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Onesiphorus

Onesiphorus, from the Greek name pronounced on-ay-sif-or-us, meaning to bring joy, was a Christian man from Ephesus who provided help and support to the apostle Paul (see Paul's Ministry) when he was a prisoner at Rome. Onesiphorus was among those who had both the faithfulness and the courage to stand as Bulwarks Of The Truth, not just in Paul's time, but through all time.

"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).

Prison 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."

"Thou therefore, my son, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus. And the things that thou hast heard of me among many witnesses, the same commit thou to faithful men, who shall be able to teach others also. Thou therefore endure hardness, as a good soldier of Jesus Christ. No man that warreth entangleth himself with the affairs of this life; that he may please him who hath chosen him to be a soldier. And if a man also strive for masteries, yet is he not crowned, except he strive lawfully. The husbandman that laboureth must be first partaker of the fruits. Consider what I say; and the Lord give thee understanding in all things." (2 Timothy 1:15-2:7 KJV)

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."

"Do thy diligence to come shortly unto me: For Demas hath forsaken me, having loved this present world, and is departed unto Thessalonica; Crescens to Galatia, Titus unto Dalmatia. Only Luke is with me. Take Mark, and bring him with thee: for he is profitable to me for the ministry. And Tychicus have I sent to Ephesus. The cloak that I left at Troas with Carpus, when thou comest, bring with thee, and the books, but especially the parchments."

"Alexander the coppersmith did me much evil: the Lord reward him according to his works: Of whom be thou ware also; for he hath greatly withstood our words."

"At my first answer no man stood with me, but all men forsook me: I pray God that it may not be laid to their charge. Notwithstanding the Lord stood with me, and strengthened me; that by me the preaching might be fully known, and that all the Gentiles might hear: and I was delivered out of the mouth of the lion. And the Lord shall deliver me from every evil work, and will preserve me unto his heavenly kingdom: to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen."

"Salute Prisca and Aquila, and the household of Onesiphorus. Erastus abode at Corinth: but Trophimus have I left at Miletum sick. Do thy diligence to come before winter. Eubulus greeteth thee, and Pudens, and Linus, and Claudia, and all the brethren. The Lord Jesus Christ be with thy spirit. Grace be with you. Amen." (2 Timothy 4:6-22 KJV)

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"?
See "I've Come To Take You Home"


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