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A Special Greeting (1 of 15)
The Book of Philippians: A Verse by Verse Study
The book of Philippians is Paul's prison letter from Rome to the saints at Philippi. In it, he covers a wide spectrum of issues. However, the overriding theme, it seems, is encouragement and motivation to Christian service.
I would like to give you three points to our outline:
I. Paul's Greeting
II. Paul's Prayer
III. Paul's Confidence
I. PAUL'S GREETING (VV. 1, 2)
It was a brotherly greeting. Notice (vs.12), he refers to them as "brethren." In (vs.1), his letter is addressed to "all the saints in Christ Jesus." Any person who is a saint in Christ Jesus is a brother in the family of God.
Before I was saved, I use to think it sounded kind of strange to hear Christians refer to one another as "brother" or "sister." Once I became a Christian, it no longer sounded strange...it now had an endearing sound to me.
When I was with Shane just before he died, I sat by his bedside and held his hand and prayed with him. As I was leaving, the last thing I said to him was, "I love you, brother." He could barely speak, but he said, "I love you, too, pastor."
Paul felt this way about the saints at Philippi. In Romans 12:10, he wrote, "Be kindly affectioned one to another with brotherly love; in honour preferring one another."
Also, it was a benevolent greeting (vs.2). He greeted them with two things or two blessings from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ: Grace and peace. Grace (??????) means the undeserved favor and blessings of God. Grace is what we receive when we are saved. Paul put it like this: "Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus" (Romans 3:24).
QUOTE: A. W. Tozer once defined grace in this way: Grace is the good pleasure of God that inclines him to bestow benefits upon the undeserving. It is a self-existent principle inherent in the divin ...
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