We, Paul and Timothy, are writing this letter. We serve Christ Jesus. We are sending this letter to you, all of God's people in Philippi. You belong to Christ Jesus. We are also sending this letter to your leaders and deacons.
May God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ give you grace and peace.
I thank my God every time I remember you.
References for Philippians 1:3
In all my prayers for all of you, I always pray with joy.
I am happy because you have joined me in spreading the good news. You have done so from the first day until now.
I am sure that the One who began a good work in you will carry it on until it is completed. That will be on the day Christ Jesus returns.
It is right for me to feel this way about all of you. I love you with all my heart. I may be held by chains, or I may be standing up for the truth of the good news. Either way, all of you share in God's grace together with me.
God can give witness that I long for all of you. I love you with the love that Christ Jesus gives.