Bible: Philippians 1:12-26

Ministry as a Prisoner

1:12 I want you to know, brothers and sisters, 1  that my situation has actually turned out to advance the gospel: 2  1:13 The 3  whole imperial guard 4  and everyone else knows 5  that I am in prison 6  for the sake of Christ, 1:14 and most of the brothers and sisters, 7  having confidence in the Lord 8  because of my imprisonment, now more than ever 9  dare to speak the word 10  fearlessly.

1:15 Some, to be sure, are preaching Christ from envy and rivalry, but others from goodwill. 1:16 The latter do so from love because they know that I am placed here for the defense of the gospel. 1:17 The former proclaim Christ from selfish ambition, not sincerely, because they think they can cause trouble for me in my imprisonment. 11  1:18 What is the result? Only that in every way, whether in pretense or in truth, Christ is being proclaimed, and in this I rejoice.

Yes, 12  and I will continue to rejoice, 1:19 for I know that this will turn out for my deliverance 13  through your prayers and the help of the Spirit of Jesus Christ. 1:20 My confident hope 14  is that I will in no way be ashamed 15  but that with complete boldness, even now as always, Christ will be exalted in my body, whether I live or die. 16  1:21 For to me, living is Christ and dying is gain. 1:22 Now if I am to go on living in the body, 17  this will mean productive work 18  for me, yet I don’t know which I prefer: 19  1:23 I feel torn between the two, 20  because I have a desire to depart and be with Christ, which is better by far, 1:24 but it is more vital for your sake that I remain 21  in the body. 22  1:25 And since I am sure of this, I know that I will remain and continue with all of you for the sake of your progress 23  and joy in the faith, 24  1:26 so that what you can be proud of may increase 25  because of me in Christ Jesus, when I come back to you. 26 

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