“I labor in this Gospel, even while chained like an evildoer. But the word of God is not bound. I endure all things for this reason: for the sake of the elect, so that they, too, may obtain the salvation which is in Christ Jesus, with heavenly glory.“
MURDER THE MESSENGER
Some years ago, an African chief had done something for which the British government wished to punish him for. They sent a gunboat to destroy his village. A runner brought the chief the news that the boat was coming. The chief had the messenger killed. The next day another messenger cam and he met the exact same fate. The third day, another messenger came who also was murdered. By killing the messengers did not kill the message. Soon the boat came and it fired on the small village. The village collapsed like cardboard. Enemies of the early church found the same truth.
Although they put Paul in prison and even killed all the Christians they could find, they still could not bind the Word of God. It was like trying to stop a raging river with one small rock or like trying to hold back an explosion with y our bare hands. The more pressure they applied, the more the church seemed to grow. They bound the messengers but they could not bind the message.
This is still true today. God’s Kingdom will come! His work will still be done! His will is still going to be accomplished! So, take heart; the Word of God has not and cannot be bound or destroyed. Christ will always triumph! In our part of the world, we really don’t know much about truly being persecuted for our faith. However, there are many in different parts of this world, our brothers and sisters in Christ that are still suffering terribly for their testimonies to God. May we be diligent in praying and caring for them.