“All the saints salute you, chiefly they that are of Caesar’s household.” (Philippians 4:22.) I can hardly pass by this household: though I have nothing to say about it. It was perhaps the hardest household in all the world for a Christian: but the Christians were there: some of noble birth we know: some of lesser rank: but each name known by the Lord who had called them: and the day is coming soon when we will meet them. Some, we know, laid down their lives for their Lord and Master. Our lot may be cast in a difficult “household”, let us remember the saints “of Caesar’s household”, if we are tempted to be discouraged. I might add the word for “household” is the narrower word, used also of the house of Stephanas in 1 Corinthians 16:15.
SAINTS IN CAESAR’S HOUSEHOLD
Tho’vice, flagrant and unblushing,
Nero’s palace boldly trod,
In that vile court’s baleful precincts
There were some who walked with God.
Like the few souls, who, in Sardis
Kept unspotted from the world,
So these Saints in Caesar’s household
Held their stainless flag unfurled.
Trusting in their Savior’s merits,
Leaning on their Savior’s might,
They were proof against temptation
Now they walk with Him in white!
Lord, Thy power can keep Thy children
In the most unlikely place.
There is no temptation sent them
Which is greater than Thy grace.