Summary: To establish that this instruction is needed today for all the saints to remain faithful and committed to the cause of Christ.
1. Paul’s Divine Counselor
2. Paul’s Divine Deliverer
3. Paul’s Divine Preserver
1. In our lesson today we will be discussing Paul’s first defense in Rome. We will be reviewing some great words of encouragement from this great apostle of Christ. We find him now in a Roman prison near the end of his life. He charges the young evangelist in a powerful way – to preach the word and follow his example of devotion and faithfulness to Christ. He informs Timothy that: “At my first answer no man stood with me, but all men forsook me: I pray God that it may not be laid to their charge.” He said earlier “do thy diligence to come shortly unto me: For Demas hath forsaken me, having loved this present world, and is departed unto Thessalonica…,” 2 Timothy 4:9-10.
2. First, we will discuss Paul’s divine counselor. He says: “Notwithstanding the Lord stood with me, and strengthened me; that by me the preaching might be fully known, and that all the Gentiles might hear.” Paul advises the Timothy that the Lord stood with him and strengthen him during his first appearance before Nero. He was on trial for his life. He reflects on his entire Christian ministry from his call and conversion to Christ in Damascus; till now, his pending conviction and death for the cause of Christ in Rome. “And when they bring you…take no thought of what…,” Luke 12:11-12.
3. Secondly, we will note Paul’s divine deliverer. He says: “I was delivered out of the mouth of the lion. And the Lord shall deliver me from every evil work.” He recounts his first appearance before the most powerful man in the world. During his first appearance, those that laid charges against him were unsuccessful. He escaped the ax and the sentence of death from the Magistrate. The Lord delivered me from the “mouth of the lion.” Delivered him from the chopping block; from which he would soon suffer death. We can be confident, that the Lord will at his good time deliver us from all of our trails and temptations.
4. Lastly, we will discover Paul’s divine preserver. He says: “And the Lord will preserve me unto his heavenly kingdom: to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen.” He faces death – though ready to be offered, and the time of his departure was at hand. Paul was assured that there was laid up for him a crown of righteousness…,” 2 Timothy 4:6-8. We can be sure that our Lord has also a crown of life laid up for us in that heavenly kingdom. With this brief introduction let’s consider Paul’s divine counselor.
BODY OF LESSON
I PAUL’S DIVINE COUNSELOR
A. At my first answer. It appears that Paul has made his first hearing before Nero in Rome in defense of his life and ministry for Christ.
B. No man stood with me. He stood alone without any of those that labored and worked with him in the faith. But all men forsook me. Notice earlier, “for Demas hath forsaken me, having the love this present world, and is departed unto Thessalonica; Crescens to Galatia, Titus unto Dalmatia,” 2 Timothy 4:10.