always when offering any prayer on behalf of you all, finding a joy in offering it.
I thank my God, I say, for your cooperation in spreading the Good News, from the time it first came to you even until now.
For of this I am confident, that He who has begun a good work within you will go on to perfect it in preparation for the day of Jesus Christ.
And I am justified in having this confidence about you all, because, both during my imprisonment and when I stand up in defence of the Good News or to confirm its truth, I have you in my heart, sharers as you all are in the same grace as myself.
For God is my witness how I yearn over all of you with tender Christian affection.
And it is my prayer that your love may be more and more accompanied by clear knowledge and keen perception, for testing things that differ,
so that you may be men of transparent character, and may be blameless, in preparation for the day of Christ,
being filled with these fruits of righteousness which come through Jesus Christ-- to the glory and praise of God.
Now I would have you know, brethren, that what I have gone through has turned out to the furtherance of the Good News rather than otherwise.
And thus it has become notorious among all the Imperial Guards, and everywhere, that it is for the sake of Christ that I am a prisoner;
and the greater part of the brethren, made confident in the Lord through my imprisonment, now speak of God's Message without fear, more boldly than ever.