Simply Grace Encouragement & Enrichment Center - Helping Others Resolve Their Problems, Realize Their Purpose, And Reach Their Potential.
RSS Follow Become a Fan

Recent Posts

Speak The Truth In Love In Context (Ephesians 4:15)
How's Your Prayer Life?
8 Aha! Grace Moments
Have You Been Told This By Your Pastor?
Imagine Grace Churches

Most Popular Posts

Putting People Into God's Grace
TURNING YOUR MISSION STATEMENT INTO A STRATEGIC MINISTRY
Moving Forward Through Forgiveness
6 Reasons Great Leaders Listen
Shame Shame Go Away!

Categories

1 Corinthians
1 Corinthians 1:18
1 Corinthians 13
1 Corinthians 2:9-16
1 Corinthians 3:11-15
1 Corinthians 3:17
1 Corinthians 8:1
1 Corinthians 9:19-22
1 Corinthians 9:24-27
1 John 1:9
1 Timothy 1:7
2 Chronicles 7:14
2 Corinthians 12:8-10
2 Corinthians 3:1-5:21
2 Corinthians 3:17
2 Corinthians 3:7
2 Corinthians 5:13
2 Corinthians 5:17
2 Corinthians 5:21
2 Timothy
2 Timothy 2:23-26
2 Timothy 4:6-7
Acceptance With God
Acts 16
Acts 16:13-15
Acts 2
Acts 20:32
Acts 26:15-18
Acts 28:16-31
Addictions
Anger
Anxiety
Apologetics
Balancing Grace With Truth
Baptized In The Spirit
Believe
Bible Verses In Context
Birth of Christ
Build Each Other Up
Caesar
Caesar's Household
Children Obey Your Parents
Christmas
Christ's Love
Church Growth
Churches
Colossians
Colossians 1:11-14
Colossians 2:10
Comfort
Communication
Complete In Christ
Condemnation
Confession
Contentment
Corinthians
Cut Off Your Hand
Dads
Dangerous Teachings
Depression
Devil
Disappointment With God
Discouragment
Disillusionment With God
Distant From God
Doctrine
Does God Exist?
Drawing Close To God
Drifting From Grace
Epaphroditus
Ephesians
Ephesians 3
Ephesians 4:15
Ephesians 4:29
Ephesians 6
Ephesians 6:10-11
Ephesians 6:12
Ephesians 6:13
Ephesians 6:14
Ephesians 6:16
Ephesians 6:17
Ephesians 6:17b
Ephesians 6:18
Ephesians 6:19-20
Ephesians 6:2-3
Ephesians 6:4
Ephesians 6:5-9
Eternal Life
Euodia and Syntyche
Evangelism
Faith
Fake News
Fall From Grace
Families
Father
Fathers
For Me To Live Is Christ
Forgiveness
Freedom
Fully Devoted Follower Of Jesus
Future
Galatians
Galatians 1:10
Galatians 2:20
Galatians 3:1
Galatians 3:25
Galatians 4:21-31
Galatians 4:4-6
Galatians 5:1
Galatians 5:25
Galatians 5:4
Galatians 6:1-5
Genesis 3:15
Genesis 39
Gentiles
God's Acceptance
God's Glory
God's Love
God's Power
God's Punishment
God's Wrath
Gospel
Gospel of Grace
Gospel of the KIngdom
Grace
Grace-Based Giving
Growing
Guilt
Healing
Hebrews
Hebrews 10
Hebrews 10:25
