As the true forefathers did in 2 Timothy, Paul writes his next letter to his protege to stay true and strong in his faith. Paul declares that he is serving Jehovah with a clear conscience, there is no shadow of doubt that what he is declaring is true. He is appealing to very core of truth, that he absolutely believes that Jesus is the Christ, the Messiah, the very anointed one of God the Father, the one spoken of by the prophets who was to come and save the people from all troubles, from their sin, from oppression, from death. To make such a claim is to alienate all other points of view. Perhaps Jesus was Himself a forerunner of the anointed one, perhaps He was a type of Christ, a pictorial prophecy of the true one to come.
There are lies, and fabrications of the truth that started with the Roman soldiers who actually saw the resurrection of the Christ and were so dumbstruck that they were speechless and immobile, yet went for the money and fear they fabricated a great story that this Jesus was stolen by some fiends who were able to overpower them and the iron seal placed on the stone sealing the tomb where Jesus was laid. This iron seal whose remnants are still visible today, and would require upward of 70,000 pounds strength to break, is an easily believable story to embrace if you choose. And that seems to be the whole dilemma, if you choose to believe or not believe. A person can find any number of reasons to not believe, but to believe is absolutely from the heart, from the Spirit of God, who speaks to you in way that is sometimes impossible to explain, yet is so real it completely changes your life. Only true believers can understand the Spirits moving in their lives, can understand the protection of the Spirit, the leading of the Spirit, the complete love of the Spirit of God.
Paul, having seen Jesus on the road to Damascus, was completely changed by the experience, because he was faced with the truth. Jesus is real, the very Son of God come in the flesh to save His people from their sin, to make them whole again, to give them their birth into eternal life. The stories are real, the testimonies of changed lives are real, the historical events are real. Just as the stories were real back then, they are still real today.
Paul says he serves God with a clear conscience, as his forefathers did, and we should wonder if we do the same. Do we fully believe with a completely clear conscience or do we harbor a hint of doubt? I pray that I fully believe, and am available for God to lead wherever He chooses, ministry is all around us, we aren’t responsible for everything and everyone, but we are responsible for those God appoints to us. Let us all serve God with a clear conscience.