Paul is a prisoner for Christ (Eph. 3:1)

“This is the reason

That I,

Paul,

Am a prisoner

For Christ Jesus

For the sake

Of you gentiles.”

Τούτου χάριν ἐγὼ Παῦλος ὁ δέσμιος τοῦ Χριστοῦ Ἰησοῦ ὑπὲρ ὑμῶν τῶν ἐθνῶν

Paul said, “This is the reason (Τούτου χάριν) that I (ἐγὼ), Paul (Παῦλος), am a prisoner (ὁ δέσμιος) for Christ Jesus (τοῦ Χριστοῦ Ἰησοῦ), for the sake of you gentiles (ὑπὲρ ὑμῶν τῶν ἐθνῶν).”  Paul considered himself a prisoner for Christ.  He had been arrested in Jerusalem in Acts, chapter 21 and imprisoned in the following chapters.  He had been willing to be imprisoned by the Jewish and Roman officials for his pronouncements about Jesus Christ.  He had defended his work with the gentiles in front of the Jewish people in Jerusalem.  They turned him over to the Roman officials. When he finally claimed that he was a Roman citizen, he had to be tried in Rome.  In the meantime, he spent a lot of time in Roman custody as a prisoner.  Have you ever been a prisoner?

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