The Lord Again Appears to Paul
11 And the night following the Lord stood by him, and said, Be of good cheer, Paul: for as thou hast testified of me in Jerusalem, so must thou bear witness also at Rome.
Elder Bruce R. McConkie wrote:
“In his persecuted and straitened state, Paul needed comfort and assurance from on high. How shall such be given him? The Lord could have sent an angel; He could have spoken by the power of the Holy Spirit to the spirit within Paul; or He could have opened the heavens and let him see again the wonders of eternity. But this time—thanks to his valiant service, his unwearying devotion, his willingness to suffer even unto death in the Cause of Christ—this time Paul was blessed with the personal ministrations of the Lord of heaven Himself. Jesus stood at his side. Without question much was said and much transpired, of which there has been preserved to us only the promise that the Lord’s special Apostle would yet bear witness of the Master in Rome. [See Hebrews 12:11–17.]”
(Doctrinal New Testament Commentary, 3 vols. [1965–73], 2:191.)