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Philippians – Made Sons and Brothers by God’s Grace

09 Aug

Hello again!

This is what God gave me today in his word:

And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ. It is right for me to feel this way about you all, because I hold you in my heart, for you are all partakers with me of grace, both in my imprisonment and in the defense and confirmation of the gospel. (Philippians 1:6-7)

One main thing springs to (my) mind here; what did Paul mean that we are partakers with him of grace, both in his imprisonment and in the defense of and confirmation of the gospel (of Jesus). I’m fairly sure when he talks about us being partakers with him in grace, he’s talking about the grace we were(/are/will be) given when Christ died for our sins. But how can we be partakers with Paul if we’re in prison? That sure doesn’t seem to me like having the grace of God on us!

5 He predestined us to adoption as sons through Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the kind intention of His will, 6 to the praise of the glory of His grace, which He freely bestowed on us in the Beloved. (Ephesians 1:5-6)

Having God’s grace on us, as Paul inferred in this part of his letter, having God’s grace doesn’t necessarily mean we’ll live a happy little life. In fact, it pretty much promises hardship! Having God’s grace, means to be a child of God. Children of God, aren’t children of “the world”.

Do not love the world or anything in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. (1 John 2:15)

In short; Paul’s mini-point was, simply put, having God’s grace doesn’t mean having easy life, it means you believe Jesus Christ died and rose again for you, so that you may have eternal life and become a child of God! And as a child of God, defend and confirm the Gospel (of Jesus). – And in doing that, we get a brotherly and sisterly sort of bond to other believers, as Paul said in the above verse in Philippians:

And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ. It is right for me to feel this way about you all, because I hold you in my heart, for you are all partakers with me of grace,

All in all, we have, through God’s giving us grace on the cross, we have become sons of God, and brothers with other Christians, and even Christ (Romans 8:17)!

You are loved!

Joshua Cleveland

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