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To Forgive — Not So Easy

Read the Lord's Prayer (Matt. 6:9-13), especially the part that says, "Forgive us our debts as we forgive our debtors" (6:12).  There are several items in that prayer to which Jesus could have added a word of explanation, but he chose only to explain and emphasize the part of the prayer that deals with forgiveness.

He added, "For if ye forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will

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Two Crowns

The city of Rome was ravaged by a fire in July of A. D. 64.  The people of Rome suspected Nero of setting the fire.  He quickly shifted the blame for this holocaust to the Christians of Rome, and visited a sadistic bloodletting upon them (cf. Tacitus, Annals, XV.44).

Also after the fire, it appears Nero instigated a general roundup of influential Christians in distant provinces.  The Apostle

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Paul — Return to the Lion’s Mouth

At the conclusion of his first Roman imprisonment, the Apostle Paul was "delivered from the mouth of the lion" (i. e., Nero, 2 Tim. 4:16).  He then made his long projected preaching trip to Spain (see Rom. 15:24, 28).   Where did he go thereafter?

We can derive the following likely itinerary by piecing together references in 1 Timothy and Titus, epistles written during this period (ca. A.

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On to Spain

At the conclusion of his first Roman imprisonment (ca. A. D. 62-3), the Apostle Paul was "delivered out of the mouth of the Lion" (Nero, 2 Tim. 4:17).  Did he then fulfill his long-held desire to travel to Spain and preach the gospel there?  He had earlier intended to visit the Christians in Rome and be "brought on his way" by them to Spain (Rom. 15:24-28).

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Delivered from the Lion’s Mouth

How did Paul's first imprisonment in Rome conclude?  Did he stand before Caesar (Nero), as he had thought he would? (Acts 25:10-12).  It is not easy to determine what happened at the end of the two years he spent in "his own hired house" chained to a member of the Praetorian Guard (Acts 28:30; ca. A. D. 60-62).  Possibly, his accusers did not follow him from Jerusalem

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