I finished (for the time being) my study of Philippians this morning. I noticed something in the final verse that I want to share.
The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit. (Philippians 4:23, NRSV)
Ἡ χάρις τοῦ κυρίου Ἰησοῦ Χριστοῦ μετὰ ⸂τοῦ πνεύματος⸃ ὑμῶν. (Philippians 4:23, NA28)
Here is what I noticed:
- “your” is plural
- but “spirit” is singular
Paul did not say, “The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirits.”
Throughout the letter, Paul has been urging more unity on the Philippian church. In many ways, that’s the most important subject Paul covers in this letter, and in many of his letters. Church unity is extremely important.
So important, in fact, that Paul views a church as having a singular spirit.
My church is too divided to say it has a singular spirit. How about yours?