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Philippians 4:21-23

Before we start today I just wanted to apologize for replaying to all the post from the past 3 days last night, I was out of town and in Alaska just going 10 miles out of town and you have no phone or internet. But thanks for all the great post.

Also tomorrow we start Colossians it should take us about 12 days then we will start Proverbs after that. So thanks again for coming to your blog and studying with us.

Philippians 4:21-23

New King James Version (NKJV)

Final Greetings

21 Greet all God’s people in Christ Jesus. The brothers and sisters who are with me send greetings. 22 All God’s people here send you greetings, especially those who belong to Caesar’s household.

23 The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit. Amen.

My Thoughts:

I was going to add this to yesterday’s studies but I changed my mind because I believe we would have passed over some good thoughts we can get from these three verses.

  1. Let’s start with (v. 21) we read “Greet all God’s people in Christ Jesus. The brothers and sisters who are with me send greetings.”
    1.  During the time of Nero’s rule Paul was imprisoned. we know that for a while Epaphroditus was with him and now Timothy was there, but it appears that Paul’s imprisonment did serve a purpose. He most have helped more people come to Christ.
    2. It sounds like Paul may have had the first prison ministry.
  2. In (v. 22) we read “All God’s people here send you greetings, especially those who belong to Caesar’s household.”
    1. Again we do not know for sure how many or even who Paul is talking about by it does seem like quite a lot.
    2. And when I read “those who belong to Caesar’s Household” it appears that the fact that Nero had him imprisoned, back fired because now people in his house were Christians.
  3. Let’s finish with (v.23) “The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit. Amen”
    1. When I read “The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit” it makes me think of a sermon on 3 John I preached and in that sermon John talks about Demetrius and how he has a good testimony. Now to me that mean that he has the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ in his spirit and the funny thing is that people with Christ in them, they attract others. So the point I am making is that Paul is sending them a blessing and telling them that they too will attract others if they allow Christ in their lives.

Thought of the Day

God’s Word promises riches that money cannot buy.

…that you may know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance. —Ephesians 1:18

Do you want to be rich? Do you think your faith will bring you riches? What kind of riches are you looking for?

There’s good news and bad news if wealth is what you want. The good news is that God’s Word does promise riches to the believer. The “bad” news is that it doesn’t have anything to do with money.

Here are some examples of the riches that can be ours as believers in Jesus Christ:

An understanding of God the Father and the Son, “in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge” (Colossians 2:2-3).

Christ, “the hope of glory,” living in us (Colossians 1:27).

Mighty strength in our inner being, “through His Spirit” (Ephesians 3:16).

Having all our needs met by God (Philippians 4:19).

The “wisdom and knowledge of God” (Romans 11:33).

“Redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins,” which comes from God’s grace (Ephesians 1:7).

Yes, God’s Word promises us great riches and treasures that we cannot even attempt to purchase with any amount of money. It is these riches that we must seek, enjoy, and use to glorify their source our heavenly Father.—Dave Branon

The treasures of earth are not mine,

I hold not its silver and gold;

But a treasure far greater is mine;

I have riches of value untold. —Hartzler

Personal Reflection and Discussion

  1. What do think Paul meant in (v. 22)?
  2. Do you have the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ in your spirit?
  3. What other things do you see in the text?

Prayer Activities

  1. Call your Partner and discuss this devotional.
  2. Continue to have a prayer list and continue to praying for them.
  3. Pray with them and ask for the following;
    1. For God to help you find all people find the grace of Jesus Christ.
    2. For God to strengthen us through Christ.
    3. For the individuals on your pray list.
  4. Let’s use (Isaiah 44:6-8) for today’s prayer verse.

About bobh6

I am Seventh-day Adventist pastor in the Texas Panhandle

4 comments on “Philippians 4:21-23

  1. Rosi
    September 7, 2011

    Paul was a man with a mission. He was going to spread the gospel wherever he was and in whatever way he could. God used him to reach people he might not have reached by preaching in the streets or in the synagogue. Ceasars household held not only his family, but officials in the Roman government and servants. I like the thought that walking with the Lord attracts others to us. The Holy Spirit works in amazing ways. I have noticed that christians do tend to gravitate to other christians. When I was younger, I led a different life than I have now. I run into people I used to hang out with and they are not comfortable with who I am now. I try not to appear judgemental and certainly don’t put them down. I like these people still but we have nothing in common. The fun I have with my church family is so much more fun than I ever had before and it is pleasing to God, I hope. We all need the grace of our Lord.

    • bobh6
      September 11, 2011

      I find that the things I did back before I was a Christian really does not have the same appeal any more, and for that I am grateful. I also pray daily that I may attract others and bring them to Christ.

  2. Amalia Mullen
    September 10, 2011

    True love is able to transcend distance, culture and even…ever meeting. They’re connected, to and by, the source of love and life…God. God never wanted man to feel lonely. He puts the lonely in families. It always fascinates me that it’s plural. What a rich blessing to not be limited to just your biological family (which could disown) but be connected to an endless (ever growing) family in Christ. No matter where in the country or world I go, I always felt connected to my church families there. It helps also to walk into any church and see the same set up as our church back home.

    • bobh6
      September 11, 2011

      I agree with you, I have people from in my church and other churches that I have been a pastor that I would do anything for and I know they would do the same for me, is that not a family does for each other?

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