Finally Brethren

Posted by on Feb 26, 2021 in Articles | 0 comments

Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might. (Eph 6:10)

One of the phrases that appears in scripture multiple times is “finally brethren”. In our language today, we’ll say “and one last thing”. This often indicates that what we are about to say is as important or many times more important than anything else we’ve stated inside that conversation.

In Phillipians 3:1, we are told to “rejoice in the Lord”. Here, Christians are encouraged to take joy in the fact they are right with God. Many things in life are very troublesome to us. One thing that helps us during times like this is to think of something that brings us happiness. Another recommended practice is to read something that takes our mind to a better place. As a Christian, no matter what obstacles I face, comfort comes by knowing we have the Lord to care for us (1 Peter 5:6-7).

In Phillipians 4:8, we are taught to focus on what is right and good. No doubt we are all overwhelmed with everything that is wrong with the world, whether it’s your social media page or a conversation at the local feed store. While these things surely are troubling, if not careful, too much devotion of my time will be placed on these matters and not on spiritual matters. In this text, the Phillipians are encouraged to stay close to God through prayer that they may obtain peace (Phil 4:7). Then Paul, by inspiration, (Phil 4:9) tells them the things to do to be right with God. That is simply what he has taught them while in their presence and that God will be with them.

In 2 Corinthians 13:11, we are instructed to “finally” be of one mind. Unity is a must and we will not grow and endure as we should without it. In 1 Corinthians we read of a troubled group but early on they are instructed to be unified thus giving them what is needed to overcome whatever is ahead. Individuals who love God and work together in accordance to His Word can accomplish anything (1 Cor. 1:10). 

   Lastly, Ephesians 6:10 says, “Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might”. Strength to accomplish the most important task in life comes not from our physical power but our trust in God who loves us and provides for us a way.

Jason Barger