Prison Grace

19 Aug

This is Part II of my three-part series on facing breast cancer four years ago. It first appeared in our church’s blog on 05 JAN.

Tabernacle for Today

“Even as it is meet for me to think this of you all, because I have you in my heart; inasmuch as both in my bonds, and in the defense and confirmation of the gospel, ye all are partakers of my grace.”  (Philippians 1:7)

Did Paul really just say that?  That the Philippians were partakers of two types of grace in his life, one of them having to do with his bonds?  Philippians is one of Paul’s prison epistles—he wrote it while imprisoned.  I have been to one of Paul’s prison stops, the dungeon in Rome where both he and Peter were purportedly held, at two different times, of course, until their executions.  If not the exact dungeon, the features of this former prison, the Mamertine, are similar enough that scholars from all denominations, Baptist to Catholic, hold that it is the place where Paul ended his days.

Paul used…

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