There have probably been few times in the history of this planet when it has been harder to be a man of God than today. All around us Satan has poised the forces of the darkness of this world to destroy the endangered species known as the godly man. That was what Paul must have thought as he sat to write I Timothy 3:1.
Sometime in the year AD 64, Paul, the apostle looked out of the tiny grate that let in light to his subterranean dungeon. His cell in the Mamertine prison was only a stone’s throw from the epicenter of the world, the Roman Forum.
Outside he heard the crowds surging to the Circus Maximus, or to the gladiatorial games, or any of the other myriads of great Roman festivals. The mighty legions returned from victory after victory with dazzling displays of plunder and captives.
But in that solitary dungeon of dampness, deprivation, and discomfort, once again the spirit overshadowed the great apostle and began to breathe through him the very Word of God.
What is amazing is that with a shamelessly professed homosexual emperor and a bloodthirsty mob of Romans behind him in self-gratifying lust, Paul would write: in the last days the world will get darker! Paul was saying, this is only the prelude. The fallen ego is evident but will come to full bloom in the days ahead.
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