But, God’s Word is Not Chained!
1. Why should we be strong? (1-2)
You then, my son, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus. And the things you have heard me say in the presence of many witnesses entrust to reliable men who will also be qualified to teach others.
2. What kind of strength does God want for us?
a. The strength of a soldier who carries out Jesus’ will (3, 4)
Endure hardship with us like a good soldier of Christ Jesus.No one serving as a soldier gets involved in civilian affairs–he wants to please his commanding officer.
b. The strength of an athlete who competes by the rules (5)
Similarly, if anyone competes as an athlete, he does not receive the victor’s crown unless he competes according to the rules.
c. The strength of a hardworking farmer who brings in the harvest (6)
The hardworking farmer should be the first to receive a share of the crops.
3. We are chained, but… (7-9)
Reflect on what I am saying, for the Lord will give you insight into all this. 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.
Jesus wants us to be strong. This strength is not our own, but is God’s strength revealed in our weakness. This strength does not destroy but rather heals. This strength brings peace, not conflict. And this power is far greater than we can imagine. It is with this strength that we are called to serve the world.
- What does it mean to grow strong in grace?
- What does it mean that God’s word is not chained?