I thank my God at every memory of you, always praying with joy in every prayer of mine for you all, because of your sharing in the Good News from the first day until now. I am sure of this very thing—that He who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the Day of Messiah
. It is right for me to feel this way about you all, because I have you in my heart—for you all are partakers of grace with me, both in my imprisonment (or quarantine) and in the defense and confirmation of the Good News. For God is my witness, how I long for all of you with the affection of Messiah
. Now this I pray, that your love might overflow still more and more in knowledge and depth of discernment, in order to approve what is excellent—so that in the Day of Messiah you may be sincere and blameless, filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through
the Messiah, to the glory and praise of God.