A large part of our giving glory to God our Father and Jesus Christ our Lord is actually found in our greetings, love, and fellowship with our fellow saints.
Philippians 4:20-23, 20 Now to our God and Father be glory forever and ever. Amen. 21 Greet every saint in Christ Jesus. The brethren who are with me greet you. 22 All the saints greet you, but especially those who are of Caesar's household. 23 The grace of our Lord Jesus be with you all, amen”
What an awesome position to be in having God as our Father. I am amazed at the number of people in the world that are hesitant to enter into the kingdom of God because they are afraid they will have to give up something. It actually sounds stupid when you look at it from a whole; enter into the kingdom of God and receive more blessings than you can imagine verses stay in the world and in sin holding on to what little you have.
We are to greet every saint with love and most are willing to do that, but few understand that every Christian is a saint. The church tends to hold great names high and belittle the average person in Christ, but the word of God calls all followers of Jesus; saints. Those who are sanctified in Christ Jesus are called to be saints, 1 Corinthians 1:2. When Paul adds, but especially those who are of Caesar's household, is a covert message in telling us that even the servants in the house of the man holding him in prison, have heard Paul’s message of the gospel and believed. That is a powerful statement which shows us the power of the gospel in a believer’s life. The gospel can and should go out regardless of the location or circumstances. It is not our might that makes the gospel so powerful it is the Holy Spirit working through a willing vessel, not even a perfect vessel, just a willing one. That is the Power of Grace.
Verse 23, “The grace of our Lord Jesus be with you all, amen” It is the grace of Jesus that gives us the strength we need. Without his grace we would have nothing and yet He did what He did not in pity, but to restore the ones He loves so much and bring them back to their rightful position; Children of the living God.
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