The Last Amen

Saturday, July 10, 2004  4:00 a.m.

Dear Diary,

“The Lord Jesus Christ be with thy spirit. Grace be with you. Amen.” (II Timothy 4:22).  This was the last Amen Paul ever wrote.  II Timothy 4:22 was the last words written by Paul in prison before he was beheaded.  And who was he thinking of when he wrote it?  Others!  He was thinking not of himself, but of others.  Even when he faced certain death he was thinking of others. “The Lord Jesus Christ be with thy spirit. Grace be with you. Amen.” (II Timothy 4:22). Amen in this instance could mean – it is ended.  The job here on earth for me is done. I’m going home to the Father.  What type of Amen will you be able to say when your time is ended?  Amen, I fought a good fight?  Amen, I’ve kept the faith?  Amen, I am now ready to be offered?  Paul was offered on the alter as an example for all of us to see.  His life was a testimony of true godliness.  May we all be able to say, “Amen” as Paul.

Thought for Today:  Here is the last promise and the last Amen in the Bible:  “He which testifieth these things saith, Surely I come quickly. Amen.  Even so, come, Lord Jesus.  The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen.” (Revelation 22:20-21).

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