To all the saints in Christ Jesus at Philippi, together with the overseers and deacons:
2Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
I dont know why this stuck out to me today but it says to “all the saints”. Maybe it is because we are walking through the concept of church and what it means to live like a community. It also says together with the overseers and deacons. Not that the deacons and overseers were separate but they were considered a part of the community. They weren’t just ‘holy people’ but they were men just like the rest. I think thats significint in a time where we often put our pastors and elders on somewhat of a pedestal, that they are somehow more than us. It is a good example though of how we are supposed to live.
Another note, I love how Paul starts all his letters. Within each letter there is a prayer somewhere, but I love it that he greets them with “grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ”. Grace and peace that comes from God and Christ, a relationship with Him. Such amazing words. Not peace from a satisfaction of our own, or that we earned something. Grace given for something we didn’t do, but receive freely… I wonder what would happen if we start to greet other believers in the same way?