1:1Paul and Timothy, slaves of Anointed Jesus,
To all in Philippi set apart with the Anointed, together with the guardians and attendants:
1:2Favor and peace to you from God our Father and Master Jesus the Anointed!
1:3I thank my God every time I think of you,1:4always making requests for your sakes with great joy,1:5because of your partnership in the Gospel from the first day until now.1:6And I am confident that the One who initiated a good work in you will keep making installments on it to the very Day of Anointed Jesus.
1:7It is appropriate for me to have this attitude toward all of you, because you have all kept me in your hearts, whether I was in prison or defending and confirming the Gospel. You are all equal partners with me of this favor,1:8for God is my witness that I ache for you with the compassion of Anointed Jesus.1:9And I pray that your love will overflow more and more in understanding and perception1:10so that you can test various things, being sincere and inoffensive all the way up to the Day of the Anointed,1:11and being filled with righteousness by means of Jesus the Anointed— to the honor and praise of God!
1:12Now I want you to know, brothers and sisters, that what has happened to me has in fact served to advance the Gospel,1:13because it became obvious to the whole palace guard and everyone else that my imprisonment was only because of the Anointed.1:14Not only that, but now most of those who trust the Master, seeing my imprisonment, have become bold, daring to fearlessly spread the Word.1:15Of course, some proclaim the Anointed only to stir up trouble or try to make me envy them, but others do so out of love1:16because they know I’m here for defending the Gospel.1:17Some tell about the Anointed only because they think they can make things worse for me here in prison,1:18but so what? The most important thing is that no matter what the method or motivation, the Anointed is being proclaimed, and that’s a good thing.
And I continue to be happy1:19because I know that I will be rescued eventually, through your requests and the supply of the Spirit of Anointed Jesus.1:20It is my greatest hope that I will have nothing to be ashamed of but will go on boldly as always. And now the Anointed will be more greatly honored in my body, whether through life or death.1:21For while I am alive I have the Anointed, yet if I die I have even more,1:22but on the other hand if I am to go on living in the flesh I can still get work done. I don’t know which is better!1:23I am torn between the two: to break away and be together with the Anointed (which would definitely be better for me),1:24or to stay in the flesh (which is better for you).1:25Yet I am completely confident that I will stay and be with you all, for your progress and the joy of the faith,1:26so that your boasting about Anointed Jesus will overflow due to my coming to you again.
1:27The most important thing is that you are worthy citizens of the Gospel of the Anointed, so that whether I come to see you or not, I hear that you stand firm in one spirit and soul, contending side-by-side for the faith of the Gospel.1:28Don’t be spooked by those who oppose you, by which they prove their condemnation and your acquittal by God.1:29For you have been graciously given, for the Anointed’s sake, not only to put your trust in him but also to suffer for him,1:30having the same struggle you saw and heard that I have.