Caesar’s household

Read Philippians 4:21-23.

“All the Lord’s people here send you greetings, especially those who belong to Caesar’s household.” (vs.22)

“Caesar’s household?” Who exactly are we talking about here?

“The expression … ‘household of Caesar,’ is used in the literature to refer both to the highest officials in the Roman government and to the lowest servants in the emperor’s employ. Since there is no evidence that members of the royal family had converted to Christianity as early as this letter to Paul, nor any high public officials attached to the praetorium (cf. 1:13), it is likely that Paul is speaking now of Roman soldiers stationed in the barracks, or slaves or freemen handling the domestic affairs of the emperor, or both.” (Gerald Hawthorne, Philippians [Word, 1983], p.215)

People must be treated with respect; they must be treated as individuals. They cannot be rightly lumped together as if there was no distinction. After all, God and his good news are at work in the world. Consequently, you just never know who you might be dealing with or where God’s people might be found.

That politician on the news? He could be a Christian. That woman standing on the street corner? She could be your sister in Christ. That teen flipping your burger just might be a disciple of Jesus. Just as that person who just cut you off in traffic might be member of a sister congregation of believers.

Yes, sometimes even in what we might at first glance consider the least likely of places, the gospel has taken root and is growing. So let us give thanks. Let us pray for his kingdom’s spread. And may we have eyes to see every person as someone with whom we might share eternity.

Father in heaven, may the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ be with my spirit. Amen.

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