Philippians 4:20-23 To our God and Father be glory for ever and ever. Amen. Greet all the saints in Christ Jesus. The brothers who are with me send greetings. All the saints send you greetings, especially those who belong to Caesar's household. The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit. Amen.
Don’t You Love A Happy Ending? • Especially happy endings to Bible epistles. • The ending to Philippians is a beautiful, happy ending.
A Religion Called Christianity • Let’s explore together the glorious existence called Christianity. • Let’s see why we should always feel richly blessed.
All Glory to God • All blessings come from God. • All glory goes to God
Glorify God For who He is! • Romans 11:33-36 -- Oh, the depth of the riches of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable his judgments, and his paths beyond tracing out! "Who has known the mind of the Lord? Or who has been his counselor?" "Who has ever given to God, that God should repay him?" For from him and through him and to him are all things. To him be the glory forever! Amen.
Glorify God For His Power • Ephesians 3:20-21 -- Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.
Glorify God For His Love! • Jude 24-25 -- To him who is able to keep you from falling and to present you before his glorious presence without fault and with great joy— to the only God our Savior be glory, majesty, power and authority, through Jesus Christ our Lord, before all ages, now and forevermore! Amen.
AMEN: What does it mean? • Originated in Hebrew • Adopted into Greek, Latin, English, Spanish, etc. according to its sound (Transliterated, rather than translated) • Means to be firm or solid in permanence • To be sure, faithful, or true or dependable • Jesus says “Verily, verily” (Amen, Amen) • Isaiah 65:16 – the God of Truth (Amen) • In application: “That’s right!” “Let it be!”
From His Saints • Paul presents a salute from all the saints and to all the saints: • The letter was to the saints at Philippi • The saints send their greetings. • The church at Philippi is to greet the saints. • Who are the saints?
1 Corinthians 1:2 • What is a saint? • “To the church of God in Corinth, to those sanctified in Christ Jesus and called to be holy, together with all those everywhere who call on the name of our Lord Jesus Christ—their Lord and ours:” • A saint is one called to be holy…
1 Samuel 2:8-9 • “He raises the poor from the dust and lifts the needy from the ash heap; he seats them with princes and has them inherit a throne of honor. "For the foundations of the earth are the LORD's; upon them he has set the world. • He will guard the feet of his saints, but the wicked will be silenced in darkness. "It is not by strength that one prevails….” • God protects His saints!
Psalm 34:8-10 • “Taste and see that the LORD is good; blessed is the man who takes refuge in him. • Fear the LORD, you his saints, for those who fear him lack nothing. • The lions may grow weak and hungry, but those who seek the LORD lack no good thing. • Am I a saint?
Revelation 19:6-8 • Then I heard what sounded like a great multitude, like the roar of rushing waters and like loud peals of thunder, shouting: "Hallelujah! For our Lord God Almighty reigns. Let us rejoice and be glad and give him glory! For the wedding of the Lamb has come, and his bride has made herself ready. Fine linen, bright and clean, was given her to wear." (Fine linen stands for the righteous acts of the saints.)
Through The Grace of Jesus • Jesus IS grace • John 1:14-18 • The Word became flesh and dwelt among us. • We beheld His glory, as of the only Begotten, full of grace and truth. • From the fullness of His grace we have all received one blessing after another. • Grace and truth came through Jesus Christ.
Romans 3:23-25 • We NEED Grace • “…for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus. God presented him as a sacrifice of atonement, through faith in his blood. He did this to demonstrate his justice, because in his forbearance he had left the sins committed beforehand unpunished—”
2 Corinthians 9:7-9 • God GIVES abundant grace • “Each man should give what he has decided in his heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work. As it is written: "He has scattered abroad his gifts to the poor; his righteousness endures forever."
2 Timothy 1:8-10 • Grace WORKS! • “So do not be ashamed to testify about our Lord…who has saved us and called us to a holy life—not because of anything we have done but because of his own purpose and grace. This grace was given us in Christ Jesus before the beginning of time, but it has now been revealed through the appearing of our Savior, Christ Jesus, who has destroyed death and has brought life and immortality to light through the gospel.
Romans 16:20 • Grace WINS! • The God of peace will soon crush Satan under your feet. The grace of our Lord Jesus be with you.
Amen! So – how’s that for a happy ending? God is good! All the time! Let’s give glory to God’s name by being the people of righteousness He called us to be. We have great blessing in Christ. Let’s live the Christian life to the fullest! Karpe Gratia! Seize the grace!