The Lord Will Rescue You From All Evil!

Posted on April 13, 2022

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By David Ettinger

The End
It was the end for the apostle Paul, who wrote: “For I am already being poured out as a drink offering, and the time of my departure has come” (2 Timothy 4:6).

As his life neared its end in a Roman prison, Paul wrote a final letter to his beloved fellow evangelist Timothy. And though verses 7-8 is the towering passage in this epistle, verse 18 is the one that should elevate the hope of all believers: “The Lord will rescue me from every evil deed, and will bring me safely to His heavenly kingdom; to Him be the glory forever and ever. Amen.”

Let’s briefly examine what Paul meant by this, and what it means to us.

Harmful, Evil Treatment
Though Paul was God’s chosen vessel (Acts 9:15), he was nonetheless subject to harmful, even evil, treatment suffered at the hands of unbelievers and believers alike.

Paul writes of the latter in verse 10: “for Demas, having loved this present world, has deserted me and gone to Thessalonica.” We’re not sure who Demas was, but it is commonly accepted that he was Paul’s ministry partner.

Apparently, he was diverted in his work by either the fear of persecution, or, more likely, the temptations of the world. Either way, he deserted Paul in his labors, no doubt causing him significant emotional pain.

Paul also suffered at the hands of believers in verse 16: “At my first defense no one supported me, but all deserted me; may it not be counted against them.” This “defense,” or trial, is probably the one which led to his current imprisonment.

By not supporting Paul, his fellow workers were either at the trial but too intimidated to testify on his behalf, or simply too intimidated to even show up. I suspect the latter. When Paul needed his friends the most, they deserted him.

And then there’s the harm done to Paul from unbelievers: “Alexander the coppersmith did me great harm; the Lord will repay him according to his deeds” (v. 14). Again, we are not sure who Alexander was, but we do know that he was an enemy of Paul and the Gospel.

Therefore, at the end of his life, Paul was abandoned by those closest to him, and rendered evil by unbelievers bent on hindering his evangelical work.

Yet Paul never lost hope. He knew God was with him in every step of his glorious journey, and therefore at the end, he confidently asserted: “The Lord will rescue me from every evil deed, and will bring me safely to His heavenly kingdom” (v. 18).

A Truth to Savor
Not only did Paul cling to and savor this precious truth, so should all believers.

In writing, “God will rescue me,” Paul was not speaking of the physical realm, as he would soon be martyred for his faith. When Paul wrote “rescue,” he was referencing his soul, that which cannot be touched by human manipulation. The Lord Jesus said: “And do not be afraid of those who kill the body but are unable to kill the soul” (Matthew 10:28).

Paul knew that whatever happened to him in this life, his soul was safe. And because his soul was safe, God would deliver him safely to heavenly bliss.

What about you? What harm or evil have you experienced during your Christian sojourn? What harm or evil are you now experiencing? What harm or evil will Bible-believing Christians in the West soon experience? What harm or evil are Christians in oppressed nations now experiencing?

Whatever that harm or evil, be assured of this: None of it can touch our souls. By the time we breath our last, God will “rescue [us] from every evil deed, and will bring [us] safely to His heavenly kingdom.”

Are you experiencing harm or evil right now, or expect to do so in the future? If so, be like Paul and don’t despair. Rather, be assured of your coming “rescuing” – that unimaginable day when God will deliver you safely into His heavenly kingdom!

David Ettinger is a writer/editor at Zion’s Hope, Inc., and has written for Zion’s Fire magazine since its inception in 1990.