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Paul in Prison

Paul may have spent as much as 25% of his time as a missionary in prison. We know of his brief lock-up in Philippi, two years’ incarceration in Caesarea, and at least another two in Rome. Yet Paul says he experienced “far more imprisonments” than his opponents. To understand Paul, we need to understand where he spent so much time.

A Ship of Alexandria

And when it was determined that we should sail into Italy, they delivered Paul and certain other prisoners unto one named Julius, a centurion of Augustus’ band. (Acts 27:1)

Ambassador In A Chain

As our epistle purports to have been written during St. Paul’s imprisonment at Rome, which lies beyond the period to which the Acts of the Apostles brings up his history; and as we have seen and acknowledged that the epistle contains no reference to any transaction at Ephesus during the apostle’s residence in that city, we cannot expect that it should supply many marks of agreement with the narrative. One coincidence however occurs, and a coincidence of that minute and less obvious kind, which, as hath been repeatedly observed, is of all others the most to be relied upon.

Imprisoned on Behalf of the Gentiles

There is a circumstance of conformity between St. Paul’s history and his letters, especially those which were written during his first imprisonment at Rome, and more especially the epistles to the Colossians and Ephesians, which being too close to be accounted for from accident, yet too indirect and latent to be imputed to design, cannot easily be resolved into any other original than truth: which circumstance is this, that St. Paul in these epistles attributes his imprisonment, not to his preaching of Christianity, but to his asserting the right of the Gentiles to be admitted into it without conforming themselves to the Jewish law. This was the doctrine to which he considered himself as a martyr.

Three Journeys: Why The Complex Arrangement?

But I trust in the Lord Jesus to send Timotheus shortly unto you, that I also may be of good comfort, when I know your state... Him therefore I hope to send presently, so soon as I shall see how it will go with me. But I trust in the Lord that I also myself shall come shortly. Yet I supposed it necessary to send to you Epaphroditus, my brother, and companion in labour, and fellowsoldier, but your messenger, and he that ministered to my wants. (Philippians 2:9, 23-25)

Timothy Not Likeminded?

For I have no man likeminded, who will naturally care for your state. For all seek their own, not the things which are Jesus Christ’s. (Philippians 2:20)

Why Was Paul the Prisoner Treated With Such Liberality?

And he commanded the centurion to keep Paul, and to let him have liberty, and that he should forbid none of his acquaintance to minister or come unto him. (Acts 24:23)

The Epistles from Prison

After despatching the Epistle to the Romans, Paul made his way to Jerusalem, where he was attacked in the Temple area, dragged outside by a Jewish mob, and would have been killed if Roman troops had not rescued him. Had the Jews succeeded in their attempt, the Epistle to the Romans would have been his last. Fortunately he was spared to write a number of other letters, seven of which have been preserved.

Earthquake at Philippi

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Earthquake at Philippi

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Felix Left Paul in Prison

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Jesus Appears to Paul in Prison

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The Lord Speaks to Paul in Prison

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Notwithstanding the Lord Stood with Me

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Paul and Silas in Prison

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Paul and Silas in Prison

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Paul and Silas in stocks

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Paul and Silas In the Jail

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Paul and Silas in the Philippian Jail

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Paul and Silas Placed into the Prison

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Paul Questions the Centurion

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Paul Writes

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The Philippian Jailer

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The Philippian Jailer Attempts Suicide

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Prisoner of the Lord

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The Soldiers Stretched Paul for the Lashes

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What Must I Do to be Saved?

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