“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” (2Tim 2:8, 9)
Apostle Paul was imprisoned for preaching the Gospel of Christ. There is a strange hatred in men’s hearts against the Word of God. Except they become saved and then things change. Paul was called an evil doer. But he was a happy man, for the Gospel he preached before and even during his incarceration will continue to have its way. The servant of God was in chains, but the Word of God cannot be chained, for it is alive forever.
What does it mean that the Word of God is ‘not chained’? In Hebrew the word ‘chained’ means to be bound, to be knit together or to be tied down. The Word of God cannot be restrained by any human law or authority; its free movement to the hearts of men cannot be hindered by anybody; it cannot be controlled by any force, natural of spiritual; no man or demon can block its influence. The Word of God is supreme. No judge or government can stop the work of the Word of God in the souls of men.
Over the years, men have tried to destroy the Bible. But they have all failed. For almost 2000 years the unbelievers have attacked the Bible. They burnt it; they forbade it; they mocked it; they insulted it. I know for I was born in a Communist country. I did not see a Bible before coming to Nigeria in 1980. But no matter what evil men did, the Bible is still the number one best seller in the world. Emperors and popes, kings and priests, princes and rulers have all tried their hand at outlawing and destroying the Bible; they all died and the Book lives on! Millions of copies are published and sold annually. For example, I read that in the 20th Century the Bible outsold it’s nearest competitor by 1 billion, 200 million books! Incredible, no other book was even close. At least part of the Bible has been translated into over 2197 of the 2796 languages of the world. How do you explain that?
Thank God for the Bible! If you are a Believer, the greatest treasure you possess in your house is your Bible. Do you know that? More than furniture, cars, degrees, deeds of lands and houses, the Bible is your best property, your greatest insurance and wonderful Friend. Let’s thank God today for giving us the Word of God. We may be sick, but the Word is never sick. We may be tired, but the Word is never tired. We may be ‘broke’, but the Word of God is power, joy, peace, health, prosperity and eternal life! The promises of God are yes and amen! No man or devil can stop them! Faith 100%! Doubt 0%! To God be all the glory!
In Christ I declare:
The Bible cannot be destroyed!
I love the Bible!
I trust and obey the Word of God!
To the glory of God!
In Jesus name, Amen!