Philippians

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Philippians 1 1 Paul and Timothy, bondmen of Jesus Christ, to all the saints in Christ Jesus who are at Philippi, together with those who protect and those who serve. 2 Grace to you, and peace, from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

3 I thank my God whenever you come to mind, 4 always praying with joy in my every prayer for all of you, 5 for your participation in the gospel from your first day until now; 6 being assured of this, that he who began a good work in you, will bring it to perfection by the day of Jesus Christ. 7 So it’s right for me to feel this way towards you all as you hold me in your hearts, both in my shackles and in the defence and confirmation of the gospel; so you are all partners with me in grace.

8 For God is my witness how I long for you all in the tender love of Jesus Christ, 9 so I pray that your love may overflow more and more in knowledge and full discernment, 10 to test and distinguish what is of value, that you may be pure, genuine and without offence, until the day of Christ, 11 having been filled with the fruit of righteousness through Jesus Christ to the glory and praise of God.

12 But I want you to realise, brethren, that my situation has actually served to further the gospel, 13 as it has become plain throughout the palace guard, and to everyone else, that my captivity was ordained for the cause of Christ, 14 and, because of my bonds, most of the brethren have greater confidence in the Lord, being encouraged to speak the message without fear.

15 True, some proclaim Christ out of envy and rivalry, but others from good will. 16 The ones who preach Christ out of rivalry are not sincere, thinking they are adding distress to my captivity, 17 but those who preach out of love have understood that I am here in defence of the gospel.

18 What of it? Just that in one way or another, whether from false motives or true, Christ is being proclaimed, and so I rejoice, yes and I’ll keep on rejoicing, 19 as I know that this happening to me will lead to salvation, through your prayers and the provision of the Spirit of Jesus Christ.

20 It is my earnest and confident anticipation, that I will in no way be ashamed, but will have courage so that now as always, Christ will be honoured in my body, whether by life or death. 21 For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain. 22 If I live in the flesh it will mean fruitful work, but which I would choose I can’t say, 23 as I am torn between the two: having the desire to depart and be with Christ, which is far better, 24 but to remain in the flesh would be indispensable for you. 25 Being convinced of this, I know that I will remain, and stay with you all for your progress and joy in the faith, 26 that in me you may have much cause to rejoice in Christ Jesus through my being with you again.

27 The main thing is that your conduct be worthy of the gospel of Christ, so that, whether I come to see you or hear about you while absent, I may know that you are standing firm in one Spirit, engaged together in one mind for the faith of the gospel 28 and not intimidated by your opponents in anything, which is sure evidence to them of their destruction, but to you of your salvation. And it is from God 29 that this grace is granted to you, not only to believe but also to suffer for the sake of Christ, 30 as you experience the same struggle you saw in me and now hear I still have.

Philippians 2 1 If there is any encouragement in Christ, if any comfort in his love, if any communion in the Spirit, if any tender mercy and empathy, 2 then complete my joy by having the same attitude: the same love, the same heart, the same mind. 3 Do nothing in conflict or vanity, but humbly count each other as better than yourselves, 4 not looking out for yourselves, but for each other.

5 Let this be your attitude, which was in Christ Jesus too 6 who, though he existed in God’s own form, judged that equality with God was not to be seized, 7 but instead emptied himself, taking the role of a slave made in human form, 8 being found fashioned as a man. He humbled himself, becoming obedient to death, even the death of the cross. 9 For this reason God also highly exalted him, granting him the name which is above every name, 10 that, at the name of Jesus every knee should bow: in heaven, on earth, and beneath the earth, 11 and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

12 So then my dear ones, just as you have always obeyed, not only in my presence but now much more in my absence, work to fulfill your own salvation with fear and trembling, 13 as it is God who is energising you to be willing and working for the sake of joy. 14 Do everything without grumbling and arguing, 15 so that you may become faultless and innocent, spotless children of God in the midst of a crooked and perverted generation among whom you shine as lights in the world, 16 holding out the word of life; and I may rejoice in the day of Christ that I neither ran nor laboured in vain, 17 and even if I am being poured out as a drink offering on the sacrifice and service of your faith, I am glad and rejoice with you all, 18 so you too, be glad and rejoice with me.

19 I am hoping in the Lord Jesus to send Timothy to you soon that I may also be encouraged knowing all that affects you, 20 for I have no one else who feels like me and will be genuinely concerned for you: 21 they all look out for their own concerns not those of Christ Jesus, 22 but, as you know, Timothy is fully proven in that, as a son with his father he has served with me in the gospel. 23 Indeed, I hope to send him as soon as I’ve looked at my situation, 24 but I am confident in the Lord that shortly I will come too.

