Summary: This is message designed to remind God’s people of the power of the Word of God to change lives.
8 Remember Jesus Christ, raised from the dead, descended from David. This is my gospel,
9 for which I am suffering even to the point of being chained like a criminal. But God’s word is not chained.
There are some things in life that cannot be bound¨Cforces that just will not allow themselves to be restricted in any fashion. We see it in nature:
Wind cannot be kept from blowing
Lightning cannot be kept from striking
Earth cannot be kept from spinning
So it is with God¡¯s Word. All the forces of heaven and earth cannot imprison the Gospel.
The words of our Scripture were written by the apostle Paul from a prison cell. What did he do to merit incarceration? He preached the Gospel. He announced the Good News of God¡¯s amazing love and salvation. And for that he was placed under arrest. This isn¡¯t the first time hr found himself in jail for sake of the Gospel. But this time id different. This time he is under the sentence of death. And even though he realizes that there is no way out for him, he glories in the unchained Word of God!
His body may be locked up, but the Gospel free¨Cfree to invade human hearts¨Cto change lives. And there is nothing in all the world that can be done to stop it. Even Imperial Rome, with all her might, could not chain God¡¯s truth.
Paul¡¯s arms were chained to the wall of that prison cell, but the Word was unfettered. He gave testimony to this in his letter to the Philippians:
12 Now I want you to know, brothers, that what has happened to me has really served to advance the gospel.
13 As a result, it has become clear throughout the whole palace guard and to everyone else that I am in chains for Christ.
14 Because of my chains, most of the brothers in the Lord have been encouraged to speak the word of God more courageously and fearlessly. (1:12-14)
And it is still true today. The powerful Word of God is not bound by...
SUFFERING. Paul still had a voice and his companion had a pen. There are men and women all across our world who are bound to beds, wheelchairs, blindness, and prison cells¨Cyet they freely share the Good News. The Gospel even transcends the death of it¡¯s proclaimers. It lives on. It survived the apostles and prophets and it will even survive the great preachers of our day. John Wesley: ¡°God buries His workmen but continues His work.¡±
TIME. The Word of God is always relevant and up-to-date, because it speaks to the basic needs of the human heart. When time ceases, the Scriptures will remain. Isaiah wrote, ¡°The grass withers and the flowers fall, but the word of our God stands forever¡± (40:8).
SCIENCE cannot shackle the Bible. In fact, just the opposite is true. Archeology continues to substantiate its claims. Scientists are constantly changing, revising, or modifying their theories about origins but God¡¯s truths are changeless. They explode to capture the seeking mind.
Even the ENEMIES of the Word cannot keep it from penetrating the human spirit. They may attack it, scoff at it, ridicule it edit it, even deny it, and yet it stands.