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by Wayne Blank
"The Lord give mercy unto the house of Onesiphorus; for he oft refreshed me, and was not ashamed of my chain"
Onesiphorus was among the few who did all that they could to support Paul while he was held prisoner by the Romans because he knew that, even though Paul was the one being detained, it was the Romans who were the criminals, not only in the eyes of all of the other nations who were subject to "law of the jungle" Roman imperialism ("empire-ism" - see Emperor) and occupation (see Ancient Empires - Rome), but in the eyes of God because the Romans imprisoned Paul, and many other true servants of God like him, for the "crime" of preaching the Truth of the Gospel of the coming Kingdom of God to this earth (see The Gospel of The Kingdom of God).
Preaching the Gospel of the coming Kingdom of God was a political reality that offended the Romans' national arrogance because their nation was their religion and their Leader was their god - the reason that so many Roman political buildings were designed and appeared as temples, complete with statues (i.e. idols) of their "heroes" (see Demigod for the surprising origin of the term "hero"). It was a Satanic delusion that didn't work with true Christians, whether converted people of other nations, or converted Romans who had awakened from their self-righteous nationalistic stupor to clearly see the Truth and thereafter began to truly worship the only true God.
"This thou knowest, that all they which are in Asia be turned away from me; of whom are Phygellus and Hermogenes. The Lord give mercy unto the house of Onesiphorus; for he oft refreshed me, and was not ashamed of my chain: But, when he was in Rome, he sought me out very diligently, and found me. The Lord grant unto him that he may find mercy of the Lord in that day: and in how many things he ministered unto me at Ephesus, thou knowest very well."
Even though Paul knew that he was soon going to be executed by the Romans, he knew that he, along with all of those who stood by the Truth, including Onesiphorus, had won i.e. "I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith: Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness."
"For I am now ready to be offered, and the time of my departure is at hand. I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith: Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love His appearing."
Fact Finder: When will Paul, and all of the true Christians who have lived through the ages, actually be "saved"? When will they receive "a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love His appearing"?