Hebrews 10:26
Hebrews 10:29
Hebrews 12:1
Hebrews 12:28
Hebrews 2:1
Hebrews 6:1
Hebrews 6:1-4
Hebrews 6:19
Hiring Process
Holy
Homes of Grace
Honor Your Father And Mother
Hope
Humility
Hurts
Identity In Christ
Impossible To Be Brought Back To Repentance
In Christ
Intelligent Design
Isaiah 42:1-2
Isaiah 62:1-2
Jesus' Love
Jews
John 1:14-17
John 3:16
Joseph
Judas
Jude 4
Justification By Faith
Knowing God
Law
Leadership
Legalism
Liberty
Listening
Love
Love The Lord Your God...
Luke 18:18-27
Luke 4:16-22
Luke 6:32-34
Lydia
Managment
Marriage
Mathew 5:29-30
Matthew
Matthew 16:8-12
Matthew 22:34-40
Matthew 6:14-15
Matthew 7:12
Meetings
Missionaries
Mystery
Nero
New Covenant
New Creation In Christ
New Earth
Nicademus
Offspring of Satan
Old Covenant
Opposition To Grace
Paul
Peace
Peace On Earth
Perspective
Pharisees
Philippians
Philippians 1:1
Philippians 1:15-18
Philippians 1:19-26
Philippians 1:2
Philippians 1:21
Philippians 1:27-30
Philippians 1:3-5
Philippians 1:6
Philippians 2:1
Philippians 2:12
Philippians 2:12-13
Philippians 2:1-4
Philippians 2:14-16
Philippians 2:16-18
Philippians 2:19-24
Philippians 2:2
Philippians 2:25-30
Philippians 2:3-4
Philippians 2:5-11
Philippians 3:10-14
Philippians 3:1-3
Philippians 3:15
Philippians 3:17-21
Philippians 3:3-9
Philippians 4:1
Philippians 4:10-19
Philippians 4:20
Philippians 4:21
Philippians 4:22
Philippians 4:23
Philippians 4:2-3
Philippians 4:4-9
Pleasing God
Pluck Out Your Eye
Power
Prayer
Problems
Prodigal Son
Purpose
Reaching Your Goals
Reconciliation
Relationships
Repentance
Responses To Grace
Resting
Rewards
Rightoueness
Romans
Romans 10:4
Romans 14
Romans 15
Romans 3:31
Romans 3:8
Romans 4:14
Romans 7:14-25
Romans 8:5-8
Saint
Satan
Serving
Shame
Sharing Your Faith
Slavery In The Roman Empire
Social Anxiety
Speak The Truth In Love
Spirit-Filled Church
Spirit-Filled Life
Spiritual Blessings
Spiritual Warfare
Strength
Struggling With Sin
Success
Suffering
Suicide
Temptations
Thanksgiving
The Apostle Paul
The Armor of God
The Authenticity of the Bible
The Cross
The Golden Rule
The Kingdom of God
The Kingdom of Heaven
The Lord's Prayer
The Lost
The Lost Coin
The Lost Sheep
The Lost Son
The Mind of Christ
The Prodigal Son
The Rich Young Ruler
The Sermon on the Mount
The Sin That Easily Entangles
The Sword of the Spirit
The Ten Commandments
Thoughts
Timothy
Titus 3:9
Tongues
Truth
Unity
Walking By The Spirit
Weaknesses
Words
Work Out Your Salvation
Workplace
Works
World
Wow Factor
powered by

