A Family from Strangers

21 Greet every saint in Christ Jesus. The brethren who are with me greet you. 22 All the saints greet you, especially those of Caesar’s household (Philippians 4).

Paul makes it a point to emphasize unanimity in greetings so that no one is left out.  Everyone needs to be greeted and everyone needs to greet — even slaves in service to Caesar.  Isn’t it interesting that Paul mentions these these only as an aside, without further explanation or teaching?  Did he simply fear drowning the profundity with too many words?  I think it very well could be.

Surely the Philippians must have taken in a quiet gasp as they read the words.  Paul didn’t write “including” them (as he did when he opened his letter with “including the overseers and deacons” (1:1) — no, he wrote “especially” them.  No doubt there were many within the group who had made it a point to tell Paul, “Be sure to greet them for us!  Be sure to let them know we are with them in spirit!”  Oh, such is the power of the Gospel!  It brings people together, building a family from strangers.

Lord, we thank You for this huge family the Gospel is building.  May we as a church family do our part This Day to bring strangers into it.  Amen.