21 For to me, to live is Christ(A) 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(B) and be with Christ,(C) 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(D) 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(E) in the one Spirit,[a] striving together(F) 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(G) on behalf of Christ not only to believe in him, but also to suffer(H) for him, 30 since you are going through the same struggle(I) you saw(J) I had, and now hear(K) that I still have.

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  1. Philippians 1:27 Or in one spirit

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