"When you come, bring the cloak that I left with Carpus at Troas, and my scrolls, especially the parchments."
It is aboutAD 66. Paul is in prison in Rome during the reign of Nero. It is his second imprisonment there.
What we learn from the cloak.
We learn about the complete self-sacrifice of Paul for his Lord's sake.
Remember what Paul once was well-known, powerful and wealthy. He had learned at the feet of Gemaliel. He was a man on the rise in the Sanhedrin.
Now he had nothing, only a cloak and some books and parchments, and those are 600 miles away in Troas. He probably had his outer garment taken by those who arrested him. And now he was cold. Winter was setting in.
How did he get this way. He persisted in preaching the Gospel. He refused to be silenced.
Was he right to do this? Was he acting reasonably? Of course!
We learn how utterly forsaken the apostle was by his friends.
If he needed a cloak, couldn't someone lend him one. There was no one to do so.
Ten years before, as he was brought in chains along the Appian Way to Rome, two groups of believers met him to encourage him. Now, there was no one. Apparently, no one came to visit him.
2 Timothy 4:9-18
9 Do your best to come to me quickly, 10 for Demas, because he loved this world, has deserted me and has gone to Thessalonica. Crescens has gone to Galatia, and Titus to Dalmatia. 11 Only Luke is with me. Get Mark and bring him with you, because he is helpful to me in my ministry. 12 I sent Tychicus to Ephesus. 13 When you come, bring the cloak that I left with Carpus at Troas, and my scrolls, especially the parchments. 14 Alexander the metalworker did me a great deal of harm. The Lord will repay him for what he has done. 15 You too should be on your guard against him, because he strongly opposed our message. 16 At my first defense, no one came to my support, but everyone deserted me. May it not be held against them. 17 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. 18 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.
What is Paul's state of mind?
He is full of faith in his Lord, for whom he has lost all things.
2 Timothy 1:12
"That is why I am suffering as I am. Yet I am not ashamed, because I know whom I have believed, and am convinced that he is able to guard what I have entrusted to him for that day."
He is confident that the Lord is accomplishing His will .
2 Timothy 2:8-13
8 Remember Jesus Christ, raised from the dead, descended from David. This is my gospel, 9 for which I am suffering even to the point of being chained like a criminal. But God's word is not chained. 10 Therefore I endure everything for the sake of the elect, that they too may obtain the salvation that is in Christ Jesus, with eternal glory. 11 Here is a trustworthy saying: If we died with him, we will also live with him; 12 if we endure, we will also reign with him. If we disown him, he will also disown us; 13 if we are faithless, he will remain faithful, for he cannot disown himself.
He is ready for the future.
2 Timothy 4:6-8
6 For I am already being poured out like a drink offering, and the time has come for my departure. 7 I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. 8 Now there is in store for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me on that day-- and not only to me, but also to all who have longed for his appearing.
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