Friday, February 20, 2009

Encouraging News in the Salvation of Others

Philip. 4:14-23 (ESV)
Yet it was kind of you to share my trouble. [15] And you Philippians yourselves know that in the beginning of the gospel, when I left Macedonia, no church entered into partnership with me in giving and receiving, except you only. [16] Even in Thessalonica you sent me help for my needs once and again. [17] Not that I seek the gift, but I seek the fruit that increases to your credit. [18] I have received full payment, and more. I am well supplied, having received from Epaphroditus the gifts you sent, a fragrant offering, a sacrifice acceptable and pleasing to God. [19] And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus. [20] To our God and Father be glory forever and ever. Amen.
[21] Greet every saint in Christ Jesus. The brothers who are with me greet you. [22] All the saints greet you, especially those of Caesar's household.
[23] The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit.
All the Saints greet you, especially those of Caesar’s household. That must have sent joy immeasurable to the Philippians. It was the fruit increasing to their credit. They alone had been supporting Paul in his imprisonment. But what was coming of their gifts? Undoubtedly they didn’t give demanding status reports concerning Paul’s effectiveness. They gave to Paul out of love. But the angels in heaven rejoice over one convert. So Christians are overjoyed to hear of converts. Here we see Paul encouraging others with the good news of another’s salvation. And perhaps even a little bragging. Here Paul was not only converting people in Rome. Here not only were the saints in Rome increasing. But now even as Paul was preparing to defend himself in front of Caesar, he had been able to convert at least a few who were of his household. He was converting people right under Caesars nose. Perhaps it was sons and daughters of Caesar, nephews and nieces, most likely Caesars slaves. But nonetheless it had to be encouraging to know that the Gospel worked even there.

1 comment:

Slider Glutton said...

"But nonetheless it had to be encouraging to know that the Gospel worked even there."

If the gospel can work inside this wretched man (me)...than it can work anywhere, anytime.