By Robert M. Solomon, Bishop of the Methodist Church in Singapore from 2000 - 2012
Posted by presentepravoce on 24 February 2015
As he faced the end of his life, Paul must have recollected all the significant events and people in his life - and he was filled with wonder and gratitude. If you were in a similar situation, what would you thoughts be - what events and who would you remember? Share your thoughts with others.
As he faced the end of his life, Paul must have recollected all the significant events and people in his life - and he was filled with wonder and gratitude. 
The aged apostle, in his sixties, sat alone in his dark and damp prison cell in Rome. Having travelled so much and met so many people, his thoughts probably raced back and forth as he traced his life - his early days of childhood and youth, his impeccable (perfect) training as a Bible scholar, his wrongly directed passion against the people of the Way, his life changing encounter with Jesus on the road to Damascus, his experience of deep understanding as he read the Scriptures in the light of Christ, his years of missionary service bringing the gospel to many corners of the earth, his joy of seeing people converted and churches planted, his sufferings and travails (engage in painful or laborious effort) of beatings, imprisonments and false accusations, his battles with false teachers who were infiltrating the churches, his protégés (pupil) such as Timothy and Titus, his fellow-workers such as Luke, Silas, Barnabas, Mark, Priscilla and Aquilla, and so on.
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Paul knew that the end was near. He was in prison awaiting a final judgement by boorish (uncivilized) and wicked emperor Nero, who was persecuting the Christians for he blamed them for a great fire that had destroyed a large part of Rome. However, the Christians were certainly not guilty of that. They had gone about their lives quietly, in obedience to their Lord, seeking to bring glory to Him. Paul knew that he and his fellow Christians were unjustly accused. Why was God allowing this to happen?
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As a veteran sufferer for Christ, Paul knew better than to seek specific answers to such questions. He was convinced that "in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose" (Romans 8:28) and that nothing would be able to separate Christ's disciples from the love of God (Romans 8:38-39). If God allowed suffering to come to a believer's life, it was for a purpose known only to God. Whatever the case may be, God often uses suffering to produce Christlike character and holiness. In suffering, one experiences a sweet fellowship with the Lord (Philippians 3:10). One has to trust his Lord - in His wise purpose and abiding (lasting) goodness.
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Paul looked at his chains and knew that he would finally be unchained from his life on earth - to be present with the Lord. His time on earth was drawing to a close. He turned his thoughts to leaving a final thought in his final message to Timothy and other brothers and sisters whom he had come to know and love. As he dictated to his scribe (probably Luke), these were to be his last words. There is a poignancy in the words as the apostle reviewed his life and opened his heart to Timothy, and shared some of his needs and wishes. Paul wanted some of his close associates to be with him in his final days. His good friend and physician Luke was with him (2 Timothy 4:11). Now, Paul urged Timothy to come to him in Rome (2 Timothy 4:9). He also requested the presence of Mark (2 Timothy 4:11).
Painting by Enrique Simonet, 1887 - The Beheading of Saint Paul
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If you were in a similar situation, what would you thoughts be - what events and who would you remember? Share your thoughts with others.
If I am facing the end of my life, I would have recollect the following significant events and people in my life.
Walking to school to attend lessons and walking back home after school
I had to walk most of the time with my brothers and schoolmates to school located 3 km away from our home. We stayed in the remote country side with no public transport and in the sixties and seventies, the long road to school was not those 'flat, flat, clean, clean' with proper footpath and railings by the side to prevent us from falling into the deep drains and rivers.
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We had to cross two wooden bridges over two rivers flowing towards the sea. That 500m middle part of the road journey was through the swamp at the north-eastern part of the island. That area was then not developed, with marsh plants growing in the water to great heights. There was no street lamp, so on nights without the moon, it was pitch dark. There were some fierce stray dogs and other animals prowling nearby. Fortunately our schooling hours ended before nightfall.
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During high tide, we had to remove and carry our shoes and socks, walk barefooted through the muddy water. There was the danger that we may slipped and fell off the bridges which was submerged in the murky water, and get swept away by the strong current. We did not know then that God was guiding us in our every steps especially during rainy days. We somehow always managed to reach school and home safely. Sometimes wet and dirty, but definitely sweaty due to perspiration.
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Time past and in 10 years I somehow completed the primary and secondary education although not with very good grades. Along the way we received a lot helps from our parents, teachers and friends. We had survived and achieved an education through our own efforts - or so we thought.
"For this God is our God forever and ever; He will be our guide even to the end" (Psalm 48:14).
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My parents were farmers. We belonged to the category of families with poor finance. Our parents worked very hard to support the family. They spent the whole day on the farm beside taking care of us. There was not much time for other activities. We did not know what is Church and did not know much about Jesus Christ. My parents, relatives and neighbours believed in Buddhism. My uncle did not worship.
We never attended church although our school is just beside a Catholic Church. Our primary school was a Missionary school operated by Church personals and we were taught to address them as 'Brothers' or 'Sisters'. Everyday in school at 12 noon we would stand and repeat the rosary after the announcements through the broadcasting speakers in every classroom. Our principal would led the prayer and we would follow. We prayed to Marry, mother of God and not to God.
