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Philippians 1:2-5 (3 of 17)
Dr. Ernest L. Easley
May 7, 1997
If there is anything that's lacking in the lives of most Christians it is joy! Real .. honest to goodness .. joy!
Not happiness .. but joy! Happiness is a result of the things that happen to you. Your happen-stance. Happiness comes from the external. Joy comes from the internal. Do you see it? Happiness comes from what happens to you. Joy comes from what happens in you!
Joy is the flag that flies above the castle of your heart ... announcing that the King is in residence! May I ask you on this Wednesday night: are people around you aware that the King is in residence of your life?
Well .. that's what we're learning on these Wednesday nights from the book of Philippeans: Paul's joy letter to the first church established in Europe! He is in prison in Rome! He is chained to a Roman guard! He is old and worn out! His circumstances were not good and yet he writes, "I rejoice" ... "I am so full of joy"... "You should rejoice" ... "Rejoice always .. again I say rejoice."
Last Wednesday night we carefully looked at verse 1, "Paul and Timothy, servants of Jesus Christ, To all the saints in Christ Jesus who are in Philippi, with the bishops and deacons:"
Now as he continues his greeting he writes in verse 2, "Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ." Look at those two words: Grace and Peace! Grace and Peace!
What is "grace?" Well .. the word Paul uses here was a word of greeting in that day! If you were walking down the street in that day .. you would have heard people greeting each other by using this word translated "grace."
We would say, "Good morning" .. "Good afternoon." The next time you greet somebody you ought to smile and say, "Grace" and see what they do!
Now .. there's another meaning for this word "grace." It was used in that day to describe a person who did somebody a favor with no thought of being rewarded. I me ...
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