“The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen.”
Paul’s usual practice was to close his epistles with an emphasis upon God’s matchless grace. Paul concludes Philippians with a closing prayer for them. The prayers of the saints often reveal their heart. Paul’s heart was that the Philippians would experience the grace of God.
The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all.
Paul makes his final and crowning comment–he wants them to experience the grace of God day by day.
This is more than a formal or customary greeting. The greeting has deep meaning to Paul. This is the deepest desire of the apostle. Paul above all else wants the Philippians to experience God’s grace upon their lives. Grace is a centerpiece in the salutations and conclusions of Paul’s epistles.
The Lord Jesus Christ is the source of grace:
“For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though He was rich, yet for your sakes He became poor, that you through His poverty might become rich” (2 Co 8:9).
“The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the Holy Spirit be with you all. Amen.” (2 Co 13:14).
“Amen” means “so be it.” Paul affirms his belief system: “May the Philippians experience the grace of God day by day in their lives.”
Principle: The grace of God is a central operating principle for Christian living. The grace of God is his provisions for us. He gives these provisions without merit.
Application: Are you conscious of God’s provisions in your life? Do you know what those provisions are? Are you able to use those provisions for what you face day by day? Is the grace of God operative in your experience? Is the grace of God “with you?”