For it is only right for me to feel this way about you all, because I have you in my heart, since both in my imprisonment and in the defense and confirmation of the gospel, you all are partakers of grace with me.
I do not speak to condemn you, for I have said before that you are in our hearts to die together and to live together.
except that the Holy Spirit solemnly testifies to me in every city, saying that bonds and afflictions await me.
For this reason I, Paul, the prisoner of Christ Jesus for the sake of you Gentiles—
for which I am an ambassador in chains; that in proclaiming it I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak.
in view of your participation in the gospel from the first day until now.
the latter do it out of love, knowing that I am appointed for the defense of the gospel;
Nevertheless, you have done well to share with me in my affliction.
I, Paul, write this greeting with my own hand. Remember my imprisonment. Grace be with you.
for which I suffer hardship even to imprisonment as a criminal; but the word of God is not imprisoned.
When they had struck them with many blows, they threw them into prison, commanding the jailer to guard them securely;
Then the commander came up and took hold of him, and ordered him to be bound with two chains; and he began asking who he was and what he had done.
I do all things for the sake of the gospel, so that I may become a fellow partaker of it.
bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.
You are our letter, written in our hearts, known and read by all men;
For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision nor uncircumcision means anything, but faith working through love.
Therefore I, the prisoner of the Lord, implore you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling with which you have been called,
praying at the same time for us as well, that God will open up to us a door for the word, so that we may speak forth the mystery of Christ, for which I have also been imprisoned;
We give thanks to God always for all of you, making mention of you in our prayers;
for you are all sons of light and sons of day. We are not of night nor of darkness;
Therefore do not be ashamed of the testimony of our Lord or of me His prisoner, but join with me in suffering for the gospel according to the power of God,
Therefore, holy brethren, partakers of a heavenly calling, consider Jesus, the Apostle and High Priest of our confession;
But, beloved, we are convinced of better things concerning you, and things that accompany salvation, though we are speaking in this way.
partly by being made a public spectacle through reproaches and tribulations, and partly by becoming sharers with those who were so treated.
but to the degree that you share the sufferings of Christ, keep on rejoicing, so that also at the revelation of His glory you may rejoice with exultation.
Therefore, I exhort the elders among you, as your fellow elder and witness of the sufferings of Christ, and a partaker also of the glory that is to be revealed,
I consider it right, as long as I am in this earthly dwelling, to stir you up by way of reminder,
We know that we have passed out of death into life, because we love the brethren. He who does not love abides in death.