God’s Word Is Not Bound!

In his second letter to Timothy, Paul wrote this wonderful truth: The word of God cannot be chained (NLT) (ὁ λόγος τοῦ θεοῦ οὐ δέδεται NA28) [2 Tim. 2:9b]. When studying this phrase today I found a great short comment on this verse by Chrysostom (d. 407).

Any cloud passing over our skies may from time to time make us gloomy. But Paul’s heart had no such storms sweeping over it. Or better, there did sweep over him, and often, many storms, but his day was not darkened. Rather in the midst of the temptations and dangers the light shone out. Thus when bound with his chain he kept exclaiming, “The word of God is not bound.” Thus continually by means of that tongue the Word was sending forth its rays.

The above quote is found in Gorday, Peter, editor. Ancient Christian Commentary on Scripture. Colossians, 1–2 Thessalonians, 1–2 Timothy, Titus, Philemon. InterVarsity Press, 2000, p. 244. (As a side, Gorday noted that this citation from Chrysostom comes from Nicene/Post-Nicene Fathers [NPNF] 1.12.75. However, I can’t find it there. If anyone else can find it, let me know!)

Shane Lems
Covenant Presbyterian Church (OPC)
Hammond, WI, 54015