What comes to mind when you hear the word?
A shield? Armor perhaps?
These are just a couple of cliches.
For Christians, often we claim God as our fortress, shield, strength, high tower, and our deliverer (Psalm 18:2).
Paul regarded God as his deliverer in 2 Timothy 4:18.
“And the Lord shall deliver me from every evil work, and will preserve me unto his heavenly kingdom: to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen.”
Contextually, 2 Timothy is Paul’s last letter before he was beheaded, according to primary sources.
He knew of his imminent death by the hands of the Romans; yet, in boldness proclaimed that the Lord will deliver him from every evil work.
He stated this despite knowing that an evil work was going to be commenced to him.
Because, he understood that deliverance is not always a physical attribute.
In fact, spiritual deliverance offered by Jesus is of much more importance!
This is why Christ stated,
“And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell” (Matthew 10:28).
Paul also understood that preservation is a matter of deliverance .
The body may endure harm; however, our soul is sealed and preserved unto Heaven regardless of circumstances.
Amen! And as always,