"Paul, a prisoner of Christ Jesus . . ." (Philemon 1).
To be locked up in jail, away from normal pursuits and relationships, might easily elicit a morose and bitter reaction. Paul, however, saw his internment differently. For him it was loaded with purpose. It was part and parcel of his apostleship. Those who become disciples of Jesus are incorporated into his grand gospel project. They may endure opposition and discomfort, but they cannot be excised from the glorious destiny of their Lord.