Alexander the metalworker did me a great deal of harm. The Lord will repay him for what he has done. You too should be on your guard against him, because he strongly opposed our message.
At my first defense, no one came to my support, but everyone deserted me. May it not be held against them. But the Lord stood at my side and gave me strength, so that through me the message might be fully proclaimed and all the Gentiles might hear it. And I was delivered from the lion’s mouth. The Lord will rescue me from every evil attack and will bring me safely to his heavenly kingdom. To him be glory for ever and ever. Amen.
There is no doubt that we are in intense spiritual warfare, as followers of Christ. Satan and his minions are at war on all kinds of fronts in this world. Christ has come and triumphed through the cross, by his death and resurrection. But we are left on earth with the battle continuing to rage, until the Lord comes back, and settles the score through his once for all sacrifice for us, and for the world.
Until then, it can get plenty hot. While I can try to give a general description of what it’s like, suffice it to say that there does seem to be enough variation in it, to make the details different. But with that comes the well rounded work the Lord can do, as a result. But the experience isn’t fun.
But we have God’s full promise in Christ that God will see us through. We must be willing to become battle-hardened, but in a way that’s not of this world, but of the world to come. So that out of that we can become more and more like Christ, and that together, as his body on earth, the church. That is to be our goal, as we seek to hold steady and true to “the faithful witness,” Jesus himself (Revelation 1:5). With the promise that we will be brought safely into God’s heavenly kingdom, that indeed all things will be made right and new, to the honor and glory of God’s good name.