by Harley Howard

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The Epistle to the Philippians Chapter 1:13-30
(3 of 16)
Harley Howard

Paul wanted his readers at Philippi to know that he’s
not complaining by any means, and in fact, is as
joyful as he has ever been. Why? He tells us in the
following verses.

13 So that my bonds in Christ are manifest in all the
palace, and in all other [places];

Paul said, my imprisonment for the cause of Christ has
become well known throughout the whole Praetorian
Guard and to everyone else. The Roman soldiers were a
captive audience of Paul’s. Notice I did not say the
reverse. Usually a soldier was chained to the prisoner
and many soldiers were rotated in shifts. Paul had a
candidate to witness to every shift and Paul’s
reputation and brilliance of the truth was used of God
to witness to many people in high places. Paul had
access into the very palace of the emperor himself.
Notice clearly what Paul was imprisoned for, "my bonds
in Christ." His imprisonment was not only IN the
service of Christ, but BECAUSE of his service to
Christ. Instead of falling into self-pity and
depression, he took this opportunity to spread the
gospel. Throughout the palace of the emperor and to
all others, Paul’s testimony of the gospel was well
known. He saw this circumstance as clearly that which
was an opportunity for the furtherance of the gospel.

14 And many of the brethren in the Lord, waxing
confident by my bonds, are much more bold to speak the
word without fear.

Another reason why Paul was joyful in chains was
because of the effect that his imprisonment had on
other preachers. Paul was not under the circumstances
and evidently those who saw him while he was
imprisoned and the way that God used him while in
Rome, brought great encouragement to the hearts of
many brethren, who seeing Paul’s boldness took courage
and boldly preached the gospel of Christ without fear.
These men were daring to speak the word of God to a
greater de ...

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