“Greet every saint in Christ Jesus. The brethren who are with me greet you. All the saints greet you, but especially those who are of Caesar’s household. The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen.”—Philippians 4:21–23 (NKJV)
Paul closed this powerful and beautiful letter as he did all his other letters: with an affectionate and warm salutation from himself and those with him. Often, his goodbyes included a general greeting to all the brothers and sisters in the church, but would also include specific names of leaders and prominent figures within the church (Romans, 1 Corinthians, Colossians, and 2 Timothy). Here in Philippians, though, the salutation was in general for all.
The list of “the brethren” who were with Paul at one time or another during his time in Caesarea likely included Timothy, Epaphras, Marcus, Aristarchus, Demas, and Luke (see Colossians 4:10–15 and Philemon). How many of these men where with him when he wrote this is unknown, but the Philippians would have known because Epaphroditus would have shared the names of the ministers who were with Paul— and they would have been men well known to the Philippians.
He also mentioned that all the saints with him sent their regards, particularly “those of Caesar’s household.” This likely refers to the slaves, attendants, and possibly even soldiers who had been saved through Paul’s teaching during his imprisonment.
He ended by saying, “The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen.” And with that same sentiment and salutation, we will close our time together. We pray this study has helped bring joy into your days and enriched your walk with Christ. May the grace of the Lord Jesus be with you, friends!
1. Who are some of the spiritual brothers and sisters God has put in your life? How are you encouraging and praying for them?
2. Reflecting back on the powerful verses of Philippians, which Scripture stands out to you most? How did that verse impact your life?