by Randy Chambers, 2014-07-08
2 Timothy 2:8-9, NKVJ: “Remember that Jesus Christ, of the seed of David, was raised from the dead according to my gospel, for which I suffer trouble as an evildoer, even to the point of chains; but the word of God is not chained.”
We are chained; bound by our sin afflicted flesh. We are sometimes bound by the constraints of what is in opposition to the Word of God. But most often, we are bound by our own refusal to uphold the Word of God because it does not fit into our plans for our own lives. Yet by the grace of God and by His Spirit, all the chains that hinder us can be thrown off (see Heb. 12:1-4). We can be freed to live according to God’s plan and purpose for us. Regardless of the chains that bind us--regardless of the chains that bind the church--“the Word of God is not chained.” If we choose to be free of the chains that bind us, we will undoubtedly struggle in our fight to remove the chains, and we will struggle in our fight to keep our chains from hindering our ability to proclaim the Gospel. But we must not forget that though we may at times feel weakened by the chains, the Word of God is not chained nor weakened, and therefore we should all the more proclaim it.