I am sure of this, that He who started a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.
as we pray very earnestly night and day to see you face to face and to complete what is lacking in your faith?
He doesn’t hold on to the head, from whom the whole body, nourished and held together by its ligaments and tendons, develops with growth from God.
But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To Him be the glory both now and to the day of eternity. Amen.
The path of the righteous is like the light of dawn,
shining brighter and brighter until midday.
We must always thank God for you, brothers. This is right, since your faith is flourishing and the love each one of you has for one another is increasing.
They go from strength to strength;
each appears before God in Zion.
And I pray this: that your love will keep on growing in knowledge and every kind of discernment, so that you can determine what really matters and can be pure and blameless in the day of Christ, filled with the fruit of righteousness that [comes] through Jesus Christ, to the glory and praise of God.
Not that I have already reached [the goal] or am already fully mature, but I make every effort to take hold of it because I also have been taken hold of by Christ Jesus. Brothers, I do not consider myself to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: forgetting what is behind and reaching forward to what is ahead, I pursue as my goal the prize promised by God's heavenly call in Christ Jesus. read more.
Therefore, all who are mature should think this way. And if you think differently about anything, God will reveal this to you also.
so that you may walk worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing [to Him], bearing fruit in every good work and growing in the knowledge of God. May you be strengthened with all power, according to His glorious might, for all endurance and patience, with joy
And may the Lord cause you to increase and overflow with love for one another and for everyone, just as we also do for you. May He make your hearts blameless in holiness before our God and Father at the coming of our Lord Jesus with all His saints. Amen.
Therefore, leaving the elementary message about the Messiah, let us go on to maturity, not laying again the foundation of repentance from dead works, faith in God, teaching about ritual washings, laying on of hands, the resurrection of the dead, and eternal judgment. And we will do this if God permits.
So rid yourselves of all wickedness, all deceit, hypocrisy, envy, and all slander. Like newborn infants, desire the unadulterated spiritual milk, so that you may grow by it in [your] salvation, since you have tasted that the Lord is good.
I urge Euodia and I urge Syntyche to agree in the Lord.
Now I urge you, brothers, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you agree in what you say, that there be no divisions among you, and that you be united with the same understanding and the same conviction.
Finally, brothers, rejoice. Become mature, be encouraged, be of the same mind,(A) be at peace,(B) and the God of love(C) and peace will be with you.
Now finally, all of you should be like-minded and sympathetic, should love believers, and be compassionate and humble,
Be in agreement with one another. Do not be proud; instead, associate with the humble. Do not be wise in your own estimation.
Just one thing: Live your life in a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ. Then, whether I come and see you or am absent, I will hear about you that you are standing firm in one spirit, with one mind, working side by side for the faith that comes from the gospel,
fulfill my joy by thinking the same way, having the same love, sharing the same feelings, focusing on one goal.
Now may the God of endurance and encouragement grant you agreement with one another, according to Christ Jesus, so that you may glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ with a united mind and voice.
I pursue as my goal the prize promised by God's heavenly call in Christ Jesus. Therefore, all who are mature should think this way. And if you think differently about anything, God will reveal this to you also. In any case, we should live up to whatever [truth] we have attained.
and you have been filled by Him, who is the head over every ruler and authority.
However, we do speak a wisdom among the mature, but not a wisdom of this age, or of the rulers of this age, who are coming to nothing.
Therefore, all who are mature should think this way. And if you think differently about anything, God will reveal this also to you.