April 25 The Risen Christ

Scripture reading: Acts 2:23–24, 32–36

Key verse: 2 Timothy 2:9

The word of God is not chained.

In her book, Shadow of the Almighty, Elisabeth Elliot offers penetrating insights into the life of her husband and missionary martyr, Jim Elliot. Ever the seeker, Elliot disliked any attempt to contain or confine the fires of God in the human life. He wrote this while a student at Wheaton College:

2 Timothy 2:9 says, “The word of God is not bound.” Systematic theology—be careful how you tie down the Word to fit your set and final creeds, systems, dogmas, and organized theistic philosophies!

The Word of God is not bound! It’s free to say what it will to the individual and no one can outline it into dispensations which cannot be broken. Don’t get it down “cold,” but let it live—fresh, warm, and vibrant—so that the world is not binding ponderous books about it, but rather the world is shackling you for having allowed it to have free course in your life.

Although Jesus was not a revolutionary, what He began on Resurrection Sunday has transformed millions of men and women through the centuries.

When you are regenerated by the Holy Spirit, you are filled with the power of the risen Christ. You are joined with a Savior with whom nothing is impossible. Never be surprised at what He will do next.

Father, I claim the power of the risen Christ in my life. Renew my strength by Your Spirit.[1]

[1] Stanley, C. F. (2002). Seeking His face (p. 120). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

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