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January 6th, 2018 - Phil 1:1-2

                     Daily Devotional <> Saturday <> January 6, 2018

                     Paul's Greeting to the Philippians <> Philippians 1:1-2

                             Point of Contact: Bro. Ben Van Winkle

 

   Paul & Timothy are together here in the opening of this Epistle. Timothy had been with Paul when he visited Philippi before so he was not a stranger there. Paul was now an aged Apostle, & Timothy was the younger. This is a union like Springtime & Autumn: enthusiasm & experience; impulse & wisdom; tender hope with quiet & rich assurance.

   Both these men consider themselves bond servants of Jesus Christ. They both love their master. Calvary binds them together in service of their Savior forever.

   This letter is addressed to all the saints in Christ Jesus who are in Philippi, with the bishops & deacons. Paul had an affectionate interest in all the Lord's people. The saints in Christ Jesus who are in Philippi describes the dual position of the believers. As to their spiritual status, they were set apart by God in Christ Jesus.

   Then the Apostle mentions the bishops & deacons. The bishops of course were the overseers of the assembly <> those who took a pastoral interest in the flock of God & who led the flock by their godly example. The deacons, on the other hand, were the servants of the church who were chiefly concerned with its material affairs.

   There was only these three groups in the church <> Saints, bishops & deacons. If there had been clergy in charge, Paul would have mentioned them, also. Instead he speaks only of bishops & deacons.

   Here is a picture of the simplicity of church life in the early church. The saints are mentioned first, then their spiritual guides, & last, their servants. That is all! Just those three.

   Paul's characteristic greeting he wishes for the saints: Grace & Peace. Grace which comes to the sinner is not so much that, which comes at conversion as it is the grace which he must constantly obtain at the throne of grace to help in every time of need (Hebrews 4:16) The peace which Paul craves for them, is not so much the peace with God, which is theirs already, as the peace of God which comes through prayer & thanksgiving (4:6,7) There is no mistaking here that Paul sees Jesus as God (John 5:23)