Excerpted from Life on the Highest Plane – Ruth Paxson (1928):
“Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, shall give to me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing” (2 Timothy 4:8).
Love. The aged apostle knew that his life work was nearly ended. Perhaps his body still bore the marks of the stripes and was weakened from the periods of hunger and thirst; his heart still felt the balloons caused by the persecutions of his own countrymen and the desertions of false brethren; his spirit was still burdened by the spiritual need of all the churches under his care; yet his whole being was aglow with joy. He had fought a good fight, he had finished his course, he had kept the faith through all the hardships and heartaches and what had been the incentive for such a life?
Paul had loved his Lord’s appearing. Even in the darkest experiences of his life he had ever before him the anticipation of “that day” when the Lord, the righteous Judge, would…….