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.

Mawu a Mulungu mu Chichewa Chalero

Afilipi 1

1Paulo ndi Timoteyo, atumiki a Khristu Yesu.

Kulembera anthu onse oyera mtima a ku Filipi amene ali mwa Khristu Yesu, pamodzi ndi oyangʼanira ndi atumiki awo.

Chisomo ndi mtendere zochokera kwa Mulungu Atate athu ndi Ambuye Yesu Khristu zikhale kwa inu.

Kuyamika ndi Pemphero

Ndimayamika Mulungu wanga nthawi zonse ndikakumbukira inu. Mʼmapemphero anga onse opempherera inu, nthawi zonse ndimapemphera ndi chimwemwe chifukwa mwakhala mukundithandiza polalikira Uthenga Wabwino kuyambira tsiku loyamba mpaka tsopano. Sindikukayika konse kuti Iye amene anayamba ntchito yabwino mwa inu adzayipitiriza ndi kuyimaliza mpaka pa tsiku la kubweranso kwa Khristu Yesu.

Kwa ine ndi bwino kuti ndiziganiza zotere za nonsenu, popeza ndimakukondani, ngakhale ndikhale mʼndende, kapena pamene ndikuteteza ndi kukhazikitsa Uthenga Wabwino, inu nonse mumagawana nane chisomo cha Mulungu. Mulungu angandichitire umboni kuti ndimakulakalakani ndi chikondi cha Khristu Yesu.

Ndipo pemphero langa ndi lakuti chikondi chanu chipitirire kukulirakulira pa chidziwitso ndi kuzama mʼmaganizo, 10 kuti mukhoza kuzindikira chabwino koposa zonse ndi chiti kuti muthe kukhala wopanda chodetsa ndi wopanda chilema kufikira tsiku la Khristu. 11 Ndipo moyo wanu udzakhala odzazidwa ndi chipatso cha chilungamo chimene chimachokera mwa Yesu Khristu. Pakuti zimenezi zidzapereka ulemerero ndi matamando kwa Mulungu.

Maunyolo a Paulo Apititsa Mʼtsogolo Uthenga Wabwino

12 Tsopano abale, ndikufuna mudziwe kuti chimene chandichitikira ine chathandiza kwambiri kupititsa patsogolo Uthenga Wabwino. 13 Chotsatira chake nʼchakuti zadziwika bwino lomwe kwa onse amene ali ku nyumba yaufumu kuti ine ndili mʼmaunyolo chifukwa cha Khristu. 14 Moti chifukwa cha maunyolo angawa, abale ambiri alimbikitsidwa kuyankhula Mawu a Mulungu molimbika ndi mopanda mantha.

15 Nʼzoonadi kuti ena amalalikira Khristu chifukwa cha kaduka ndi mikangano, koma ena chifukwa cha zolinga zabwino. 16 Olalikira ndi zolinga zabwinowa amachita izi mwachikondi, podziwa kuti ine ndili muno chifukwa cha kuteteza Uthenga Wabwino. 17 Ena aja amalalikira Khristu modzikonda osati moona mtima namaganiza kuti kutero kubweretsa mavuto pamene ndili mʼmaunyolo. 18 Nanga kodi zimenezo zili ndi ntchito? Chofunika ndi chakuti Khristu alalikidwe, kaya ndi mwachinyengo kapena moona. Ndipo ndikukondwera chifukwa cha chimenechi.

Ndithu, ndidzapitirira kukondwera, 19 pakuti ndikudziwa kuti chifukwa cha mapemphero anu ndi thandizo lochokera kwa Mzimu wa Yesu Khristu, zimene zandionekera zidzathandiza kuti ndimasulidwe. 20 Ndili ndi chiyembekezo chonse kuti sindidzachita manyazi ndi pangʼono pomwe, koma ndidzakhala ndi chilimbikitso chokwanira kuti monga mwa nthawi zonse, tsopano Khristu adzakwezedwa mʼthupi langa kaya ndi mʼmoyo kapena mu imfa. 21 Pakuti kwa ine kukhala moyo ndi Khristu ndipo kufa ndi phindu. 22 Ngati nditi ndipitirire kukhala ndi moyo mʼthupi ndiye kuti kwa ine ndi kugwira ntchito yopindulitsa. Kodi ndisankhe chiyani? Sindikudziwa. 23 Ndathinidwa ndi zinthu ziwirizi: Ndikulakalaka kunyamuka kuti ndikakhale ndi Khristu, chimene ndi chinthu chabwino kwambiri. 24 Komanso nʼkofunika kwambiri kuti ndikhalebe mʼthupi chifukwa cha inu. 25 Ndili ndi chitsimikizo, ndikudziwa kuti ndidzakhala ndi moyo ndipo ndidzapitirira nanu kuti nonse mupite mʼtsogolo ndi kukhala ndi chimwemwe mu chikhulupiriro 26 kuti pokhala nanunso, kudzitamandira kwanu mwa Khristu Yesu kudzasefukire chifukwa cha ine.

Moyo Woyenerana ndi Uthenga Wabwino

27 Chilichonse chimene chingachitike, chachikulu nʼchakuti mukhale moyo ofanana ndi Uthenga Wabwino wa Khristu. Tsono ngati ndingabwere kudzakuonani kapena kumangomva za inu ndili kutali, ndidzadziwa kuti mwayima mwamphamvu mwa Mzimu mmodzi, kulimbika pamodzi ngati munthu mmodzi chifukwa cha chikhulupiriro cha Uthenga Wabwino 28 osachita mantha ndi pangʼono pomwe ndi amene akutsutsana nanu. Ichi ndi chizindikiro kwa iwo kuti adzawonongedwa, koma inu mudzapulumutsidwa ndi Mulungu. 29 Pakuti inu mwapatsidwa mwayi osati ongokhulupirira Khristu kokha, koma wakumva zowawa mʼmalo mwa Khristu. 30 Inunso mukudutsa mʼzowawa zomwe zija munaona ndikudutsamo inenso ndipo pano mukumva kuti ndikukumana nazobe.