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When we were in primary four, our form teacher, Mrs. Annie Chan, told us the story of Jesus Christ being tortured, scourged and finally crucified. I could not remember whether she had told us about the part when Christ raised up again on the third day. It was a long story and we were all mesmerised and scared at the same time. Mesmerised because the story was very fascinating, scared because the people in the story were very cruel.
Painting by Peter Paul Rubens (28 June 1577 - 30 May 1640) - Christ on the Cross
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We used to play around the Church nearby our school. One day we saw the nun who was living nearby the church and also the caretaker beating the small little boy staying with her. The trashing was very severe and the boy was crying uncontrollably. We were afraid and dare not ventured near the church from that day onward. We were afraid of the same punishment if we were to do something wrong.
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In secondary two one of my Christian classmate shared with me about God. He explained to me how to be saved from our sins and to receive the free gift of eternal life. Some other Christian classmates also spread the gospel message and described the wonderful experiences which they had. Encouraged, I also tried praying to God when taking examinations and when encounter with difficulties, but did not go to Church to worship. I do feel a lot more happier and less stressful because there was another source to turn to in times of problem and trouble. That was spiritually through prayers to God. Sometime God answered my prayers but not all the time. Some of my requests must have been very unreasonable or ridiculous.
"Dear Heavenly Father,
I humbly come before You today, Asking for your guidance and favor on that testing day.
Strengthen my mind, body and spirit To face the challenge and be able to make it.
Help me remember the lessons we took up, Help me recall the topics we discussed.
Help me not to be distracted by the disturbances around me.
Help me not to be discouraged by my anxiety.
Give me peace as the day approaches.
Take away the fears that makes me restless.
Be with me on that big day.
Be my strength be my guide, this I pray
In Jesus Mighty Name, Amen."
"Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you." (Matthew 7:7)
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In my Junior College years my family had financial problem because my father had stroke and was partially paralyse. He could no longer earn income to support the family. One of the Sister, a nun, from the college helped me to apply subsidy to pay for my school fees and some expenses. In return I help out in the school canteen during or after school hours. We managed to carry on with the farming but at a reduced scale. My mother, younger bothers, sister and me, became part-time farmers, school students and hawkers. With helps from our relatives and neighbours we managed to survive in spite of the hardship. Somehow with God's will we overcame the tough obstacles of life, even while we were still quite young.
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My father could not recover and he passed away about five years later, when I was in the army serving my National Service (NS). During the period of my full-time army training and service, and subsequently the 13 years of reservist-in-camp training, I met other Christians in my platoon and company. I discovered the difficulties not to succumb to popular or opposing groups during ministering the gospel messages. There were strong opposing army-mates as well as others who believed in what was more popular at that time. Some are successful business men who paid very little attention to anything religious or spiritual. Others are pre-occupied with bread and butter issues, careers, families, educational training, and the problems on earth during the last days.
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Trusting our Lord
After my National service, I tried to start working as an apprentice in an electrical engineering company. I discovered that my education and skills were below requirement. My boss then suggested that I went for further practical skill training at the polytechnics. So I stopped working and attended a polytechnic to study electronics and communication engineering.
Being out of school for quite some time, my mind got "rusty" and had to spend a lot of efforts to catch up with the curriculum. My efforts were not very successful. I remembered that I failed horribly during the first semester in all the subjects. Fortunately I had very helpful classmates and lecturers, who went all out to make sure we succeeded.
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As time passed, I entered the workforce and met with the everyday difficulties and problems with both the fellow employees and the work itself. As I grew older, all my classmates, friends and fellow colleagues fell in love and found their future partners to start their own family. Unfortunately my love life was not smooth.
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I had my ups and downs in my employment career. My department would ended up closed or sold to another company. My job scope would change and we had to adapt to the new setups and environments. Good things did not last forever in the working world. I had to work under bosses who did not like me, or with colleagues who found it unbearable to be with me around. Most of the time, my bosses would wished that I was not in their team.
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Every morning I read the bible at a quiet corner of my house and go walking 8 km at the PCN (Park Connector Networks) with my sister. Once in a while I create some blogs, like this one. I am still building on my relationship with Jesus Christ whom I have come to accept as my saviour, not because of my effort but because of His grace and strength, from the beginning of my life to my final days.
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I am still building on my relationship with Jesus Christ whom I have come to accept as my saviour, not because of my effort but because of His grace and strength, from the beginning of my life to my final days.
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Something exciting is available around the bend. I know it. It has to be. Because otherwise I would not be here."
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 From "Faithful to the end" A Preacher's Exposition of 2 Timothy, Copyright 2014 by Robert M. Solomon, ISBN 978-1-62707-241-0, PART FOUR: FAITHFUL TO THE END, Chapter 11 "Preparing For The End" (2 Timothy 4:6-8), Page 151-152.
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Matthew 7:7 - https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Matthew+7%3A7&version=NIV
Philippians 3:10 - https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Philippians+3%3A10&version=NIV
Romans 8:28 - https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Romans+8%3A28&version=NIV
Romans 8:38-39 - https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Romans+8%3A38-39&version=NIV