Verse of the Day: Philippians 1:3

I think it can be so easy for us to pass over so many of Paul’s greetings in his epistles.
We are eager to read what he has to say as instruction to the churches. However, his salutation is as much inspired by the Holy Spirit as the content of his letters. After all, it is included in the scriptures. There is no asterisk saying:

*Skip ahead to instructional section.

Instead we find Paul’s soothing introductory words:

1 ¶ Paul and Timothy, servants of Christ Jesus: To all the saints in Christ Jesus who are in Philippi, including the overseers and deacons.
2 ¶ Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
3 ¶ I give thanks to my God for every remembrance of you,
4 always praying with joy for all of you in my every prayer,
5 because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now.
( Philippians )

1 ¶ Paul, called as an apostle of Christ Jesus by God’s will, and Sosthenes our brother:
2 ¶ To the church of God at Corinth, to those sanctified in Christ Jesus, called as saints, with all those in every place who call on the name of Jesus Christ our Lord — both their Lord and ours.
3 ¶ Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
( 1 Corinthians )

1 ¶ Paul, an apostle — not from men or by man, but by Jesus Christ and God the Father who raised him from the dead —
2 and all the brothers who are with me: To the churches of Galatia.
3 ¶ Grace to you and peace from God the Father and our Lord Jesus Christ,
4 who gave himself for our sins to rescue us from this present evil age, according to the will of our God and Father.
5 To him be the glory forever and ever. Amen.
( Galatians )

1 ¶ Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by God’s will: To the faithful saints in Christ Jesusfn at Ephesus.fn
2 ¶ Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
( Ephesians )

Paul’s greetings are an encouragement to the faithful saints in Christ. They show how much Paul loved them, that they weren’t forgotten, that they are all united by common faith, and that Christ and the gospel are always the central focus of the Church.

These words are also meant for us today.

Let us never forget:

*To keep pressing each other on toward the prize..
*To show our love for our fellow believers.
*Christ is our focus.
*We’re in this race together.
*We live in evil times, but Christ is our rescue.

So, whenever we are tempted to skip over introductions and greetings, instead, draw strength from them. They are God’s word.

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