Epistle of Paul the Apostle to the Philippians


Paul and Timothy, servants of Christ Jesus, to all the holy in Christ Jesus living in Philippi, with overlookers and ministers: Blessing and peace to you, from our Father, God, and Lord Jesus Christ.

I thank my God, whenever I remember you, continually in all my prayers with gladness making supplication for you all, since you were associated in the gospel, from the first day until now. Confident of this, that the originator of a good work in you will perfect it until the day of Christ Jesus. And it is right for me to think this of you all; for I had you in my heart in my imprisonment, and in the defense and confirmation of the gospel, all of you being my companions in the Divine commission. For my God is a witness, how I long for you all, with the affections of Jesus Christ. And I pray for this, so that your love may extend more and more in knowledge and all perception, to distinguish the differences, so that you may be clear and certain in the day of Christ, full of the fruit of righteousness through Jesus Christ for the honour and praise of God.

The Apostle triumphant in Persecution

But, friends, I wish you to know that my affair has turned out well, greatly to the promotion of the gospel; so that my imprisonment for Christ has been seen in the whole palace, and to all the others. And most of the brethren in the Lord, made confident by my chains, dare very boldly and fearlessly to publish the message of God. Some, however, through envy and strife, but some from conviction, preach Christ: these indeed from love, seeing that I suffer in defense of the gospel; while the others from intrigue, not honestly, proclaim Christ, thinking to add sorrow to my imprisonment. What then? except that in every way, whether by pretense or whether sincerely, Christ is proclaimed; and in that I delight, and shall continue to be glad. Because I know that this will result through your prayers in safety to me; and an additional supply of the Spirit of Jesus Christ: according to my strong conviction and hope that I shall never be disgraced; but, on the contrary, with perfectly free speech now, as then, Christ will be grandly displayed in my person, whether through life or through death. For to me, life is Christ--death a gain!

But if to live in the body--that produces labour for me--then I do not know what to ask. Now I am possessed by the two, having the desire to be freed and to be with Christ, by far the better; but to remain in the body is most essential for you. And relying upon this, I know that I shall remain and stay with you all for your improvement and benefit by the faith; so that your exultation in Christ Jesus by me may increase, through my presence again among you.

Only conduct yourselves in a way worthy of the gospel of Christ; so that whether coming and seeing you, or whether hearing about you in absence, you may stand in one spirit, one mind, contending for the Good News of the Faith; and never terrified by the enemy under any circumstances--which is to them a demonstration of destruction; but for you, of salvation, and that from God. Because He has shown favour to you, for the sake of Christ; not only to believe in Him, but also to suffer for Him, having the same struggle that you observed in me, and now hear regarding me.