Philippians 1:25 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Philippians 1:25, NIV: 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,

Philippians 1:25, ESV: Convinced of this, I know that I will remain and continue with you all, for your progress and joy in the faith,

Philippians 1:25, KJV: And having this confidence, I know that I shall abide and continue with you all for your furtherance and joy of faith;

Philippians 1:25, NASB: Convinced of this, I know that I will remain and continue with you all for your progress and joy in the faith,

Philippians 1:25, NLT: Knowing this, I am convinced that I will remain alive so I can continue to help all of you grow and experience the joy of your faith.

Philippians 1:25, CSB: Since I am persuaded of this, I know that I will remain and continue with all of you for your progress and joy in the faith,

What does Philippians 1:25 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

Paul doesn't merely hope that he will remain alive to continue ministering. He is "convinced of this." He gives two specific reasons why he feels this way, as they apply to the Philippian believers. First, though the Philippian church was growing more and more mature, Paul could continue to serve them. His purpose is to assist the Philippians to great maturity. While it is not noted in the New Testament whether Paul ever returned to Philippi again, Paul appears confident he would return (Philippians 1:26).

Second, Paul would remain for their "joy in the faith." Faith involves both growth and joy. First Peter 1:8–9 says, "Though you have not seen him, you love him. Though you do not now see him, you believe in him and rejoice with joy that is inexpressible and filled with glory, obtaining the outcome of your faith, the salvation of your souls." The continued presence of a man like Paul would certainly encourage the people he had been ministering to.