Yes, Paul is ready! Come, cruel, sensual, debased, satanic, abominable Nero, thou beast of Rome, come with all thy tortures. Flash, headsman's ax; thou canst not touch Paul's soul! Thou canst not bind or limit the world-wide and age-long reach of his influence. Thou canst not stain or dim the majesty of his life! Strike, shadows, strike! All that thou canst do is to crown his earthly life with glory and admit him to Christ's everlasting Kingdom!
In the conclusion to his homilies on the Letter to the Romans, Chrysostom says that of all the cities he loves Rome most because there Paul died, there his dust reposes, and there he will be raised up to meet the Lord. In his enthusiasm Chrysostom prays that he might be permitted to throw himself about the body of Paul and be riveted to his tomb, to see "the dust of Paul's body that sowed the Gospel everywhere; the dust of that mouth which lifted the truth on high, and through which Christ spake the great and secret things, and greater than in his own person; the dust of those hands off which the serpent fell into the fire and through which the sacred writings were written; the dust of those feet which ran through the world and were not weary; the dust of those eyes which were blinded gloriously, but which recovered their sight again for the salvation of the world; the dust of that heart which a man would not do wrong to call the heart of the world, so enlarged that it could take in cities and nations and peoples, which burned at each one that was lost, which despised both death and hell, and yet was broken down by a brother's tears."
In his book, Turning Points in History, the first Earl of Birkenhead wrote,
'We see in Paul a man beside whose achievements even a colossus like Napoleon seems a pigmy, and Alexander the Great the creature of an instant.'
(1 Tim. 1. 12; 2 Tim. 4. 17)