Paul, a prisoner of Jesus Christ, and Timothy our brother, to Philemon our dearly beloved, and fellow laborer,…
To me it seems a loftier thing that he should style himself "prisoner of Jesus Christ" than "apostle." The apostles gloried because they were counted worthy to suffer shame for the Name (Acts 5:41); but the authority of bonds is irresistible. He who is about to plead for Onesimus feels that he should plead in such a form that he could not be refused.
Parallel VersesKJV: Paul, a prisoner of Jesus Christ, and Timothy our brother, unto Philemon our dearly beloved, and fellowlabourer,