“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.” (2 Timothy 2:8-9)
When we say “Remember 9-11” we’re not referring only to the Twin Towers. We intend for the mind of the hearer to flood with ALL that occurred on that day. Likewise, when Paul told Timothy to “remember Jesus Christ” he didn’t intend for Timothy to remember ONLY two things about Christ (that Jesus was descended from David, and that He was resurrected from the grave). No, he wanted Timothy to remember everything about the gospel message – because that message had the power to bring life (2 Timothy 1:10).
Not only does that message BRING life, but that message also HAS life! While men had chained the messenger within a prison, the message itself could not be contained. In fact, it was during Paul’s times in prison that many of his New Testament letters were written. His personal chains helped create the written message that would thereafter be unchained.
Two thousand+ years later, the Bible remains the world’s #1 Best Seller. Despite continuous scrutiny and criticism, the Word of God continues to go forth throughout the known world. According to the Guinness Book of World Records, more than 5 billion copies of the Bible have been sold. The next closest book, Don Quixote, has sold an estimated 500 million copies. By some estimates, Scripture has now been fully translated into more than 1300 different languages in hundreds of countries around the world.
While it may seem that the things of God are losing ground in our culture, God’s Word remains unchanged. It was Jesus who said, “Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will never pass away” (Mark 13:31).
Christian, we truly are on “the winning side” – don’t lose heart! –Dave
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