Brad's Blog

The Grace Of Our Lord Jesus Be With Your Spirit: Paul’s Meaningful Conclusion To His Letter To The Philippian Church

The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit. Amen.”
Philippians 4:23
Paul, The Apostle of Grace


Paul could have concluded his letter to the Philippians any way he chose...with any words he chose. Yet he chose to end his letter, as he does most of his letters, emphasizing the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ and the Philippian believers experience of grace.

Paul did not choose to close his letter this way because it was a nice way to close the letter. No, he chose to conclude his letter this way because the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ had completely changed his life (1 Corinthians 15:10; 1 Timothy 1:12-17), and his assignment in life was to communicate grace to people (Acts 20:24).

When Paul writes that the “grace of the Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit”, it is not an empty, meaningless, nice way to close his letter. Quite the opposite. It is an ending to his letter packed with tremendous meaning and life-transforming truths.

So what does Paul mean when he says, “The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit” and how is this concluding phrase life-transforming?

As we have discovered in our study of Paul’s letter to the Philippians, the grace of God was introduced in Philippi when Paul and his fellow missionaries of grace sat down at the riverside with Lydia and her household. There, the Lord opened Lydia’s heart to receive Paul’s message of grace. Lydia, then, opened her home to Paul and his friends, and from her home the church in Philippi began (Acts 16:13-15).

Paul and his companions, along with Lydia, her household, and those who responded to the good news of God’s grace, enjoyed God’s grace together (Philippians 1:5-7). Paul assured them that God’s grace, which first began to work in them when Lydia responded to Paul’s message of grace, would continue to work in them until the return of Jesus (Philippians 1:6).

It wouldn’t be long, after this grace-based church was established in Philippi, that religious leaders would come and attempt to draw the church away from grace and the righteousness that comes by faith. These religious leaders were seeking to convince the church to become a law-based church, filled with and following legalistic rules, rituals, and regulations to be righteous before God. Paul called these religious leaders “dogs, those evildoers, those mutilators of the flesh” (Philippians 3:2). He strongly encouraged the Philippian church to “watch out” for them.

Because of such antagonism by religious leaders to the message of grace, and their attacks upon the Philippian church, Paul instructed the Philippian believers to “stand firm in one spirit, contending side by side for the faith of the gospel, without being frightened in any way by those who oppose you” (Philippians 1:27-28). Together, the Philippian church would need to stand up for grace by standing together.

The grace of God, given to them in Jesus, was what the Philippian church was founded upon. It was the truth the church would need to fearlessly defend. And now, in closing his letter, Paul has one final word about grace for them: “The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit. Amen.”

These words were encouraging to the Philippians. After teaching them about grace, which impacted their lives greatly, after he instructed them to defend grace, suffering for it if necessary (Philippians 1:29-30), he was now telling them the grace of the Lord Jesus was with their spirit. That is exactly what they needed to hear.

The Philippian believers needed to know that the grace of Jesus was in them...deep inside them. The needed to know, deep in their hearts, they were unconditionally loved, fully forgiven, totally righteous, no longer under law, but under grace, under no condemnation, and at peace with God...all because of the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ. They need to know that Jesus was in and with them, and by his Spirit, was administering grace to them that came from the very heart of God, their loving Father (1 Corinthians 2:6-16; Galatians 4:4-6).

The Philippians would need to be aware of and depend upon this grace, since their days of contending with the religious leaders were not over. They would come again, as wolves in sheep’s clothing, just as they did in Ephesus (Acts 20:29-32). They would need this grace in their own personal weakness, just as Paul did (2 Corinthians 12:9-10). They would need this grace to approach God with confidence (Hebrews 4:16). They would need this grace to be strengthened (Hebrews 13:9). They would need this grace to continue to grow (Colossians 1:3-8). They would need this grace to have grace upon each other, just as God had grace upon them (Ephesians 4:31-32). It was this grace that would teach them to live lives of moral purity and to produce an eagerness to do good, as they waited for the return of Jesus (Titus 2:11-14). 
It was in this grace they would need to stand (Roman 5:1-2).

Therefore, in Paul’s concluding words to the Philippians, he emphasized grace, with a desire for them to experience grace, when he said: “The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit. Amen.”

As we conclude our study on Philippians, the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit. Amen.

To read more of Brad's teachings on Philippians, click below.

Philippians

0 Comments to The Grace Of Our Lord Jesus Be With Your Spirit: Paul’s Meaningful Conclusion To His Letter To The Philippian Church:

Comments RSS

Add a Comment

Your Name:
Email Address: (Required)
Website:
Comment:
Make your text bigger, bold, italic and more with HTML tags. We'll show you how.
Post Comment
Website Builder provided by  Vistaprint