Main point summary
The world does not like the gospel, and they will oppose it, as they oppose me, Paul, and as they opposed Christ. Therefore, be on guard and unified with other believers who can keep you accountable, help you remain steadfast, and contend against your destruction. The foundation of your unity shall be the gospel, and this gospel-unity shall be your assurance, because it is from God.
Only v let your manner of life be w worthy 1 of the gospel of Christ,
IN OTHER WORDS, live in a way that is holy and gospel-honouring
so that whether I come and see you
DESPITE my being able to visit you
or am absent,
OR my not being able to visit you
I may hear of you
FOR THE PURPOSE OF my assured witness and knowledge of you
x that you are standing firm
IN OTHER WORDS that you are not easily moved
in one spirit,
BY BEING of one common desire
with y one mind
AND BY BEING of one common purpose
z striving side by side for the faith of the gospel,
IN OTHER WORDS, MOVING forward in gospel-motivated unity
and not frightened in anything by your opponents.
RESULTING IN HAVING no fear of those who contend against you (because you've been given the gospel by a holy and omnipotent God)
This is a a clear sign to them of their destruction,
Those that contend against you shall be destroyed and cannot withstand the gospel and the unity that you have
but b of your salvation,
CONVERSELY, living holy lives, living in unity with the saints, and persevering for the gospel prove your salvation
and that from God.
FURTHERMORE, all of these are from God!
For c it has been granted to you
FOR it was given to you for a purpose
that for the sake of Christ
THE PURPOSE IS THAT Christ might be glorified
you should not only believe in him
AND JUST AS YOU SHALL MIMIC CHRIST IN GLORY, you shall mimic him in life, not only in his believing (for the glory of God)
but also b suffer for his sake,
BUT ALSO (FURTHERMORE) in his suffering (for the glory of God)
engaged in the same d conflict that e you saw I had
JUST AS I, Paul, have mimicked and contended for Christlikeness in my life
and now hear that I still have.
AND still mimic and contend for till he brings me home.