Those Boring Openings

This is the first post in a series of devotional-style posts about the book of Philippians. My goal is to publish three pages per week until I get through the whole book.

Paul and Timothy, bond-servants of Christ Jesus, to all the saints in Christ Jesus who are in Philippi, including the overseers and deacons: Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. (Philippians 1:1-2)

The book of Philippians starts off with one of the most common types of introductions. In the title of this page, I called it boring as something of a joke, but with a ring of truth to it. It doesn’t seem helpful when reading through the Bible.

But, then I have to remember that the people Paul was writing to were REAL PEOPLE! Nowadays, we tend to think of them as just nameless somebodies, who died two millennia ago. They’re not very interesting to our modern, sophisticated selves.

Or ARE they?

While I don’t agree on some of the doctrines of the Catholic Church, there is at least one I agree with: Communion of the Saints. It’s the doctrine that all Christians, alive or dead, are one unity with each other in Christ.

If I’m correct, this means they’re not just nameless nobodies from the past. They are my living brothers and sisters in Christ. Hebrews 12:2 tells us we have a great cloud of witnesses surrounding us. Hebrews is referring to the Old Testament saints in chapter eleven, sometimes called faith’s hall of fame.

But, the Philippians Paul is writing to are in the same great cloud of witnesses. They’re watching us.

With that thought, the first two verses of Philippians don’t seem quite so boring, do they?

The next post in this series is:

Remembering Us

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