“But I would ye should understand, brethren, that the things which happened unto me have fallen out rather unto the furtherance of the gospel; So that my bonds in Christ are manifest in all the palace, and in all other places; And many of the brethren in the Lord, waxing confident by my bonds, are much more bold to speak the word without fear. Some indeed preach Christ even of envy and strife; and some also of good will: The one preach Christ of contention, not sincerely, supposing to add affliction to my bonds: But the other of love, knowing that I am set for the defence of the gospel.”
Today’s Morsel: In the late 50’s and early 60’s, one of my favorite television shows was “Have Gun Will Travel.” The name of the main character was a man by the name of “Paladin.” He was always called upon to rid the town of bad guys. Paladin is defined as a defender of a noble causes. In so many ways, the apostle Paul could bear the name of Paladin. Paul was set for the defense of the gospel. Paul was willing to defend the cause. He told those with him, when they tried to prevent him from going to Jerusalem, when the Prophet Agabus told him that he would be bound and delivered into the hands of the Gentiles (Acts 21:10-12), “What mean ye to weep and to break mine heart? for I am ready not to be bound only, but also to die at Jerusalem for the name of the Lord Jesus” (Acts 21:13). Are you set for the defense of the Gospel? Are you willing to defend what you believe in? If we are truly born again, then we must be Paladins.
Sing: I am not ashamed of the gospel of Jesus Christ, for it is the power of salvation; and it is to everyone, everyone that believes it, and to everyone, every that receives it, we can have everlasting life.
Thought For Today: Let’s become Paladins (Parker)