Living in Christ

Rowan Hilsden | Jul 26, 2020

Scripture: Philippians 1:12-26

Advance of the Gospel

12 Now I want you to know, brothers and sisters, that what has happened to me has actually advanced the gospel,(A) 13 so that it has become known throughout the whole imperial guard, and to everyone else, that my imprisonment is because I am in Christ. 14 Most of the brothers have gained confidence in the Lord from my imprisonment and dare even more to speak the word[a](B) fearlessly. 15 To be sure, some preach Christ out of envy and rivalry,(C) but others out of good will. 16 These preach out of love,(D) knowing that I am appointed for the defense of the gospel; 17 the others proclaim Christ out of selfish ambition,(E) not sincerely, thinking that they will cause me trouble in my imprisonment. 18 What does it matter? Only that in every way, whether from false motives(F) or true, Christ is proclaimed, and in this I rejoice. Yes, and I will continue to rejoice 19 because I know this will lead to my salvation[b](G) through your prayers and help from the Spirit(H) of Jesus Christ.(I) 20 My eager expectation and hope(J) is that I will not be ashamed about anything, but that now as always, with all courage, Christ will be highly honored in my body, whether by life(K) or by death.(L)

Living Is Christ

21 For me, to live is Christ(M) and to die is gain.(N) 22 Now if I live on in the flesh, this means fruitful(O) work(P) for me; and I don’t know which one I should choose. 23 I am torn between the two. I long to depart and be with Christ(Q)—which is far better(R) 24 but to remain in the flesh is more necessary for your sake. 25 Since I am persuaded of this, I know that I will remain and continue with all of you for your progress and joy in the faith,(S) 26 so that, because of my coming to you again, your boasting(T) in Christ Jesus(U) may abound.

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  1. 1:14 Other mss add of God
  2. 1:19 Or vindication

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