the message that cannot be chained

chained

“Remember Jesus Christ, raised from the dead, descended from David.  This is my Gospel, for which I am suffering even to the point of being chained like a criminal.  But God’s Word is not chained.  Therefore I endure everything for the sake of the elect, that they too may obtain salvation that is in Christ Jesus with eternal glory” (2 Timothy 2:8-10).

“Jesus Christ, raised from the dead, descended from David.  This is my Gospel…” was our focus last week.  76 times in the letters of the Apostle Paul he pens the word Gospel.  And each and every time, his intention is to communicate this very reality.  The resurrection of the Messiah proclaims His deity.  His descent from David reveals His humanity.  Both facets, intrinsically crucial to the Gospel message.

What we sometimes miss is that Paul is in prison as he writes this second letter to Timothy.  We think of Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians, and Philemon as prison letters.  But somehow we miss 2 Timothy.  During his first imprisonment in Rome (Acts 28), Paul of course comprises Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians, and Philemon.  Upon his release (62AD), he then makes his fourth missionary journey.  4-5 years later, however, Paul is again arrested for his faith.  This time he languishes in a dungeon.  Chained for his belief in our Lord.  “But God’s Word is not chained.”

“This is my Gospel, for which I am suffering even to the point of being chained like a criminal.  But God’s Word is not chained.”

God’s Word is not chained!  What a powerful statement.

Certainly the written Word is included.  Surely Christ the Divine Word is a part of this theology.  However, when the Apostle declares, “God’s Word is not chained” he’s referring to the crux of the text, the message of the Gospel.  The message of “Jesus Christ, raised from the dead, descended from David.”

The message that cannot be chained.

Glory to God!

Jason

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