and be pleasing to the lord, in ourselves we can do nothingits just some religous game, im learning to stay out of gods way let him move the way he wants not what i think wee can know him but not all the time know how he may move on things, Father know best

  2. When I read this, I’m reminded of a song I love,
    Turn your eyes upon Jesus,
    Look full in His wonderful face,
    And the things of earth will grow strangely dim,
    In the light of His Glory and Grace.
    Looking at eternity gives you a proper perspective on what’s a priority here on earth. There are so many things we think are important, but in the light of eternity, they take a back seat to our ultimate priority, our relationship with Christ.

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