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1 Paul and Timothy, both of us committed servants of Christ Jesus, write this letter to all the Christians in Philippi, pastors and ministers included. 1 Paul and Timothy, servants of Christ Jesus, To all the saints in Christ Jesus at Philippi, together with the overseers and deacons:
2 We greet you with the grace and peace that comes from God our Father and our Master, Jesus Christ. 2 Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
3 Every time you cross my mind, I break out in exclamations of thanks to God. 3 I thank my God every time I remember you.
4 Each exclamation is a trigger to prayer. I find myself praying for you with a glad heart. 4 In all my prayers for all of you, I always pray with joy
5 I am so pleased that you have continued on in this with us, believing and proclaiming God's Message, from the day you heard it right up to the present. 5 because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now,
6 There has never been the slightest doubt in my mind that the God who started this great work in you would keep at it and bring it to a flourishing finish on the very day Christ Jesus appears. 6 being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.
7 It's not at all fanciful for me to think this way about you. My prayers and hopes have deep roots in reality. You have, after all, stuck with me all the way from the time I was thrown in jail, put on trial, and came out of it in one piece. All along you have experienced with me the most generous help from God. 7 It is right for me to feel this way about all of you, since I have you in my heart; for whether I am in chains or defending and confirming the gospel, all of you share in God's grace with me.
8 He knows how much I love and miss you these days. Sometimes I think I feel as strongly about you as Christ does! 8 God can testify how I long for all of you with the affection of Christ Jesus.
9 So this is my prayer: that your love will flourish and that you will not only love much but well. Learn to love appropriately. You need to use your head and test your feelings 9 And this is my prayer: that your love may abound more and more in knowledge and depth of insight,
10 so that your love is sincere and intelligent, not sentimental gush. Live a lover's life, circumspect and exemplary, a life Jesus will be proud of: 10 so that you may be able to discern what is best and may be pure and blameless until the day of Christ,
11 bountiful in fruits from the soul, making Jesus Christ attractive to all, getting everyone involved in the glory and praise of God. 11 filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ--to the glory and praise of God.
12 I want to report to you, friends, that my imprisonment here has had the opposite of its intended effect. Instead of being squelched, the Message has actually prospered. 12 Now I want you to know, brothers, that what has happened to me has really served to advance the gospel.
13 All the soldiers here, and everyone else too, found out that I'm in jail because of this Messiah. That piqued their curiosity, and now they've learned all about him. 13 As a result, it has become clear throughout the whole palace guard and to everyone else that I am in chains for Christ.
14 Not only that, but most of the Christians here have become far more sure of themselves in the faith than ever, speaking out fearlessly about God, about the Messiah. 14 Because of my chains, most of the brothers in the Lord have been encouraged to speak the word of God more courageously and fearlessly.
15 It's true that some here preach Christ because with me out of the way, they think they'll step right into the spotlight. But the others do it with the best heart in the world. 15 It is true that some preach Christ out of envy and rivalry, but others out of goodwill.
16 One group is motivated by pure love, knowing that I am here defending the Message, wanting to help. 16 The latter do so in love, knowing that I am put here for the defense of the gospel.
17 The others, now that I'm out of the picture, are merely greedy, hoping to get something out of it for themselves. Their motives are bad. They see me as their competition, and so the worse it goes for me, the better - they think - for them. 17 The former preach Christ out of selfish ambition, not sincerely, supposing that they can stir up trouble for me while I am in chains.
18 So how am I to respond? I've decided that I really don't care about their motives, whether mixed, bad, or indifferent. Every time one of them opens his mouth, Christ is proclaimed, so I just cheer them on! 18 But what does it matter? The important thing is that in every way, whether from false motives or true, Christ is preached. And because of this I rejoice. Yes, and I will continue to rejoice,
19 because I know how it's going to turn out. Through your faithful prayers and the generous response of the Spirit of Jesus Christ, everything he wants to do in and through me will be done. 19 for I know that through your prayers and the help given by the Spirit of Jesus Christ, what has happened to me will turn out for my deliverance.
20 I can hardly wait to continue on my course. I don't expect to be embarrassed in the least. On the contrary, everything happening to me in this jail only serves to make Christ more accurately known, regardless of whether I live or die. They didn't shut me up; they gave me a pulpit! 20 I eagerly expect and hope that I will in no way be ashamed, but will have sufficient courage so that now as always Christ will be exalted in my body, whether by life or by death.
21 Alive, I'm Christ's messenger; dead, I'm his bounty. Life versus even more life! I can't lose. 21 For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain.
22 As long as I'm alive in this body, there is good work for me to do. If I had to choose right now, I hardly know which I'd choose. 22 If I am to go on living in the body, this will mean fruitful labor for me. Yet what shall I choose? I do not know!
23 Hard choice! The desire to break camp here and be with Christ is powerful. Some days I can think of nothing better 23 I am torn between the two: I desire to depart and be with Christ, which is better by far;
24 . But most days, because of what you are going through, I am sure that it's better for me to stick it out here. 24 but it is more necessary for you that I remain in the body.
25 So I plan to be around awhile, companion to you as your growth and joy in this life of trusting God continues. 25 Convinced of this, I know that I will remain, and I will continue with all of you for your progress and joy in the faith,
26 You can start looking forward to a great reunion when I come visit you again. We'll be praising Christ, enjoying each other. 26 so that through my being with you again your joy in Christ Jesus will overflow on account of me.
27 Meanwhile, live in such a way that you are a credit to the Message of Christ. Let nothing in your conduct hang on whether I come or not. Your conduct must be the same whether I show up to see things for myself or hear of it from a distance. Stand united, singular in vision, contending for people's trust in the Message, the good news, 27 Whatever happens, conduct yourselves in a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ. Then, whether I come and see you or only hear about you in my absence, I will know that you stand firm in one spirit, contending as one man for the faith of the gospel
28 not flinching or dodging in the slightest before the opposition. Your courage and unity will show them what they're up against: defeat for them, victory for you - and both because of God. 28 without being frightened in any way by those who oppose you. This is a sign to them that they will be destroyed, but that you will be saved--and that by God.
29 There's far more to this life than trusting in Christ. There's also suffering for him. And the suffering is as much a gift as the trusting. 29 For it has been granted to you on behalf of Christ not only to believe on him, but also to suffer for him,
30 You're involved in the same kind of struggle you saw me go through, on which you are now getting an updated report in this letter. 30 since you are going through the same struggle you saw I had, and now hear that I still have.