According to his words to Timothy, Paul clearly knew that his head would come off in Rome (2 Timothy 4:6). Knowing this in no degree weakened his passion to use every moment left in his life for the proclamation of the gospel and the strengthening of the church.
Would it make a difference in your life if you knew that God has planned before the foundations of the world that His glory and Christ be greatly increased through your continual witness? Would you stop proclaiming Christ because of hardship, old age, lack of money, or anything else? Notice how Paul ends his career:
Acts 28:1-10. The island of Malta becomes a place where God’s power is present to heal and superstitions melt as God’s servant is unharmed by a viper.
Acts 28:11-16. On the way to Rome, brothers in Christ are found and others came to see Paul in Rome. This is an encouragement to Paul as well as the freedom given him by the soldiers.
Acts 28:17-22. Paul recounts the reason why he was brought from Jerusalem to Rome in chains.
Acts 28:23-31. In his own lodging, Paul expounded the _________ ___ _____ and teaching about the Lord Jesus Christ with all __________ and without hindrance.
How do you want the last chapter of your life to read? Will it have an eternal perspective? Will it leave an impact and mark on the church as Paul did?
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