Life Application Study Bible 3rd Edition NLT - Flipbook - Page 89
2 Tim 4:22
P h i l i pp i a n s
Paul’s Final Greetings
21Give my greetings to each of God’s holy people—all who belong to Christ J
brothers who are with me send you their greetings. 22And all the rest of God’s people
send you greetings, too, especially those in Caesar’s household.
23May the grace of the Lord J
esus Christ be with your spirit.*
4:23 Some manuscripts add Amen.
4:22 There were many Christians in Rome; some were even in Caesar’s
household. Perhaps Paul, while awaiting trial, was making converts of the
Roman civil service! Paul sent greetings from these Roman Christians to
the believers at Philippi. The Good News had spread to all strata of society,
linking people who had no other bond but Christ. The Roman Christians
and the Philippian Christians were brothers and sisters because of their
unity in Christ. Believers today are also linked to others across cultural,
economic, and social barriers. Because all believers are brothers and
sisters in Christ, let us live like God’s true family.
4:23 In many ways, the Philippian church was a model congregation.
It was made up of many different kinds of people who were learning to
work together. But Paul recognized that problems could arise, so in his
thank-you letter he prepared the Philippians for difficulties that could
crop up within a body of believers. Although a prisoner in Rome, Paul
had learned the true secret of joy and p eace—imitating Christ and serving
others. By focusing our minds on Christ, we will learn unity, humility,
joy, and peace. We will also be motivated to live for him, and we will be
examples for others to follow. We can do this confidently because we
have “the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ” with us.