The Apostle Paul

Paul The Apostle

After writing several epistles from prison (AD 60-63), Paul went to Spain to plant the gospel. When Nero again imprisoned Paul he blamed the burning of Rome on Christians and determined to execute Paul and extinguish Christianity. Yet Paul courageously wrote to his disciple in the faith, Timothy, pastor in Ephesus (2 Timothy 4): “I solemnly urge you before God and the Lord Jesus Christ to preach the word, whether the opportunity seems to be favorable or unfavorable, being unflagging and inexhaustible in patience and teaching. Be always composed, unflinching in suffering; do your work as a herald of the good news; do all the duties of your calling. As for me, already my life is being poured out on the altar, and the time of my departure is at hand. I have fought the grand fight, I have run the great race, I have preserved the faith. And now the prize awaits me, the garland of righteousness, which the Lord, the upright judge, will award me on the day of his return. And not just to me but also to them that have set their hearts on his coming appearance. . . Indeed the Lord will rescue me from every assault of evil and will bring me safe to his kingdom in heaven. To whom be everlasting glory. Amen.” Within a short time Paul was dragged out of prison and beheaded on the Ostian Road outside of Rome (AD 65 or 67). By his writings his disciples would be “taught by God.”