II. Living Christ to Magnify Him
A. Fellowship for the Furtherance of the Gospel
3 I athank my God upon all my remembrance of you,
4 Always in my every apetition on behalf of you all, making my apetition with bjoy,
5 For your 1afellowship unto the furtherance of the 2bgospel from the first day until now,
6 Being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun in you a good work will complete it until the aday of Christ Jesus;
7 Even as it is right for me to think this concerning you all because you have me in your heart, since both in my abonds and in the 1bdefense and confirmation of the gospel you are all 2fellow partakers 3with me of grace.
8 For God is my awitness how I blong after you all in the 1cinward parts of Christ Jesus.
9 And this I pray, that your alove may abound yet more and more in 1bfull knowledge and all 2discernment,
10 So that you may aapprove by testing the things which differ and are more excellent, that you may be 1pure and 2without offense unto the bday of Christ,
11 Being filled with the 1afruit of righteousness, which is bthrough Jesus Christ, to the cglory and praise of God.
12 Now I want you to know, brothers, that the things concerning me have turned out rather to the 1advancement of the agospel,
13 So that my abonds have become manifest as being 1in Christ among the whole 2Praetorian guard and to all the rest.
14 And most of the brothers, being confident in the Lord because of my bonds, are more exceedingly bold to speak the word of God without fear.
15 1Some preach Christ even because of aenvy and 2strife, and 3some also because of good will,
16 These out of love, knowing that I am set for the adefense of the gospel.
17 But the others announce Christ out of 1selfish ambition, not purely, thinking to raise up 2affliction in my abonds.
18 What then? Only that in every way, whether in pretense or in truthfulness, Christ is announced; and in this I 1arejoice; yes, and I will rejoice;