Εὐχαριστῶ τῷ θεῷ μου ἐπὶ πάσῃ τῇ μνείᾳ ὑμῶν
e I thank my God f in all my remembrance of you,
πάντοτε ἐν πάσῃ δεήσει μου ὑπὲρ πάντων ὑμῶν, μετὰ χαρᾶς τὴν δέησιν ποιούμενος,
always in every prayer of mine for you all making my prayer with joy,
ἐπὶ τῇ κοινωνίᾳ ὑμῶν εἰς τὸ εὐαγγέλιον ἀπὸ τῆς πρώτης ἡμέρας
g because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day ( past grace )
ἄχρι τοῦ νῦν,
until now ( present grace ).
πεποιθὼς αὐτὸ τοῦτο,
[being persuaded of this],
ὅτι ὁ ἐναρξάμενος ἐν ὑμῖν ἔργον ἀγαθὸν ἐπιτελέσει
that he who began ( past/present ) h a good work in you i will bring it to completion
ἄχρι ἡμέρας Χριστοῦ Ἰησοῦ•
at j the day of Jesus Christ. ( future grace )
How does 1:6 fit with what precedes?
The participle is causal (Hasen, Philippians , Pillar; Wallace, Greek Grammar ). Thus, Paul prays with joy "since [he] is confident of this very thing..." (Wallace, Greek Grammar , 632).
Paul's Disposition to Praise Paul's Prayer for Partners Paul's Reason for Joy-Filled Praying: A. Hope in God Gospel Beginnings Gospel Endings
What is the good work? God has started a work of grace. But what do we mean by "grace"? Saving grace? The grace of partnership? Or both. Both are gloriously true!
Paul says that God “began a good work” and that “good work” will come to completion. Notice the word, “began.” That’s important. In the end of the sentence, Paul will say that God finishes what he starts. But we need to stop and ponder this word, “began.” Let’s make sure we know what God has started. He started a “good work.” Yet, what exactly is this “good work”? Most of the time we read this, we think of God’s saving work. That is, he caused us to be born again, brought us to faith in Christ, and will make sure that at the end of our life, we are still Christians. That is, we often quote this verse in the context of the doctrine of perseverance of the saint. Those who are truly Christians will persevere in the faith and never finally fall away from Jesus. That’s true, but as I’ll note in a few moments, I think there is more going on. We can say at least two things: God’s “good work” includes: (1) The Beginning of the Gospel in You a. That is, God begins a good work in us individually when he brings us to faith in Christ. (2) The Beginning of Gospel Partnerships in Us a. That is, God not only saved us individually, but graciously leads us to link arms together in the advance of the gospel.