|Philippians 1 |
1 Paul and Timothy, the servants of Jesus Christ, to all the saints in Christ Jesus who are at Philippi, together with the bishops and deacons:
2 Grace be to you and peace from God our Father and from the Lord Jesus Christ.
3 I thank my God in every remembrance of you,
4 In every prayer of mine for you, always making requests with joy,
5 For your fellowship in the gospel from the first day until now;
6 Being confident of this very thing, that he who has begun a good work in you will continue it until the day of Jesus Christ.1
7 It is right for me to think this of you, because I have you in my heart; since both in my imprisonment and out in the defense and confirmation of the gospel, you are all partakers of my grace.
8 For God is my witness, how greatly I long for you in the affection of Jesus Christ.
9 And this I pray, that your love may abound more and more in knowledge and in all judgment [discernment];
10 So that you may discern the things that are excellent; that you may be pure and without offence until the day of Christ,
11 Being filled with the fruits of righteousness, which are through Jesus Christ, to the glory and praise of God.
12 But I want you to understand, brothers, that the things that have happened to me have served to advance the gospel;
13 So that it is evident to the palace guard and all others, that my imprisonment is for Christ.
14 And many of the brothers in the Lord, being confident because of my chains, are much more bold to speak the word without fear.
15 Some indeed do preach Christ out of envy and rivalry; but others out of goodwill.
16 The former preach Christ from contention, not sincerely, supposing they can add distress to my bonds;
17 But the other from love, knowing that I am appointed for the defense of the gospel.
18 What then? Only that in every way, whether in pretense or in truth, Christ is preached; and I rejoice in it, yes, and will continue to rejoice,2
19 For I know that through your prayers and the supply of the Spirit of Jesus Christ, this will turn out for my deliverance,
20 That according to my earnest expectation and my hope, I will not be ashamed in anything, but that with all boldness, as always, Christ will be magnified in my body, whether it be by life or by death.
21 For to me, to live is Christ, and to die is gain.
22 If I live in the flesh, this will mean fruitful labor for me; so I cannot say what I would choose.
23 For I am torn between the two: I have a desire to depart and be with Christ; which is far better;
24 Nevertheless to remain in the flesh is more necessary for you.
25 Being convinced of this, I know that I will remain and continue with you for the promotion and joy of your faith;
26 So that in me your rejoicing may have abundant cause to overflow in Jesus Christ, through my coming to you again.
27 Only let your conduct be as becomes the gospel of Christ; that whether I come and see you, or am absent, I may hear that you stand fast in one spirit, with one mind striving together for the faith of the gospel.
28 And do not be terrified by your adversaries in anything; for this is an evident sign to them of their of destruction, but to you a sign of salvation, and that from God.
29 For it is given to you on behalf of Christ, not only to believe in him, but also to suffer for his sake;
30 Being engaged in the same conflict that you saw me have, and now hear is mine still.
1 Paul is telling them that the day of Jesus Christ will complete the work (of perfection and purity in them). When he is revealed, we will be like him, for we will see him as he is. Everyone who has this hope in him purifies himself, just as he is pure. 1 John 3:2-3. That we may present every man perfect in Christ Jesus. Col 1:28.
2 Paul changed his mind about these false preachers and teachers: if any man preaches any other gospel to you than that you have received, let him be accursed, Gal 1:9; and For there are many unruly and vain talkers and deceivers, especially those of the circumcision: Whose mouths must be stopped, who subvert whole houses, teaching things which they ought not, for filthy lucre's sake; Titus 1:10-11. To preach a false salvation or false gospel, immeasurably damages the work of Christ. Notice the false preachers and teachers worked for money, (filthy lucre). Any preacher or teacher who asks for money or a contribution or tithes is a false prophet, going against the commands of Jesus and Peter.