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The first post in this devotional series covering the book of Philippians is Devoted to Philippians.
My circumstances have turned out for the greater progress of the gospel, so that my imprisonment in the cause of Christ has become well known throughout the whole praetorian guard and to everyone else. (Philippians 1:12-13)
Paul is in prison writing the book of Philippians (and several others). But, he wants them to know that his imprisonment is advancing the gospel.
The praetorian guard were a special elite force who guarded the emperor’s palace and did other tasks. Notably, they guarded prisoners who were awaiting a hearing before the emperor, something all Roman citizens were entitled to demand when they felt they had been unjustly accused or convicted.
Paul had invoked this right in Acts 25:11 because he felt the deck was stacked against him in his trial.
At the time of the trial, Paul probably had no idea that the church in Rome would begin as a result of his own imprisonment.
God truly does work in mysterious ways. No wonder Paul could still praise God, even in prison.
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