by Steven Chan

In 2 Tim 4:6-8, the apostle Paul wrote about his  imminent transition from this world to that beyond  the grave: 

“For I am already being poured out as a drink offer ing, and the time of my departure is at hand. 7I  have fought the good fight, I have finished the  race, I have kept the faith. 8Finally, there is laid up  for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord,  the righteous Judge, will give to me on that Day,  and not to me only but also to all who have loved  His appearing.” 

2. Looking back on his life, he could say that he  had fought the good fight of faith. He told the el ders of the church at Ephesus: “I testify to you this  day that I am innocent of the blood of  all men. 27 For I have not shunned to declare to  you the whole counsel of God.” (Acts 20:27). Paul  had been very diligent to teach the complete will of  

God to them. He reminded them: “that for three  years I did not cease to warn everyone night and  day with tears.” That was diligent he was in “fighting  the good fight of faith” and to “finish my race with  joy” (Acts 20:24). He could say that he had “kept  the faith”. 

3. Looking forward, Paul said that he anticipates  receiving the crown of righteousness from the Lord,  the righteous judge who had promised: “Be faithful  until death, and I will give you the crown of  life.” (Rev 2:10) 

4. The writer of Revelation revealed thus: “Then I  heard a voice from heaven saying to me, “Write:  ‘Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord from now  on.’ ” “Yes,” says the Spirit, “that they may rest  from their labors, and their works follow them (Rev  14:13). 

5. All of us will die: “And as it is appointed for men to  die once, but after this the judgment” (Heb 9:27).  But there is a difference between those who die and  those who die in the Lord. Those “who die in the  Lord” are blessed. They are the ones who have put  on Christ in baptism (Gal 3:27) That is because “the  dead in Christ will rise first” at the coming of the Lord  (1 Thess 4:16c) and can look forward to receiving  the crown of life. 

6. They can look forward to “rest from their labors”  for the Lord: “Therefore, my beloved brethren, be  steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work  of the Lord, knowing that your labor is not in vain in  the Lord.”(1 Cor 15:58). “Do not be deceived, God is  not mocked; for whatever a man sows, that he will  also reap. 8For he who sows to his flesh will of the  flesh reap corruption, but he who sows to the Spirit  will of the Spirit reap everlasting life.” (Gal 6:7-8).  Eternal rest awaits for those who have laboured fer vently for the Lord. 

7. The “works” that they have done for the Lord will  follow them – meaning that their works for the Lord will be remembered beyond the grave. 

8. Our bro Tan Chin Han passed on to glory this  past Friday, Dec 4, 2020 after 77 years in this life.  For 45 of those years he faithfully and diligently  worked for the Lord. Bro Chin Han had been a bible  teacher for the Boys Brigade at the Methodist church  before bro Charlie Chan introduced him and his wife,  sis Siu Hwa to bro Charles Bishop who taught them  and helped them to have a more accurate under standing of the gospel. I recalled him telling us after  his studies with bro Charles, that he had never understood the scriptures as clearly as was shown by  bro Charles. He and his wife were baptized on Feb  2, 1975.  

9. Bro Chin Han was very diligent in sharing the gospel with all his family members and his friends – many of them were taught and baptized. He and sis  Siu Hwa were also instrumental in teaching the sib lings of sis Siu Hwa and bringing them to the obedience to Christ. Their two sons have been brought in  the nurture and admonition of the Lord. Bro Sam Tan  was a former deacon in Klang and is now a deacon  at the Kota Kemuning congregation. Bro Jim Tan is  now working in Hong Kong. Bro Chin Han and his wife, have been faithful to the Lord throughout their  45 years in the Lord. 

10. When bro Chin Han became a Christian, most of  the members of the Klang congregation were teenag ers. He and his wife, together with bro Charlie Chan,  bro Ron Ying, the late bro Simon Lopez, and their  wives were the adults in the church. They were im portant to the church as they provided credibility (in  the eyes of the community) as the congregation com prised mainly of teenagers/students. 

11. A quiet and unassuming couple, Bro Chin Han  and his wife were very supportive of the work of the  church and they were very active in helping with all  the activities of the church. Bro Chin Han would have  also accepted the work of an elder had he been in  better health. Elsewhere in this bulletin, bro Kay  Yeow has penned a tribute to bro Chin Han on his  work as a bible class teacher for the new converts.  Bro Charlie Chan has also penned a tribute to bro  Chin Han on his remembrance.  

12. As we reflect on the life bro Tan Chin Han, we  are reminded by the statement in Rev 14:13:  ‘Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord from now  on.’ ” “Yes,” says the Spirit, “that they may rest  from their labors, and their works follow them.” We  shall miss bro Chin Han but we can look forward to  the great reunion at the coming of the Lord.