The Apostles Are Coming! The Apostles Are Coming! (Part 1)

I began this series with Part 1 on April 21; and now, I begin anew.

“He’s dead! He’s dead!” exclaimed the courier from Rome as he walked toward us.

I stopped working and stood up. The other tent makers did the same.

“Who’s dead?” I asked.

“Paul’s dead!” said the courier, wiping the sweat from his forehead. “He was beheaded in Rome about a month ago.”

Even though I knew the Apostle Paul’s ministry would probably have a sad ending, the news stunned me.

O Lord, why? I thought.

I turned away from the group, not wanting to talk about the apostle at that moment. It was just too painful! So, needing to  sort everything out for myself, I walked down to the Aegean Sea and sat on a rock. There, I thought back over my years with Paul.

The first time that I met Paul, I was not impressed. His stature was puny, only 4 feet 6 inches tall and 110 pounds in weight, and his public speaking skills were  limited when compared to Apollos and the other orators. Yes, he was brilliant and could write, but these were facts which I learned later and did not figure at all into my first impressions of him.

Yet, there was something about Paul which drew me to him. Maybe, it was his fiery passion for the gospel; or his fierce boldness; or his love for the church. I can’t put my finger on it, but anyway, I joined up with Paul and traveled along with him as his aide.

On our first journey to Rome, we ended up swimming in the Mediterranean Sea. Somehow, the Roman soldiers did not execute us and we were able to swim ashore to Malta. And eventually, we did arrive in Rome.

Next, I spent two years, waiting for Paul while he was under arrest. When we finally resumed traveling again, everything became a blur of afflictions, hardships, distresses, beatings, imprisonments, tumults, labors, sleeplessness and hunger.

Then, the fire in Rome changed everything for us Christians, from bad to worse. Believers were blamed for the fire and Paul became a marked man. Nero sent soldiers to hunt him down in Asia.

Finally, the stress wore me down. I could not take it any longer.

“Paul, I didn’t join your ministry to be killed by Roman soldiers,” I said on the day of my departure. “I’m going to Thessalonica, start a business and maybe marry a young woman and start a family. I’m too young for a martyr’s death!”

Paul was disappointed, but what could he do? I fled on a boat.

It had been almost two years since I last saw Paul and now he was dead. My mind wandered here and there as the blue waves splashed against the rock I sat on.

Did I make the right decision when I left the Apostle Paul? I wondered.  And how will I be remembered by future Christians?

for Demas, having loved this present world, has deserted me and gone to Thessalonica…(2 Timothy 4: 9)

Demas’ decision has earned him a shameful legacy in the Bible for all to read. But still, before we are too hard on Demas, we have to consider how we might deal with an apostle like Paul.

You see, the apostles are coming…and they are not going to be clad in Giorgo Armani suits, speak ear-tickling words and live in gated Belair-like communities. They will arrive on the scene, full of power and the Spirit to crush our religious systems and ideas.

(Continued in Part 2)

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15 responses to “The Apostles Are Coming! The Apostles Are Coming! (Part 1)

  1. Welcome back. There are times when we need to withdraw, but it’s good to hear from you again.

  2. anewcreation

    Hallelujah. Bring it on Lord!

  3. Solveig and anewcreation,

    Thanks. It’s good to be back.

  4. Heeeee’s Back!
    awesome start to a new series bro, so glad to have you back in the saddle. A very interesting first person angle on Demas. Your writing really shows the flow of the spirit. God Bless
    Jim

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  7. but I like Armani, I’ve only seen them on tv, but I can only imagine God’s Army being well dressed! 😉

    I’m off to part 2….

  8. Cindy,

    Paul said that the apostles are exhibited last because they are spectacles to angles and to men…and are the scum of the world, the dregs of all things. (1 Cor. 4) I would guess that most will not wear Armani.

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  13. Cheryl Reese

    Thx for the encouragements. Feciciousness intended. So many in the Church are gun-ho about being an Apostle, or edifying their pastors to be one…but how will they act when the persecution starts on American soil??

    With recent news of >3,000 people killed for anti-Muslinism in Britian, I pray we take this more seriously. It will be soon, very soon, and killings in our land…inevitable, especially since we’ve been ineffective in ridding the authority of our nation of godless jurisidiction.

    Spiritual authority and pastorship may be attained quite easily but with it comes a greater standard of accountability to example. May GOD have mercy on us!

  14. Cheryl Reese

    P.S. Also, a reply to your blog on frustration; as have been a faithful recepient these last days…good to know others are in a similar boat! BLESS YOU, Brother!

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