Philippians 1:  12-30 

The Advance of the Gospel

Php 1:12  Now I want you to know, brothers and sisters, that what has happened to me has actually served to advance the gospel.

Php 1:13  As a result, it has become clear throughout the whole palace guard and to everyone else that I am in chains for Christ.

Php 1:14  And because of my chains, most of the brothers and sisters have become confident in the Lord and dare all the more to proclaim the gospel without fear.

Php 1:15  It is true that some preach Christ out of envy and rivalry, but others out of goodwill.

Php 1:16  The latter do so out of love, knowing that I am put here for the defense of the gospel.

Php 1:17  The former preach Christ out of selfish ambition, not sincerely, supposing that they can stir up trouble for me while I am in chains.

To Live Is Christ

Php 1:18  But what does it matter? The important thing is that in every way, whether from false motives or true, Christ is preached. And because of this I rejoice. Yes, and I will continue to rejoice,

Php 1:19  for I know that through your prayers and God's provision of the Spirit of Jesus Christ what has happened to me will turn out for my deliverance.

Php 1:20  I eagerly expect and hope that I will in no way be ashamed, but will have sufficient courage so that now as always Christ will be exalted in my body, whether by life or by death.

Php 1:21  For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain.

Php 1:22  If I am to go on living in the body, this will mean fruitful labor for me. Yet what shall I choose? I do not know!

Php 1:23  I am torn between the two: I desire to depart and be with Christ, which is better by far;

Php 1:24  but it is more necessary for you that I remain in the body.

Php 1:25  Convinced of this, I know that I will remain, and I will continue with all of you for your progress and joy in the faith,

Php 1:26  so that through my being with you again your boasting in Christ Jesus will abound on account of me.

Php 1:27  Whatever happens, conduct yourselves in a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ. Then, whether I come and see you or only hear about you in my absence, I will know that you stand firm in the one Spirit, striving together as one for the faith of the gospel

Php 1:28  without being frightened in any way by those who oppose you. This is a sign to them that they will be destroyed, but that you will be saved—and that by God.

Php 1:29  For it has been granted to you on behalf of Christ not only to believe in him, but also to suffer for him,

Php 1:30  since you are going through the same struggle you saw I had, and now hear that I still have.