Dec. 28, 2020

What Does Philippians 4:21-23 Mean?

What Does Philippians 4:21-23 Mean?

Philippians 4:21–23 (NIV): 21 Greet all God’s people in Christ Jesus. The brothers and sisters who are with me send greetings. 22 All God’s people here send you greetings, especially those who belong to Caesar’s household.  23 The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit. Amen.

Today, we end our verse-by-verse study of Philippians.

In these final verses, Paul sends greetings from those who are around him. Listen now to this 2-minute Bible study to see how good our God was to Paul (even while in prison).

This verse gives us great insight to God's ability to use our gifts no matter where we are. 

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Transcript

Hey, welcome to The Simple Truth. I’m Julie Carruth

Today, our exploration of Paul’s letter to the believers in Philippi comes to an end as Paul ends it with greetings, as written in Philippians chapter 4 verses 21-22, “Greet all God’s people in Christ Jesus. The brothers and sisters who are with me send greetings. 22 All God’s people here send you greetings, especially those who belong to Caesar’s household.”

So, Paul is sending greetings to the church in Philippi from brothers and sisters in Christ AND from Caesar’s household. “Caesar’s household” was a phrase used for the Imperial Civil Service. These were the people responsible for day-to-day administration of the Roman empire, and of course, this also refers to the Roman guards. Remember those guys that were chained to Paul in 6-hour shifts, 24/7? Paul had a captive audience with these powerfully influential men. We can only imagine the stories that they must’ve heard and the miracles they witnessed Paul perform, and because of it, they gave their lives to Christ. 

To me, what’s incredible here is that Paul had always wanted to go to Rome and preach the gospel message.  In Romans chapter 1, Paul indicated that he wanted to go to Rome but, at the time of Paul’s letter to the Romans, God had not permitted Paul to go – yet. 

But that didn’t stop Paul from continuing to pray for an open door. (And can we say be careful what you pray for because God answered Paul’s prayer by opening the door straight into prison. Lol) And yet, without that captive audience Paul had with those Roman soldiers chained to him, he wouldn’t have had the influential power or opportunity to speak directly to the very heart of the Roman empire. God’s message of salvation had infiltrated the greatest empire in the world. 

And Paul brings the letter to a close with these final words, “The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit. Amen.” 

So, your simple Truth for today: You just never know where God will use to change someone’s life. It may be in the line at the grocery store, on a crowded bus, or even inside prison walls. May we have the courage to proclaim Christ no matter where God sends us. 

Hey, be sure to listen in next time as we tell the rest of the story. Like what happened to Paul? AND learn more about Caesar Nero – just a little hint – that was one crazy, messed up man, and some claim Paul’s testimony might have had something to do with. Oh, you know you’ve gotta listen now!

Have a blessed day. I’ll see you soon.