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Take Strength from the Grace of God, part 6…

Verse 9 in 2 Timothy 2, finishes a sentence begun in the previous verse: “Remember Jesus Christ, risen from the dead, seed of David,according to my gospel, for which I suffer hardship even to imprisonment as a criminal; but the word of God is not imprisoned.” (verses 8 & 9)

The 26th chapter of Acts gives us Paul’s message as he was before King Agrippa. Verses 4-8:

Ac 26:4 “So then, all Jews know my manner of life from my youth up, which from the beginning was spent among my [own] nation and at Jerusalem;

5 since they have known about me for a long time previously, if they are willing to testify, that I lived [as] a Pharisee according to the strictest sect of our religion.

6 “And now I am standing trial for the hope of the promise made by God to our fathers;

7 [the promise] to which our twelve tribes hope to attain, as they earnestly serve [God] night and day. And for this hope, O King, I am being accused by Jews.

8 “Why is it considered incredible among you [people] if God does raise the dead?

I have written before that I believe that the resurrection is the overall subject in Acts; yes, it is the overall subject of the Old and New Testaments. God is the God of the living. And, I have written about “the promise” elsewhere on this site. The promise of life to come in the coming age, an inheritance in that life, and hope of attaining to the out-resurrection among the dead is the crux of the whole matter. Let’s read on in Acts 26:

Ac 26:21“For this reason [some] Jews seized me in the temple and tried to put me to death.

22 “And so, having obtained help from God, I stand to this day testifying both to small and great, stating nothing but what the Prophets and Moses said was going to take place;

23 that the Christ was to suffer, [and] that by reason of [His] resurrection from the dead He should be the first to proclaim light both to the [Jewish] people and to the Gentiles.”

The fact of the resurrection is a hated doctrine! It’s been about 2,000 years since our Lord’s resurrection and mankind has been attempting to destroy this fact – under satan’s leadership – during this time. It isn’t just a N. T. doctrine, either. It is throughout the Old Testament.

August 19, 2010 on this site has one of the blogs I have done on this subject, “Resurrection is a Birth.” Also, this one is a condensed version from April of last year: https://searchfortreasure.wordpress.com/2011/04/25/resurrection-is-a-birth-2/

Back to 2 Timothy 2:9,Paul says that he has suffered hardship, even to imprisonment as a criminal for his good news of the resurrection. But, listen to the rest of the verse: “but, the word of God is not imprisoned.” Friends, it never has been imprisoned and will accomplish all whereunto it has been sent. If you need to review the meaning of the phrase, “Word of God,” there are several articles on this site concerning that subject. Know this: The “Word of God” contains the mysteries of the kingdom of God. Check out Luke 8.

The “Word of God” – “Word of the Kingdom” – is not imprisoned even today. It contains that “hope of the resurrection” which is hated. But, the “word of the kingdom” continues to be taught in the little flocks around the world.

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March 15, 2012 - Posted by | 2 Timothy 2:1-13, Newsy News & Random Thoughts, Pages from my journal | , , , , , , ,

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