because of your partnership1 in the gospel from the first day2 until now,
being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion3 until the day of Christ Jesus.47
It is right5 for me to feel this way about all of you, since I have you in my heart;6 for whether I am in chains7 or defending8 and confirming the gospel, all of you share in God's grace with me.
God can testify9 how I long for all of you with the affection of Christ Jesus.
And this is my prayer: that your love10 may abound more and more in knowledge and depth of insight,1110
so that you may be able to discern what is best and may be pure and blameless until the day of Christ,1211
filled with the fruit of righteousness13 that comes through Jesus Christ--to the glory and praise of God.
Now I want you to know, brothers, that what has happened to me has really served to advance the gospel.
As a result, it has become clear throughout the whole palace guarda and to everyone else that I am in chains14 for Christ.
Because of my chains,15 most of the brothers in the Lord have been encouraged to speak the word of God more courageously and fearlessly.1615
It is true that some preach Christ out of envy and rivalry, but others out of goodwill.