The Apostle Paul traveled all over the Mediterranean world pointing Jew and Gentile, slave and free, to worship Jesus as Messiah, and he did it no matter what consequences he might face from Rome or Jerusalem. His epistle to the church at Philippi gives a brief look into some of those consequences that he suffered, but also reveals the example of how to live regardless of the consequences of our faith. Even from the vulnerability of imprisonment, he continues to press his gospel vision even to his captors. He would welcome death if it would not interfere with his work to their benefit. It is not hard to see why he would use language that encourages the Christian no matter the circumstances . . .