Jul 2, 2011

Particular Salutations - Php 1:1-2 - Robert Hawker

"Paul and Timotheus, the servants of Jesus Christ, to all the saints in Christ Jesus which are at Philippi, with the bishops and deacons: Grace be unto you, and peace, from God our Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ." [Philippians 1:1-2]

"' all the saints in CHRIST JESUS, Which were at Philippi, with the bishops and deacons.' Saints, in scripture language, means regenerated sinners. Called to be saints, as the Apostle elsewhere terms it. 1 Corinthians 1:2. Similar to the Apostle Jude's expression; sanctified by GOD the FATHER, and preserved in JESUS CHRIST, and called, Jude 1. Reader! it is most essentially necessary to have this always in view, through the whole of this Epistle; yea, in all the inspired writings of the Apostles. For there are some things said in them which cannot have reference to the world at large; but are belonging to the Church of GOD only. And it is the grossest of all mistakes to make application to mankind in general of what belongs only to the saints of GOD. The Apostle's salutations is to the Church. Grace be unto you, and peace, from GOD our FATHER, and from the LORD JESUS CHRIST."

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