Bro. Tom’s Weekly Bible Study
  Week #68
Posted: December 15, 2005

IN CHRIST
A Study of Positional Truths

Paul’s closing IN CHRIST phrase of Philippians in found in the middle of a closing doxology of praise.  The doxology says, Now unto God and our Father be glory forever and ever Amen.  Salute every saint IN CHIST Jesus.  The brethren which are with me greet you.  All the saints salute you, chiefly they that are Caesar’s household.  The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen.”

Paul breaks out in a high note of a doxology of praise after receiving the offering from Epaphoditus.  He expounds on this offering in verse 19 when he says, “But my God shall supply all your need…”  The word ‘supply’ means to satisfy to the full.  The text tells us that God doesn’t supply out of His riches but ‘according’ to His riches.  In supplying our needs He uses His own wealth as the measuring value of what we need.  He desires for his children to be well taken care of.  The word ‘riches’ is the word wealth.  How wealthy is our God?  He owns it all! 

I went to a high church Bible College.  When after taking the offering in a service they would sing the doxology as a prayer.  The doxology said, “Praise God from whom all blessings flow, Praise Him all creatures here below, Praise Him above all the heavenly host, Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. Amen.”  I see after this weighty, full, and overwhelming offering from the church at Philippi, Paul breaks out in a doxology of praise. 

This doxology has its roots in EXULTATION OF THE FATHER.  Paul sees God as his personal Father.  This is a phrase of utter dependence.  Paul is taking up a childlike position in this doxology.  He is giving glory to the Father.  The word ‘glory’ is a word of the highest exultation and adoration.  He sees God the Father as the highest of the high, the greatest of the great, and the mightiest of the mighty.  This glory is given not just now for the present but Paul intends to give the Father the glory forever.  He closes this part of the doxology with a resounding Amen.  This word means, so be it. 

This doxology has its roots in an EXHORTATION FOR THE FAITHFUL.  Paul says in verses 21-22 that all the saints with him send their regard to this great church.  Two groups send their greetings.  One group Paul calls the ‘brethren’. (Vs. 21)  The word means those of the same womb, those who have the same common birth of salvation and Heavenly Father as these church folks who send their regards.  Truly this would be uplifting to the church at Philippi.  The other group is those of ‘Caesars household’.  This would be the royal guard that has been guarding Paul.  How the church would rejoice in the great salvation of these men saved from such a pagan background.  This would be a definite reason for a doxology of praise.

The doxology also has its roots in an EXPECTATION FOR THE FAVORED.  Paul tells them that ‘grace is flowing from the Lord Jesus Christ unto them’. (Vs. 25)  Grace is God’s undeserving favor shown to us.  It is like water, it flows to the lowest point.  When we think of the provisions of our God could we do less than say, “Praise Him, Praise Him, Praise Him”. 

 

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