THE BOOK OF PHILIPPIANS
J. Deering, AncientPath.net
Paul's Final Salutation and Benediction to the Philippians
20 Now to our God and Father be the glory forever and ever. Amen.
Paul in absolute humility. May the glory - be to our God and Father. Not Paul's glory, not the Philippian glory, but ALL GLORY be to our God and Father.
ALL GLORY then, now, forever, and ever after that. Amen!
Salutations and Benedictions 4:21-23
21 Greet every saint in Christ Jesus. The brethren who are with me greet you. 22 All the saints greet you, especially those of Caesar’s household.
Paul's last moments writing to the Philippians are all wrapped up in the UNITY of the saints. The book has been much about UNITY. The unity of believers, one to another, are a picture (metaphor, type) of the unity that the Father has with the Son and the Holy Spirit - one to another in perfect concord and agreement. Each one considering the other to be better than themselves.
Once again it is the picture found in the Upper Room - Almighty God, reduced to a man for our sakes, taking a bowl of water and washing the dirty feet of men - esteeming each one of them as more important than Himself. If you don't see this as the finest example of what Christians and Christianity should be - then you have missed the most important less the New Testament has to offer. The very Character of God - esteeming everyone else to be more important - that they might be saved.
23 The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit.
Grace be with you
Grace the outflow of God's Character
Grace the clear and present evidence of His presence
Christ With You
Grace - the Very Character of God.
New American Standard Bible (NASB)
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