Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
- Thanks and empathy for the assembly
I thank my God for your partnership in the Gospel
And being confident of this very thing,
That he who began a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ.
- The Apostle's captivity and readiness to die
For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain.
have the desire to depart and be with Christ.
- Single-minded striving for the Gospel.
Firm in one God and striving with us single-mindedly.
- Living according to Christ's example
Have this in your mind, which was also in Christ Jesus, 6 who, existing in the form of God.
Didn’t consider equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied himself, taking the form of a servant, being made in the likeness of men.
He humbled himself, becoming obedient to the point of death, yes, the death of the cross.
Therefore God also highly exalted him, and gave to him the name which is above every name.
That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those in heaven, those on earth, and those under the earth, and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
- Taking care of salvation
Work out your own salvation with fear and trembling.
For it is God who works in you both to will and to work, for his good pleasure. You should be pleased about it as well.
- Timothy to be sent away and Epaphroditus to return
I hope to send Timothy to you soon. He has proven himself in serving the gospel of Jesus Christ.
But I trust in the Lord that I myself also will come shortly.
But I counted it necessary to send Epaphroditus, my brother and fellow worker, to you. He was sick, nearly to death, but God had mercy on him.
Receive him therefore in the Lord with all joy, and hold such people in honor.
- Warning against falling away from the righteousness of the law.
Beware of the dogs; beware of the evil workers; beware of the false circumcision. For we are the circumcision, who worship God in the Spirit, and rejoice in Christ Jesus, and have no confidence in the flesh.
- The heavenly prize
I forget the things which are behind, and stretch forward to the things which are before,
I press on toward the goal for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.
- The Christian citizenship
For our citizenship is in heaven, from where we also wait for a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ, who will change the body of our humiliation to be conformed to the body of his glory, according to the working by which he is able even to subject all things to himself.
- Call for unity and for rejoicing in the Lord
Rejoice in the Lord always! Again I will say, Rejoice!
Let your gentleness be known to all men. The Lord is at hand!
In nothing be anxious, but in everything, by prayer and petition with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God.
And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your thoughts in Christ Jesus.
- The Apostle's happiness about the solicitude of the assembly
I can do all things through Christ, who strengthens me.
But I have all things and abound. I am filled, having received from Epaphroditus the things that came from you, a sweet-smelling fragrance, an acceptable and well-pleasing sacrifice to God.
Greet every Saint in Christ Jesus. The brothers who are with me greet you. All the Saints greet you, especially those who are of Caesar’s household. The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirits!