Chinese Contemporary Bible (Traditional)

腓立比書 1

1我保羅和提摩太是基督耶穌的奴僕,寫信給腓立比屬於基督耶穌的眾聖徒、諸位監督和執事。

願我們的父上帝和主耶穌基督賜給你們恩典和平安!

感恩和禱告

我每逢想起你們,就感謝我的上帝。 每次為你們眾人禱告的時候,我心裡都很喜樂。 因為你們從開始直到現在,一直和我同心合意地傳揚福音。 我深信,上帝既然在你們心裡開始了這美好的工作,祂必在耶穌基督再來的時候完成這工作。 我對你們眾人有這樣的感受是很自然的,因為我常把你們放在心上[a]。不論我是身在獄中,還是為福音辯護和作證的時候,你們都與我同蒙恩典。 上帝可以作證,我是怎樣以基督耶穌的慈愛之心想念你們。

我所祈求的就是:你們的愛心隨著屬靈知識的增加和辨別力的提高而日益增長, 10 使你們知道怎樣擇善而從,做誠實無過的人,一直到基督再來的日子, 11 並靠著耶穌基督結滿仁義的果子,使上帝得到榮耀與頌讚。

為基督而活

12 弟兄姊妹,我希望你們知道,我的遭遇反而會使福音傳得更廣, 13 連所有的皇家衛兵和其他眾人都知道我是為了基督的緣故而受囚禁。 14 大多數主內的弟兄姊妹看見我為主被囚,信心受到鼓舞,更加放膽無懼地傳揚上帝的道。 15 當然,有些人宣講基督是出於嫉妒和爭強好勝,也有些人是出於善意。 16 後者是出於愛心,知道我是上帝派來維護福音的。 17 前者傳講基督是出於個人野心,動機不純,以為可以增加我在獄中的痛苦。 18 那又怎樣呢?無論他們傳福音是真心還是假意,基督的福音畢竟傳開了,因此我很歡喜,而且歡喜不已。 19 因為我知道,藉著你們的禱告和耶穌基督之靈的幫助,我終會得到釋放。

20 我殷切地期待和盼望:我不會感到任何羞愧,而是放膽無懼,不管是生是死,都要一如既往地使基督在我身上得到尊崇。 21 因為對我來說,活著是為了基督,死了也有益處。 22 如果活在世上,我可以做工,多結果子。我真不知道該怎麼選擇! 23 我處在兩難之間。我情願離開世界,與基督在一起,那實在是再好不過了。 24 可是為了你們,我應該活在世上。 25 我既然對此深信不疑,就知道自己仍要活下去,繼續跟你們在一起,好使你們在信仰上又長進又充滿喜樂。 26 這樣,我再到你們那裡的時候,你們可以因為我的緣故更加以基督耶穌為榮。

27 最要緊的是:你們行事為人要與基督的福音相稱。這樣,不管是去看你們,還是只聽到你們的消息,我都能知道你們同心合意,堅定不移地一起為福音奮鬥, 28 毫不懼怕敵人的恐嚇。這清楚表明他們必滅亡,你們必得救,這是出於上帝。 29 因為上帝為了基督的緣故,賜恩使你們不但信基督,而且為祂受苦, 30 經歷你們從前在我身上見過,現在又從我這裡聽到的同樣爭戰。

Notas al pie

  1. 1·7 我常把你們放在心上」或譯「你們常把我放在心上」。

The Message

Philippians 1

11-2 Paul and Timothy, both of us committed servants of Christ Jesus, write this letter to all the followers of Jesus in Philippi, pastors and ministers included. We greet you with the grace and peace that comes from God our Father and our Master, Jesus Christ.

A Love That Will Grow

3-6 Every time you cross my mind, I break out in exclamations of thanks to God. Each exclamation is a trigger to prayer. I find myself praying for you with a glad heart. I am so pleased that you have continued on in this with us, believing and proclaiming God’s Message, from the day you heard it right up to the present. There has never been the slightest doubt in my mind that the God who started this great work in you would keep at it and bring it to a flourishing finish on the very day Christ Jesus appears.

7-8 It’s not at all fanciful for me to think this way about you. My prayers and hopes have deep roots in reality. You have, after all, stuck with me all the way from the time I was thrown in jail, put on trial, and came out of it in one piece. All along you have experienced with me the most generous help from God. He knows how much I love and miss you these days. Sometimes I think I feel as strongly about you as Christ does!

9-11 So this is my prayer: that your love will flourish and that you will not only love much but well. Learn to love appropriately. You need to use your head and test your feelings so that your love is sincere and intelligent, not sentimental gush. Live a lover’s life, circumspect and exemplary, a life Jesus will be proud of: bountiful in fruits from the soul, making Jesus Christ attractive to all, getting everyone involved in the glory and praise of God.

They Can’t Imprison the Message

12-14 I want to report to you, friends, that my imprisonment here has had the opposite of its intended effect. Instead of being squelched, the Message has actually prospered. All the soldiers here, and everyone else, too, found out that I’m in jail because of this Messiah. That piqued their curiosity, and now they’ve learned all about him. Not only that, but most of the followers of Jesus here have become far more sure of themselves in the faith than ever, speaking out fearlessly about God, about the Messiah.

15-17 It’s true that some here preach Christ because with me out of the way, they think they’ll step right into the spotlight. But the others do it with the best heart in the world. One group is motivated by pure love, knowing that I am here defending the Message, wanting to help. The others, now that I’m out of the picture, are merely greedy, hoping to get something out of it for themselves. Their motives are bad. They see me as their competition, and so the worse it goes for me, the better—they think—for them.

18-21 So how am I to respond? I’ve decided that I really don’t care about their motives, whether mixed, bad, or indifferent. Every time one of them opens his mouth, Christ is proclaimed, so I just cheer them on!

And I’m going to keep that celebration going because I know how it’s going to turn out. Through your faithful prayers and the generous response of the Spirit of Jesus Christ, everything he wants to do in and through me will be done. I can hardly wait to continue on my course. I don’t expect to be embarrassed in the least. On the contrary, everything happening to me in this jail only serves to make Christ more accurately known, regardless of whether I live or die. They didn’t shut me up; they gave me a pulpit! Alive, I’m Christ’s messenger; dead, I’m his bounty. Life versus even more life! I can’t lose.

22-26 As long as I’m alive in this body, there is good work for me to do. If I had to choose right now, I hardly know which I’d choose. Hard choice! The desire to break camp here and be with Christ is powerful. Some days I can think of nothing better. But most days, because of what you are going through, I am sure that it’s better for me to stick it out here. So I plan to be around awhile, companion to you as your growth and joy in this life of trusting God continues. You can start looking forward to a great reunion when I come visit you again. We’ll be praising Christ, enjoying each other.

27-30 Meanwhile, live in such a way that you are a credit to the Message of Christ. Let nothing in your conduct hang on whether I come or not. Your conduct must be the same whether I show up to see things for myself or hear of it from a distance. Stand united, singular in vision, contending for people’s trust in the Message, the good news, not flinching or dodging in the slightest before the opposition. Your courage and unity will show them what they’re up against: defeat for them, victory for you—and both because of God. There’s far more to this life than trusting in Christ. There’s also suffering for him. And the suffering is as much a gift as the trusting. You’re involved in the same kind of struggle you saw me go through, on which you are now getting an updated report in this letter.