30” He lived there two whole years at his own expense, and welcomed all who came to him, 31 proclaiming the kingdom of God and teaching about the Lord Jesus Christ with all boldness and without hindrance.” (Acts 28:30–31 (ESV)
Luke recorded that the Apostle Paul spent the next two years under house arrest, at his own expense. The wheels of justice apparently did not spin any faster than they did in Caesarea (Acts 24:24-27). As we will see, Paul’s letter to the Philippian church was, in part, a thank you for sending financial resources to meet his expenses (Philippians 2:25-30).
Paul welcomed all who came to visit him. The apostle proved faithful to God and to His call by proclaiming the kingdom of God and teaching about the Lord Jesus Christ. He did with courage and without restriction. Paul’s desire to preach the Gospel in Rome came true (Romans 1:8-15).
Dr. R. C. Sproul writes, “From A.D. 60-62, Paul was under house arrest preaching and teaching to anyone who wanted to hear. His subject is summarized as the kingdom of God and Jesus Christ. At the end of Acts, Paul had not yet been tried before Nero, as the Lord said was going to happen (Acts 27:24). It appears that Paul expected to be acquitted and released (Philippians 1:25; 2:24; Philemon 22). This must have occurred before A.D. 64 when Nero set fire to Rome and accused Christians of that crime.”
During this two-year period Paul wrote what are commonly called his “Prison Epistles”—Ephesians, Colossians, Philemon, and Philippians. It is to these four prison epistles that we will survey and give our attention.
No matter where Paul was, or what his living conditions were, he preached and lived out the Gospel. May this be said of each of us.
Soli deo Gloria!