But I would you should understand, brothers…
Moral influence springing from and devoted to Christ resists all mere physical and local restrictions. Paul's moral influence exerted a mighty power.
I. UNDER THE MOST DISADVANTAGEOUS CIRCUMSTANCES — in bonds.
II. WITH A VERY LIMITED OPPORTUNITY — one soldier daily.
III. UPON A CLASS OF MIND AND HEART NOT EASILY IMPRESSED, viz., the guard which had charge of him, a prisoner.
IV. THROUGHOUT THE CITY — notwithstanding the restraints of "his own hired house."
V. REACHING THE FURTHER FIELD, by first fully cultivating the one at hand.
(G. G. Ballard.)
Parallel VersesKJV: But I would ye should understand, brethren, that the things which happened unto me have fallen out rather unto the furtherance of the gospel;