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Philippians 1

1Paul and Timothy, servants of Christ Jesus,

To all God’s holy people in Christ Jesus at Philippi, together with the overseers and deacons[a]:

Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

Thanksgiving and Prayer

I thank my God every time I remember you. In all my prayers for all of you, I always pray with joy because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now, being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.

It is right for me to feel this way about all of you, since I have you in my heart and, whether I am in chains or defending and confirming the gospel, all of you share in God’s grace with me. God can testify how I long for all of you with the affection of Christ Jesus.

And this is my prayer: that your love may abound more and more in knowledge and depth of insight, 10 so that you may be able to discern what is best and may be pure and blameless for the day of Christ, 11 filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ—to the glory and praise of God.

Paul’s Chains Advance the Gospel

12 Now I want you to know, brothers and sisters,[b] that what has happened to me has actually served to advance the gospel. 13 As a result, it has become clear throughout the whole palace guard[c] and to everyone else that I am in chains for Christ. 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.

15 It is true that some preach Christ out of envy and rivalry, but others out of goodwill. 16 The latter do so out of love, knowing that I am put here for the defense of the gospel. 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. 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, 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.[d] 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. 21 For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain. 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! 23 I am torn between the two: I desire to depart and be with Christ, which is better by far; 24 but it is more necessary for you that I remain in the body. 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, 26 so that through my being with you again your boasting in Christ Jesus will abound on account of me.

Life Worthy of the Gospel

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,[e] striving together as one for the faith of the gospel 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. 29 For it has been granted to you on behalf of Christ not only to believe in him, but also to suffer for him, 30 since you are going through the same struggle you saw I had, and now hear that I still have.

Footnotes

  1. Philippians 1:1 The word deacons refers here to Christians designated to serve with the overseers/elders of the church in a variety of ways; similarly in Romans 16:1 and 1 Tim. 3:8,12.
  2. Philippians 1:12 The Greek word for brothers and sisters (adelphoi) refers here to believers, both men and women, as part of God’s family; also in verse 14; and in 3:1, 13, 17; 4:1, 8, 21.
  3. Philippians 1:13 Or whole palace
  4. Philippians 1:19 Or vindication; or salvation
  5. Philippians 1:27 Or in one spirit

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.