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Philippians 1:29

    Philippians 1:29 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    For unto you it is given in the behalf of Christ, not only to believe on him, but also to suffer for his sake;

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    For to you it is given in the behalf of Christ, not only to believe on him, but also to suffer for his sake;

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    because to you it hath been granted in the behalf of Christ, not only to believe on him, but also to suffer in his behalf:

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    Because to you it has been given in the cause of Christ not only to have faith in him, but to undergo pain on his account:

    Webster's Revision

    because to you it hath been granted in the behalf of Christ, not only to believe on him, but also to suffer in his behalf:

    World English Bible

    Because it has been granted to you on behalf of Christ, not only to believe in him, but also to suffer on his behalf,

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    because to you it hath been granted in the behalf of Christ, not only to believe on him, but also to suffer in his behalf:

    Clarke's Commentary on Philippians 1:29

    Unto you it is given in the behalf of Christ - Ὑμιν εχαρισθη· To you it is graciously given; it is no small privilege that God has so far honored you as to permit you to suffer on Christ's account. It is only his most faithful servants that he thus honors. Be not therefore terrified by your enemies; they can do nothing to you which God will not turn to your eternal advantage. We learn from this that it is as great a privilege to suffer for Christ as to believe on him; and the former in certain cases (as far as the latter in all cases) becomes the means of salvation to them who are thus exercised.

    Barnes' Notes on Philippians 1:29

    For unto you - Unto you as Christians. This favor is granted unto you in your present circumstances.

    It is given - God concedes to you this privilege or advantage.

    In the behalf of Christ - In the cause of Christ, or with a view to honor Christ. Or, these things are brought on you in consequence of your being Christians.

    Not only to believe on him - It is represented here as a privilege to be permitted to believe on Christ. It is so:

    (1) It is an honor to a man to believe one who ought to be believed, to trust one who ought to be trusted, to love one who ought to be loved.

    (2) it is a privilege to believe on Christ, because it is by such faith that out sins are forgiven; that we become reconciled to God, and have the hope of heaven.

    (3) it is a privilege, because it saves the mind from the tortures and the deadly influence of unbelief - the agitation, and restlessness, and darkness, and gloom of a skeptic.

    (4) it is a privilege, because we have then a friend to whom we may go in trial, and on whom we may roll all our burdens. If there is anything for which a Christian ought to give unfeigned thanks, it is that he has been permitted to believe on the Redeemer. Let a sincere Christian compare his peace, and joy, and hope of heaven, and support in trials, with the restlessness, uneasiness, and dread of death, in the mind of an unbeliever; and he will see abundant occasion for gratitude.

    But also to suffer for his sake - Here it is represented as a privilege to suffer in the cause of the Redeemer - a declaration which may sound strange to the world. Yet this sentiment frequently occurs in the New Testament. Thus, it is said of the apostles Act 5:41, that "they departed from the presence of the council, rejoicing that they were counted worthy to suffer shame for his name;" Colossians 1:24. "Who now rejoice in my sufferings for you;" 1 Peter 4:13. "But rejoice, inasmuch as ye are partakers of Christ's sufferings;" compare James 1:2; Mark 10:30; see the notes at Acts 5:41. It is a privilege thus to suffer in the cause of Christ:

    (1) because we then resemble the Lord Jesus, and are united with him in trials;

    (2) because we have evidence that we are his, if trials come upon us in his cause;

    (3) because we are engaged in a good cause, and the privilege of maintaining such a cause is worth much of suffering; and,

    (4) because it will be connected with a brighter crown and more exalted honor in heaven.