A note from our Pastor:
”And for me, that utterance may be given unto me, that I may open my mouth boldly, to make known the mystery of the gospel, // For which I am an ambassador in bonds: that therein I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak.“Ephesians 6: 19-20
Good Morning Dearly Beloved,
Our study verses this week are of particular intrigue. The Apostle has in the prior verse expressed the importance of the community of believers praying for one another and of disciples being in continual prayer for themselves. Now in these verses he expresses the need and desire for the community of believers to pray on his behalf.
In verse 20, the Apostle says he is an ambassador in bonds. The Apostle, being sent specifically to the gentiles, was certainly an ambassador for Christ. He was bringing the message of the King to a foreign land, and declaring throughout it the goodness of the King’s work. However, despite his high calling he was also in bonds being literally held in Roman custody for the message he preached.
Here in, while in his captivity, the Apostle asks the disciples to pray that he might be able to speak boldly regarding the gospel of Christ. Certainly, when given the opportunity the Apostle would continue to speak verbally the things of Jesus Christ but he also likely was referring to the letters he was writing to the various groups of believers to continue his ministry.
While this is a powerful reminder of the need for the community of believers to prayer for their ministers, the Apostle did not need them to pray in the same way. Ministers today need the Holy Spirit to reveal unto them the truth of the gospel. These revelations are then reinforced through study and transferred to the community of believers through writing and preaching. In contrast, the Apostle had all of the truth of Jesus Christ imparted to him by God himself. He told his audience he did not learn the truth of Jesus Christ from others but had it all revealed unto him after his calling.
Thus, what the Apostle was seeking through the prayer of the disciples was not a revelation of the truth but the right way of teaching the truth. In other words, he understood delivery matters. He was seeking the power of the Spirit to move upon him and inspire his words so they could reach the disciples. It was one thing for the Apostle to know the truth of Jesus Christ through revelation, it was quite another to have the words to teach the truth.
When we pray for our ministers — let us remember to pray both for the revelation of truth and the words to teach the truth to others.
Our Prayers are with you daily,