New Living Translation

Philippians 1

Greetings from Paul

1This letter is from Paul and Timothy, slaves of Christ Jesus.

I am writing to all of God’s holy people in Philippi who belong to Christ Jesus, including the church leaders[a] and deacons.

May God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ give you grace and peace.

Paul’s Thanksgiving and Prayer

Every time I think of you, I give thanks to my God. Whenever I pray, I make my requests for all of you with joy, for you have been my partners in spreading the Good News about Christ from the time you first heard it until now. And I am certain that God, who began the good work within you, will continue his work until it is finally finished on the day when Christ Jesus returns.

So it is right that I should feel as I do about all of you, for you have a special place in my heart. You share with me the special favor of God, both in my imprisonment and in defending and confirming the truth of the Good News. God knows how much I love you and long for you with the tender compassion of Christ Jesus.

I pray that your love will overflow more and more, and that you will keep on growing in knowledge and understanding. 10 For I want you to understand what really matters, so that you may live pure and blameless lives until the day of Christ’s return. 11 May you always be filled with the fruit of your salvation—the righteous character produced in your life by Jesus Christ[b]—for this will bring much glory and praise to God.

Paul’s Joy That Christ Is Preached

12 And I want you to know, my dear brothers and sisters,[c] that everything that has happened to me here has helped to spread the Good News. 13 For everyone here, including the whole palace guard,[d] knows that I am in chains because of Christ. 14 And because of my imprisonment, most of the believers[e] here have gained confidence and boldly speak God’s message[f] without fear.

15 It’s true that some are preaching out of jealousy and rivalry. But others preach about Christ with pure motives. 16 They preach because they love me, for they know I have been appointed to defend the Good News. 17 Those others do not have pure motives as they preach about Christ. They preach with selfish ambition, not sincerely, intending to make my chains more painful to me. 18 But that doesn’t matter. Whether their motives are false or genuine, the message about Christ is being preached either way, so I rejoice. And I will continue to rejoice. 19 For I know that as you pray for me and the Spirit of Jesus Christ helps me, this will lead to my deliverance.

Paul’s Life for Christ

20 For I fully expect and hope that I will never be ashamed, but that I will continue to be bold for Christ, as I have been in the past. And I trust that my life will bring honor to Christ, whether I live or die. 21 For to me, living means living for Christ, and dying is even better. 22 But if I live, I can do more fruitful work for Christ. So I really don’t know which is better. 23 I’m torn between two desires: I long to go and be with Christ, which would be far better for me. 24 But for your sakes, it is better that I continue to live.

25 Knowing this, I am convinced that I will remain alive so I can continue to help all of you grow and experience the joy of your faith. 26 And when I come to you again, you will have even more reason to take pride in Christ Jesus because of what he is doing through me.

Live as Citizens of Heaven

27 Above all, you must live as citizens of heaven, conducting yourselves in a manner worthy of the Good News about Christ. Then, whether I come and see you again or only hear about you, I will know that you are standing together with one spirit and one purpose, fighting together for the faith, which is the Good News. 28 Don’t be intimidated in any way by your enemies. This will be a sign to them that they are going to be destroyed, but that you are going to be saved, even by God himself. 29 For you have been given not only the privilege of trusting in Christ but also the privilege of suffering for him. 30 We are in this struggle together. You have seen my struggle in the past, and you know that I am still in the midst of it.

Notas al pie

  1. 1:1 Or overseers, or bishops.
  2. 1:11 Greek with the fruit of righteousness through Jesus Christ.
  3. 1:12 Greek brothers.
  4. 1:13 Greek including all the Praetorium.
  5. 1:14a Greek brothers in the Lord.
  6. 1:14b Some manuscripts read speak the message.

Knijga O Kristu

Poslanica Filipljanima 1

Neka vam naš Bog Otac i Gospodin Isus Krist udijele milost i mir.

Pavlova zahvalnost i molitva

Kad god vas se sjetim, zahvaljujem Bogu!

U svakoj svojoj molitvi radosno se molim za vas

jer ste bili sudionicima navješćivanja Radosne vijesti o Kristu od prvoga dana pa sve do sada.

Siguran sam da će Bog, koji je započeo dobro djelo među vama, to djelo i dovršiti do dana kad se Isus Krist vrati.

I pravo je da tako osjećam prema vama. Nosim vas u srcu jer ste sa mnom dijelili Božju milost i kad sam bio u okovima, i u obrani i u utvrđivanju Radosne vijesti.

Bog mi je svjedok da čeznem za svima vama ljubavlju Isusa Krista.

Moja je molitva za vas da vaša ljubav još više uzraste, da rastete u znanju i razumijevanju,

10 da znate odabrati najbolje. Tako ćete biti čisti od svake nečistoće i krivnje na Dan Kristova povratka,

11 puni ploda pravednosti koja dolazi po Isusu Kristu.

Pavlova radost zbog propovijedanja Krista

12 želim, draga braćo, da znate da je sve što mi se ovdje dogodilo pomoglo širenju Radosne vijesti

13 jer ovdje svi, pa čak i carska tjelesna straža, znaju da sam u okovima zbog Krista.

14 A i većina braće osmjelila se zbog mojih okova još neustrašivije propovijedati Božju riječ.

15 Neki, doduše, propovijedaju iz zavisti i nadmetanja, ali drugi zato iz dobre volje.

16 Propovijedaju jer me vole i jer znaju da me je Gospodin doveo ovamo da branim Radosnu vijest.

17 Oni drugi pak Krista navješćuju neiskreno, zaradi vlastite koristi. Misle da će mi time još više otežati okove.

18 Ali što onda? Bile njihove pobude iskrene ili ne, Krist se navješćuje. Tomu se radujem. A i dalje ću se radovati

19 jer znam da se molite za mene, da mi pomaže Duh Isusa Krista i da ću na koncu biti spašen.

Pavlov život za Krista

20 živim u žarkoj nadi da me ništa neće smesti, nego da ću uvijek, kao i sada, biti hrabar za Krista i da će se on u meni proslaviti, živio ja ili umro za njega.

21 Jer za mene je život Krist, a smrt dobitak.

22 Ipak, ako živim u tijelu, plodonosno ću djelovati. Što onda odabrati? Ne znam.

23 Razdiru me dvije želje. želim otići i biti s Kristom. To je mnogo bolje za mene.

24 Ali zbog vas je potrebnije da ostanem živjeti u tijelu.

25 Uvjeren sam u to. Ostat ću s vama da rastete i radujete se u vjeri.

26 Tako ćete se, kad opet dođem k vama, imati još više razloga hvaliti onime što je Krist Isus učinio za mene.

živjeti dostojno evanđelja

27 Samo se ponašajte dostojno evanđelja tako da, došao li vas ja vidjeti ili samo slušao o vama, znam da ste postojani u jednome Duhu i da se jednodušno borite za evanđeosku vjeru

28 te da se ni u čemu ne strašite protivnika. To će im biti Božji znak njihove propasti, a vašega spasenja.

29 Jer dana vam je milost ne samo da vjerujete u Krista, nego i da trpite za njega

30 u istoj borbi u kojoj ste me vidjeli i za koju sada čujete da ju vodim.