Only conduct your lives in a way worthy of the Good News of the Messiah; so that whether I come and see you or I hear about you from a distance, you stand firm, united in spirit, fighting with one accord for the faith of the Good News,
not frightened by anything the opposition does. This will be for them an indication that they are headed for destruction and you for deliverance. And this is from God;
because for the Messiah's sake it has been granted to you not only to trust in him but also to suffer on his behalf,
to fight the same battles you once saw me fight and now hear that I am still fighting.