Nkwa Asem

Filipifo 1

Nkyia

1Saa nhoma yi fi Paulo ne Timoteo a wɔyɛ Kristo Yesu nkoa nkyɛn. Wɔde kɔma Yesu Kristo mu ahotefo ne ahwɛfo ne asomafo a wɔwɔ Filipi no nyinaa.

Adom ne asomdwoe a efi yɛn Agya Nyankopɔn ne Awurade Yesu Kristo nka mo.

Paulo mpaebɔ

Bere biara a mekae mo no, meda Onyankopɔn ase. Saa ara nso na da biara mede anigye bɔ mpae ma mo, efisɛ, efi da a edi kan de besi sesɛɛ no, moaboa me wɔ asɛmpaka no adwumayɛ mu. Eyi nti, migye di yiye sɛ: Onyankopɔn a ofitii ase yɛɛ saa adwuma pa yi wɔ mo mu no bɛkɔ so de akosi da a Yesu Kristo bɛba no.

Sɛnea mo ho adwene pa wɔ me tirim no nti, sɛ daa mekae mo a, na ne kwan so ara nen. Efisɛ, sɛ meda mpokyerɛ mu anaasɛ mede me ho na mereka Asɛmpa no no, mo nyinaa ne me nya Onyankopɔn adom. Onyankopɔn ankasa di me adanse sɛ m’ani agyina mo wɔ Yesu Kristo dɔ mu. Me mpae a mebɔ ma mo ne sɛ, ɔdɔ a mode dodɔ mo ho mo ho no mu bɛyɛ den, na mubenyin wɔ nimdeɛ ne ntease mu 10 sɛnea ɛbɛyɛ a mubehu nea eye na da a Kristo bɛba no, moayɛ kronn a obi nka asɛm bi ntia mo. 11 Nneɛma pa a Yesu Kristo no nko betumi de ama mo no bɛhyɛ mo abrabɔ ma de ahyɛ Onyankopɔn anuonyam, akamfo no.

12 Anuanom, mepɛ sɛ mote ase sɛ nneɛma a aba me so nyinaa aboa ama Asɛmpa no atrɛw. 13 Ɛno nti, awɛmfo a wɔwɔ ahemfi ha ne afoforo a wɔka wɔn ho no nyinaa nim sɛ, esiane sɛ meyɛ Kristo somfo no nti, na meda afiase. 14 Afiase a meda no ahyɛ anuanom bebree nkuran wɔ Awurade mu ma wotumi ka Onyankopɔn asɛm no wɔ akokoduru so a wonsuro hwee.

15 Ɛyɛ nokware sɛ wɔn mu binom nam nitan ne ntɔkwawpɛ so ka Kristo ho asɛm foforo, na afoforo nso de adwene pa na ɛka ne ho asɛm. 16 Wɔn a wɔde adwene pa ka asɛm no fi ɔdɔ mu na ɛka, efisɛ, wonim sɛ Onyankopɔn asɛm nti na meda afiase. 17 Afoforo a wɔnam nitan ne ntɔkwawpɛ so ka asɛm no nso dwen sɛ wɔnam saa kwan yi so bɛma m’ahohiahia aboro so wɔ m’afiase nna yi mu. 18 Eyi nti na ayɛ dɛn? Ɛyɛ me anigyesɛm. Nea ehia ara ne sɛ, sɛ wofi adwene pa anaa adwemmɔne mu no, Kristo ho asɛm ara na wɔka. Na eyi nti m’ani gye na mɛkɔ so ama mani agye, 19 efisɛ, minim sɛ mo mpaebɔ ne adom a efi Yesu Kristo Honhom mmoa mu no nti, wobegyaa me. 20 Me pɛ ne m’anidaso titiriw ne sɛ, mmere nyinaa mede nsi ne anem bɛyɛ m’adwuma; mpo saa bere yi, sɛ mete ase o, sɛ miwu o, mede me nipadua nyinaa bɛhyɛ Kristo anuonyam. 21 Me de, m’ase a mete ne Kristo; na owu yɛ me mfaso. 22 Na sɛ m’ase a mete yi na ɛbɛma matumi matwetwe afoforo abrɛ Kristo a, ɛnne na asetena ne owu, minhu mu nea memfa. 23 Eyi adi me aniani; ɔpɛ na mepɛ sɛ mitu wiase ne Kristo kɔtena, efisɛ, ɛno mmom na eye; 24 nanso mo nti, sɛ mete ase nso a, anka eye.

25 Minim sɛ me ho hia wɔ asase yi so ha; ɛno nti, mɛtena ha kakra na maboa mo ama moanyin wɔ gyidi mu anya anigye. 26 M’asetena yi bɛma mo ani agye na sɛ mesan bɛsra mo bio a, mubenya biribi agyina so ahyɛ Kristo anuonyam sɛ ɔbɔɔ me ho ban.

27 Mprempren, ade a ɛho hia me ne sɛ, biribiara a ɛbɛto mo no, momma mo abrabɔ mfata sɛ Kristo Asɛmpa no nko sɛnea ɛbɛyɛ a sɛ yehyia o, sɛ yɛanhyia o, mɛte mo ho asɛm pa sɛ mugyina pintinn na mukita botae koro ne gyidi koro wɔ Asɛmpa no ho.

28 Munnsuro mo atamfo. Biribiara a mobɛyɛ no, momfa akokoduru nnyina pintinn. Na eyi bedi adanse sɛ wobedi nkogu na moadi nkonim, efisɛ, Onyankopɔn ka mo ho. 29 Na mo de, ɛnyɛ sɛ wɔadom mo sɛ munni Kristo akyi nko, na mmom, sɛ mubehu amane nso. 30 Afei mubetumi ne me abom ako ɔko a mereko no. Saa ɔko yi na bere a atwam no, mekoe no, na migu so reko sɛnea mote no no.

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.