Imprisonment for Christ (Phil. 1:13)

“It has become known

Throughout the whole imperial guard

And to everyone else

That my imprisonment

Is for Christ.”

ὥστε τοὺς δεσμούς μου φανεροὺς ἐν Χριστῷ γενέσθαι ἐν ὅλῳ τῷ πραιτωρίῳ καὶ τοῖς λοιποῖς πᾶσιν,

Paul said, “It has become known or apparent (φανεροὺς) throughout the whole imperial guard (ἐν ὅλῳ τῷ πραιτωρίῳ) and to everyone else (καὶ τοῖς λοιποῖς πᾶσιν) that my imprisonment (ὥστε τοὺς δεσμούς μου) is for Christ (ἐν Χριστῷ).”  Paul then explained how his imprisonment by the Romans had helped to spread the word about Jesus Christ.  Everyone recognized that he was in prison because he was trying to speak about Jesus Christ.  This imperial guard, πραιτωρίῳ, were the soldiers who guarded the official residence of the governor, sometimes called the praetorian.  This could have been the military guards in Jerusalem, Caesarea, or Rome, since Paul was imprisoned in all three places in Acts, chapters 21-28.  Paul got to explain everywhere, while in chains, that he was doing this for Jesus Christ.  Have you ever been in prison?

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