2Ti 4:14-18 Alexander the coppersmith did me much evil: the Lord reward him according to his works: Of whom be thou ware also; for he hath greatly withstood our words. 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.
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: and I was delivered out of the mouth of the lion. And the Lord shall deliver me from every evil work, and will preserve me unto his heavenly kingdom: to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen.
Alexander the coppersmith. An Alexander is named in Act 19:33 and in 1Ti 1:20 as belonging to Ephesus. This may have been the same man. We cannot be sure whether the evil was done in Ephesus, or Rome.
Did me much evil: the Lord reward him according to his works-The Christian, when wronged, is to turn over to the Lord the recompense for the wrong.
Of whom be thou ware. This seems to indicate that Alexander was at Ephesus still.
At my first answer. This seems to point to a first hearing of the case, which had then been adjourned, perhaps to wait for witnesses. Then, as now, cases were often postponed, or there were second trials.
No man stood with me. None of his brethren dared to appear in his support. It was the last year of the reign of Nero, and times were terrible.
The Lord stood with me. He had a better helper than man. He had an assurance that the Lord was with him.
That by me. The Lord strengthened him, so that in his defense he could proclaim to the Gentiles boldly the principles of the gospel. See in Acts his famous speeches before Felix, Festus, and Agrippa.
And the Lord shall deliver me. In the future as in the past. He could look back over his life and remember the many times the Lord stood by him, when in great persecution. His spirit was enamored with the strength of experience; knowing the Lord’s deliverance in past troubles and afflictions.
From every evil work: I was delivered out of the mouth of the lion — namely, Satan, the roaring, devouring lion (Luk 22:31; 1Pe 5:8). I was prevented falling into his snare (2Ti 2:26; Psa 22:21; 2Pe 2:9); 2Te 4:18 agrees with this interpretation, “The Lord shall deliver me from every evil work,” namely, both from evil and the evil one, as the Greek of the Lord’s Prayer expresses it. It was not deliverance from Nero (who was called the lion) that he rejoiced in, for he did not fear death (2 Ti 4:6-8), but deliverance from the temptation, through fear, to deny His Lord. (notes from the Peoples New Testament Comm.)
If a servant of God has been exploited, falsely accused, wrongfully treated; they can be sure that God sees, and will take every action into account. If we do not see the recompense in this life; we will in the next.
This is my response to those who come here to this site, snoop, and spy, then go back to their own sites or places of ministry, and run it into the ground. If what I’m doing is “dead works”, as I’ve heard, why worry about it? Just pay attention to your own ministry, your own works. Another thing you could do is take your opinion to God, and talk to Him about it. If what I’m doing is dead works, I’m sure He will tell me what He called me to do in 2010 was all a mistake, and give this up, and forget it. God will judge us both someday, that should be sufficient.
I’ve been admonished by some to study the book of Romans, to persuade me of my mistake and see that what I’m doing is dead works. I’ve studied Romans for over 30 years, I understand the principle of dead works according to Paul. I’ve gone through some experiences in life to help learn what those principles mean. But, I also know the call of God in my life, and the details of that call that are between God and I, no one else. It is the full assurance of that call that keeps me going in this; in my own flesh, I’ve wanted to quit many times.
For those who feel I’m lacking in faith, and do not believe in healing; I’ve posted over and over again here that I certainly do believe in healing and have been physically healed numerous times over the years as a direct result of the power of prayer, and have prayed for and seen other’s healed, and delivered. But, I have questions for those who accuse me of this, that I never get answers to:
1. Do you ever go to the doctor? Do you take any kind of medications?
2. Have you been healed every time you’ve prayed for it, and has everyone you’ve prayed for been healed?
3. Do you always know why God chooses to heal some, and not other’s?
4. Does it concern you in the least whether those who are not healed, receive compassionate, and loving care by those who are willing to do what they can, and allow God to be God, and not pretend to have all the answers?
5. When was the last time you sat at the bedside of someone who was dying, and simply listened, and waited for an opportunity to share the love of Christ with them, or asked them if they had a favorite scripture you could read to them, simply to be a servant of God, and get no attention or money for it?
I've watched carefully groomed testimonies on Christian programs, with the smiling faces of people giving glowing accounts of the wonderful life they have achieved through faith, and claiming the promises of God over their lives, and I rejoice for them. However, God has not forgotten those who are frail, or terminally ill in nursing homes, or hospice. Real life does not come carefully groomed for many.
6. What do you say concerning the verse in James which specifically tells us that in God’s eyes, pure religion and undefiled are those who visit the widows, the orphans, and keep themselves unspotted from the world: NOT THOSE WHO PREACH THE PROSPERITY GOSPEL.
Jas 1:27 Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from the world.
7. Have you been given a mandate by God to judge and condemn another minister, who you simply disagree with, but have no real scriptural foundation to stand on? I already know the answer to that, and can rest in that knowledge.
Whenever I’ve asked those who’ve opposed this ministry these questions; I get the same response, either silence, or duck and dodge the question, and come back with more worthless attacks, they’ve learned their tactics from the politicians and Pharisee’s.
For all the money and time they may spend to present themselves to you in wonderful health, prosperity, and achievement; it will not last forever. At some point reality will take over. If you live long enough, you will grow old, and the tummy tucks, face lifts, and strict diets will not bring any remedy for what the mirror shows you. I diet, I exercise, and am in great health, but I am not living in fantasy land.
Lastly, if you reading this and are one who has stood by and watched another pastor or leader take your teachings, or inspiration God has given you; and steal it for his own use, and seen him run with it and gain success, and leaving you in the dust; do not be discouraged. On the day you stand before God in heaven, you will receive the reward for the work that was stolen from you; not them. The Lord has stood by me; even as he did Paul, and has assured me of this, it brings me great comfort. Keep your eyes fixed on Jesus.