Closing comments

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    2 Timothy 4:14-18 says “Alexander the coppersmith did me great harm; the Lord will repay him according to his deeds. [15] Beware of him yourself, for he strongly opposed our message. [16] At my first defense no one came to stand by me, but all deserted me. May it not be charged against them! [17] But the Lord stood by me and strengthened me, so that through me the message might be fully proclaimed and all the Gentiles might hear it. So I was rescued from the lion’s mouth. [18] The Lord will rescue me from every evil deed and bring me safely into his heavenly kingdom. To him be the glory forever and ever. Amen.”

    As Paul closes out the book to Timothy he makes several interesting personal notes. Paul warned about Alexander the coppersmiths and the damage that he did to Paul. Yet Paul was not vengeful, but rather trusting God to judge righteously.

    Paul notes that when he first taught the truth that no one stood beside him. He was alone in his stand for the Gospel. Yet it is still his desire that none of those people be charged with it. The Lord stood by him, strengthened him, kept him from the lions mouth, and it is the Lord that will bring him into the kingdom.

    When we stand for God there will be times that we stand alone. Yet we must remember that the Lord is with us and will reward us accordingly. The Lord will also righteously judge those who oppose us in our stand for truth.