29 For it has been granted to you on behalf of Christ not only to believe in him, but also to suffer for him,
29 For unto you it is given in the behalf of Christ, not only to believe on him, but also to suffer for his sake;
29 For it has been granted to you that for the sake of Christ you should not only believe in him but also suffer for his sake,
29 There's far more to this life than trusting in Christ. There's also suffering for him. And the suffering is as much a gift as the trusting.
29 For to you it has been granted on behalf of Christ, not only to believe in Him, but also to suffer for His sake,
29 For you have been given not only the privilege of trusting in Christ but also the privilege of suffering for him.
Matthew Henry's Commentary on Philippians 1:29
Commentary on Philippians 1:27-30
(Read Philippians 1:27-30)
Those who profess the gospel of Christ, should live as becomes those who believe gospel truths, submit to gospel laws, and depend upon gospel promises. The original word "conversation" denotes the conduct of citizens who seek the credit, safety, peace, and prosperity of their city. There is that in the faith of the gospel, which is worth striving for; there is much opposition, and there is need of striving. A man may sleep and go to hell; but he who would go to heaven, must look about him and be diligent. There may be oneness of heart and affection among Christians, where there is diversity of judgment about many things. Faith is God's gift on the behalf of Christ; the ability and disposition to believe are from God. And if we suffer reproach and loss for Christ, we are to reckon them a gift, and prize them accordingly. Yet salvation must not be ascribed to bodily afflictions, as though afflictions and worldly persecutions deserved it; but from God only is salvation: faith and patience are his gifts.