Paul and Timothy, bondservants of Jesus Christ,
To all the saints in Christ Jesus who are in Philippi, with the bishops and a deacons:
Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
b I thank my God upon every remembrance of you,
always in c every prayer of mine making request for you all with joy,
d for your fellowship in the gospel from the first day until now,
being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun e a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ;
just as it is right for me to think this of you all, because I have you in my heart, inasmuch as both in my chains and in the defense and confirmation of the gospel, you all are partakers with me of grace.
For God is my witness, how greatly I long for you all with the affection of Jesus Christ.
And this I pray, that your love may abound still more and more in knowledge and all discernment,
that you may approve the things that are excellent, that you may be sincere and without offense till the day of Christ,
being filled with the fruits of righteousness f which are by Jesus Christ, g to the glory and praise of God.
But I want you to know, brethren, that the things which happened to me have actually turned out for the furtherance of the gospel,
so that it has become evident h to the whole palace guard, and to all the rest, that my chains are in Christ;
and most of the brethren in the Lord, having become confident by my chains, are much more bold to speak the word without fear.
Some indeed preach Christ even from envy and strife, and some also from goodwill:
The former preach Christ from selfish ambition, not sincerely, supposing to add affliction to my chains;
but the latter out of love, knowing that I am appointed for the defense of the gospel.
What then? Only that in every way, whether in pretense or in truth, Christ is preached; and in this I rejoice, yes, and will rejoice.
For I know that i this will turn out for my deliverance through your prayer and the supply of the Spirit of Jesus Christ,
according to my earnest expectation and hope that in nothing I shall be ashamed, but j with all boldness, as always, so now also Christ will be magnified in my body, whether by life k or by death.
For to me, to live is Christ, and to die is gain.
But if I live on in the flesh, this will mean fruit from my labor; yet what I shall choose I cannot tell.
For I am hard-pressed between the two, having a l desire to depart and be with Christ, which is m far better.
Nevertheless to remain in the flesh is more needful for you.
And being confident of this, I know that I shall remain and continue with you all for your progress and joy of faith,
that n your rejoicing for me may be more abundant in Jesus Christ by my coming to you again.
Only o let your conduct be worthy of the gospel of Christ, so that whether I come and see you or am absent, I may hear of your affairs, that you stand fast in one spirit, p with one mind striving together for the faith of the gospel,
and not in any way terrified by your adversaries, which is to them a proof of perdition, but to you of salvation, and that from God.
For to you r it has been granted on behalf of Christ, s not only to believe in Him, but also to t suffer for His sake,
u having the same conflict v which you saw in me and now hear is in me.
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1 Timothy 3:8 - 13
Likewise deacons must be reverent, not double-tongued, not given to much wine, not greedy for money.
1 Corinthians 1:4
I thank my God always concerning you for the grace of God which was given to you by Christ Jesus.
Do not cease to give thanks for you, making mention of you in my prayers:
1 Thessalonians 1:2
We give thanks to God always for you all, making mention of you in our prayers.
Distributing to the needs of the saints, given to hospitality.
Jesus answered and said to them, "This is the work of God, that you believe in Him whom He sent.
For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.
Which has come to you, as it has also in all the world, and is bringing forth fruit, as it is also among you since the day you heard and knew the grace of God in truth.
By this My Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit; so you will be My disciples.
All the saints greet you, but especially those who are of Caesar's household.
He also shall be my salvation, For a hypocrite could not come before Him.
And for me, that utterance may be given to me, that I may open my mouth boldly to make known the mystery of the gospel.
For which I am an ambassador in chains; that in it I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak.
For if we live, we live to the Lord; and if we die, we die to the Lord. Therefore, whether we live or die, we are the Lord's.
2 Corinthians 5:2
For in this we groan, earnestly desiring to be clothed with our habitation which is from heaven.
2 Corinthians 5:8
We are confident, yes, well pleased rather to be absent from the body and to be present with the Lord.
2 Timothy 4:6
For I am already being poured out as a drink offering, and the time of my departure is at hand.
You will show me the path of life; In Your presence is fullness of joy; At Your right hand are pleasures forevermore.
2 Corinthians 1:14
(as also you have understood us in part), that we are your boast as you also are ours, in the day of the Lord Jesus.
I, therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you to walk worthy of the calling with which you were called.
1 Thessalonians 2:12
That you would walk worthy of God who calls you into His own kingdom and glory.
1 Corinthians 1:10
Now I plead with you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that you all speak the same thing, and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be perfectly joined together in the same mind and in the same judgment.
Endeavoring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.
Blessed are you when they revile and persecute you, and say all kinds of evil against you falsely for My sake.
Rejoice and be exceedingly glad, for great is your reward in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you.
So they departed from the presence of the council, rejoicing that they were counted worthy to suffer shame for His name.
And not only that, but we also glory in tribulations, knowing that tribulation produces perseverance.
For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God.
2 Timothy 3:12
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Acts 16:19 - 40
But when her masters saw that their hope of profit was gone, they seized Paul and Silas and dragged them into the marketplace to the authorities.
So that it has become evident to the whole palace guard, and to all the rest, that my chains are in Christ.
1 Thessalonians 2:2
But even after we had suffered before and were spitefully treated at Philippi, as you know, we were bold in our God to speak to you the gospel of God in much conflict.