The Positive Imprisoned Paul

Paul had been imprisoned many times since he became a Christian. While writing the book of Philippians, Paul was chained to Roman praetorian guards on either side. I remember Guy N. Woods saying they were Paul’s “captive audience.” He was bound, but the gospel was not (2 Timothy 2:9).

Paul told his brothers and sisters in Philippi that he wanted them to know that his circumstances “have turned out for the greater progress of the gospel,” (Philippians 1:12 NASB). He said that through his imprisonment the cause of Christ had become known “throughout the whole praetorian guard and to everyone else,” (Philippians 1:13).

Later in the same chapter, Paul continued his positive outlook as he wrote that his current imprisonment in Rome “will turn out for my deliverance through your prayers and the provision of the Spirit of Jesus Christ,” (Philippians 1:19 NASB).

As far as Paul was concerned, he could see everything in the past turned out for the best, and he can just as easily be convinced that everything in the future would also “turn out” for the best, even if death was the result (Philippians 1:21).

If that is true, and it is, then why do we worry so much? Well, the truth is, we shouldn’t, should we?