Paul, a prisoner of Jesus Christ, Notice, he doesn’t say, “Paul, a prisoner of the Roman Government. He is a prisoner of Jesus Christ! It is his love for Jesus that has placed him in bond, his witness and testimony for Jesus. So he doesn’t consider himself a prisoner of Rome or the Roman government, but he is a prisoner of Jesus Christ.
It makes a big difference in how you look at it. You know, if you think, well, I’m a prisoner of the Roman government, then you can sit there and sulk in your cell. But if you are a prisoner of Jesus Christ, what can you do, but rejoice? I’m a prisoner of our Lord Jesus Christ. I’m bound by Him!
and Timothy our brother, So Paul includes Timothy, his young son in the faith, who at this moment was in Rome with Paul. Paul is writing from his prison in Rome. Timothy will later go to Ephesus and Paul will write his letter to Timothy in Ephesus. But at this time he is still there in Rome.