2 Timothy 2:8-9 is Paul’s exhortation to his protégé, Timothy.
“Remember Jesus Christ, risen from the dead, descendant of David, according to my gospel for which I suffer hardship even to imprisonment as a criminal; but the word of God is not imprisoned.” (NASB)
In essence Paul says, “I might be chained but remember there are absolutely no chains on the Gospel of our victorious Lord Jesus.”
None of us has a guarantee in this life, especially if you strive to live full-out for Christ. Timothy knew as he read his mentor’s encouraging letter that he might face the same fate as Paul and so many others of his day.
Even now, people continue to endure unspeakable persecution because of their dedication to the unfettered truth of the gospel. We must remember that our life is given purpose as we serve a cause so much larger than we are. Indeed, Christ was dead but is now alive and glorified. God’s Word is forever free and unfettered. The message of Holy Script is eternally secure, absolutely separate from you and I. Just as God is transcendent, so is His perfect Word.
Truth is a concept, an intangible, made observable through a Christian’s life, but it is much bigger than we are. God’s Word offers a finite glimpse into the mind of infinite God. The same omnipotent Sovereign who inspired it, eternally insures its perfect preservation as well. You and I are called to let God’s blessed truth form deep roots and grow observable fruit from our lives, but we must remember and take a certain comfort in knowing that the gospel itself is not dependent upon our fragile ability to preserve and protect it.
Paul was willing to die for something much greater than his own legacy. Knowing that Almighty God stands behind His Word makes promotion of it’s truth worth my life . . .and my death, if so required.
and so my prayer must be . . .
Dear Lord, help me live in constant awareness that your Word in me is eternal and preserved by your own hand. It isn’t bound, and so, neither is your humble messenger.
Walking In His Wisdom Today,