Believers Encourage One Another
21 Greet every saint in Christ Jesus. The brothers who are with me send you greetings. 22 All the saints send you greetings, especially those who belong to Caesar’s household. 23 The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit. (Philippians 4:21-23)
Closing the letter of encouragement to the church at Philippi, Paul gives a benediction of grace, a feature that is regularly implemented into Paul’s letters, stating, “Greet every saint in Christ Jesus.” Every believer is a saint, not because of holy living or performing miracles, but through the gift of salvation through the work on the cross by Jesus Christ. Paul also shares that other believers are greeting the church, meaning that they are praying for them, “The brothers who are with me send you greetings. We see this greeting extends from believers that are Caesar’s employees, such as servants and even the guards chained to Paul, “All the saints send you greetings, especially those who belong to Caesar’s household.” Finally, in verse 23, Paul reminds the believers how they are all unified together, through the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, bringing them harmoniously together through the Holy Spirit.
The letter to the church at Philippi has been a positive one of encouragement, with Paul citing many of the good actions that the believers at this church were doing to advance the kingdom of God. Paul encouraged them to continue on living for Christ, following his own example, that even though he is in chains, Paul still finds joy in this life, serving Christ by encouraging other believers through these letters and sharing the gospel to even his guards. In the same manner, may we have a relationship like Paul and the church at Philippi, constantly motivating one another in our walk with Christ, encouraging one another to continue to share the gospel, celebrating the victories, and supporting one another through whatever means the Lord has blessed us with.
Isaac De Guzman