Editor’s note: All of these letters were written while Paul was a prisoner in Rome. In the timeline they all fit under the heading “Paul the Prisoner.” I have separated them out for ease in finding them and for website reasons.
Paul will write several more letters at the end of his life while imprisoned in Rome a second time. These letters are dated in the early 60’s AD as opposed to 66-67 AD during his second Roman imprisonment that would lead to his death. The later letters will be covered under “Paul the Practitioner.”
These three letters (Ephesians, Colossians, & Philippians) demonstrate that the apostle never lost his love and fervor for the saints and the Church of Jesus Christ. Therefore, Paul the prisoner remained the encourager, comforter and strengthener of others in the midst of his own trials. He always practiced what he preached:
Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves have received from God (2 Corinthians 1:3-4).
The coming and going of friends kept him in touch with the progress of the church. He addressed new problems and took heart from their progress. Paul patiently waited for his appeal to Caesar to be heard.