Withal (ama). At the same time. That God may open (ina o qeo anoixh). Common use of ina and the subjunctive (aorist), the sub-final use so common in the N.T. as in the Koin. A door for the word (quran tou logou). Objective genitive, a door for preaching. It is comforting to other preachers to see the greatest of all preachers here asking prayer that he may be set free again to preach. He uses this figure elsewhere, once of a great and open door with many adversaries in Ephesus ( 1 Corinthians 16:9 ), once of an open door that he could not enter in Troas ( 2 Corinthians 2:12 ). The mystery of Christ (to musthrion tou Cristou). The genitive of apposition, the mystery which is Christ ( 2 Corinthians 2:2 ), one that puts out of comparison the foolish "mysteries" of the Gnostics. For which I am also in bonds (di o kai dedemai). Perfect passive indicative of dew. Paul is always conscious of this limitation, this chain. At bottom he is a prisoner because of his preaching to the Gentiles.