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Disciple-Life: A Life of Joy and Happiness in Christ - Introduction (1 of 15)
Series: Disciple-Life: A Life of Joy and Happiness in Christ
Copyright © 2010, Gerald D. Branch
Philippians 1:1 (NASB95)
1 Paul and Timothy, bond-servants of Christ Jesus, To all the saints in Christ Jesus who are in Philippi, including the overseers and deacons: 2 Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
Bond servants of Christ: Paul starts his Greeting first identifying himself and Timothy, who was also known to the church at Philippi, and he calls himself and Timothy, "bond-servants" of Christ Jesus.
This is not an unusual thing for Paul to say…all throughout his letters in the New Testament, he often referred to himself as a 'bond-servant of Jesus'…
So often when we think of a slave, we think of the person who was captured or sold into slavery against his or her will. But Paul is using this word, 'bond-servant' as NOT a reference to himself being put into slavery to Jesus Christ against his or her will…but instead, he is a WILLING bond-servant to Jesus, in other words, he has willing entered into a permanent relation of servitude to Jesus Christ, and Paul's will is freely subject to the will of his Lord and Master, Jesus Christ.
This is also the same attitude we should have today as followers of Christ…an attitude of being a 'bond-servant' to Jesus, where we also, have entered into that permanent relationship of surrender to Jesus, where we put our wills under His will, living under His protection, living under His leadership, living under His Power, living under His Joy and Peace.
To ALL the saints in Jesus (living in Philippi)…
As way of background, the letter to the church at Philippi was probably the most happy letter that the apostle Paul ever wrote, and even thought it does contain a few warnings, Paul did not seem to be giving them any 'corrective teaching' to combat heresy or sinful ...
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