25 Yet I have decided it is necessary to return to you Epaphroditus my brother, co-labourer and fellow soldier, whom you sent to me, and who has been indispensable in assisting me, 26 because he longs for you all and has been troubled since you heard that he had been sick. 27 He was sick too, and nearly died, but God had mercy on him; and not only on him but on me as well so I should not have sorrow on sorrow, 28 so I’m sending him without delay, that when you see him again you may be cheered and I may be less concerned. 29 Welcome him joyfully then in the Lord, and hold such men in honour, 30 as he came close to death in the service of Christ, recklessly risking his life to make up for the service you couldn’t provide me.

Philippians 3 1 Ultimately brethren, rejoice in the Lord. To write this to you again is truly no trouble for me but a safeguard for you. 2 Stay alert to the dogs of impurity, those who do evil, and those who preach mutilation, 3 for we are the circumcision: those who worship God in spirit and rejoice in Christ Jesus, placing no trust in the flesh, 4 though I could have confidence in the flesh.

If anyone thinks he has grounds to put his trust in the flesh, I have rather more: 5 circumcised on the eighth day, of the people of Israel, of the tribe of Benjamin, a Hebrew of Hebrews; with respect to the law, a Pharisee; 6 as for zeal, persecuting the assemblies; as for law-based righteousness, blameless; 7 but those things that were my gains I now count as losses for Christ. 8 Indeed, I count everything as forfeit for the excellency of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord.

For him I have relinquished everything (and count it all as garbage) in order to gain Christ, 9 and be found in him, not getting my righteousness from the law but by the faith of Christ—God’s righteousness by that faith— 10 that I may know him and the power of the resurrection, to share in his sufferings and thus become conformed to his death, 11 that I might somehow attain to the resurrection of the dead. 12 Not that I have fully attained all this or been perfected already; still I eagerly pursue it that I may also grasp that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me. 13 Brethren, I don’t count myself as having grasped it yet but one thing I do, ignoring all behind and straining towards all that lies ahead, 14 I pursue the goal—the prize of God’s high calling in Christ Jesus.

15 All who are perfect will have this attitude, and if you disagree in anything, God will reveal that to you as well. 16 So, let us live up to all that we’ve attained, and maintain that attitude. 17 Brethren, come together in following my example, and consider those who also live like us, 18 for, as I have often told you, and now tell you with tears, many are living as enemies of the cross of Christ 19 whose end is destruction: their god is their appetite, their kudos is in their shame, their minds set on earthly things. 20 But our citizenship is in heaven, from where we expect our Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ, 21 who will transform our bodies of contempt so they replicate his body of glory, by the operation of his power to subject all to himself.

Philippians 4 1 So then, dearly loved brethren for whom I long, my joy and wreath, this is how to stand firm in the Lord my friends. 2 I urge Euodia and Syntyche to agree with each other in the Lord; 3 and I call on you, true comrade, to assist these women who who have struggled for the gospel at my side, also Clement and all my co-labourers, whose names are in the book of life.

4 Rejoice in the Lord always! Again I say: rejoice! 5 Let your graciousness be seen by all. The Lord is at hand 6 so don’t be concerned about anything: just pray about everything. Through prayers and thanksgiving let God know your needs, 7 and the peace of God, which is superior to all reasoning, will guard your hearts and your thoughts in Christ Jesus.

8 Finally brethren, if anyone is honest, if anyone is honourable, if anyone is virtuous, if anyone is holy, if anyone is loving, if anyone is reputable—if anyone has virtues or any commendable attribute—think about them. 9 Practice also all that you heard, accepted and learned from me, and all that you have seen in me, and the God of peace will be with you.

10 So I greatly rejoice in the Lord that you have just renewed your concern for me—the concern you’ve not had opportunity to show. 11 I’m not saying that I am in need, as I have learned always to be content as I am: 12 I know how to be destitute and I know how to be wealthy. I have been taught how to be content in all circumstances, well fed or hungry, in plenty or in want… 13 for all these I am strong in Christ who empowers me.

14 Nevertheless you have done excellently in sharing the burden of my afflictions, 15 and you Philippians know that in the early days of the gospel, when I left Macedonia, none of the other assemblies partnered with me in giving and receiving, except for you, 16 and that in Thessalonica more than once you supplied my needs. 17 Not that I am looking for a gift, but I am looking for fruit which will add to your account, 18 for I have plenty, having received in full everything you sent by Epaphroditus. They are a fragrant aroma, an acceptable sacrifice and pleasing to God, 19 and my God will meet your every need according to his glorious riches in Christ Jesus, 20 so to our God and Father be eternal glory, amen.

21 Greet all the saints in Christ Jesus. Those with me greet you 22 as do all the brethren, particularly the saints in Cæsar’s household. 23 The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen.