It was by the operation of the Spirit in the work at Philippi people were saved. Lydia, a successful business woman, was religious and had a quiet conversion. A demon possessed slave girl who came from the depths of degradation; a jailor who was a civil servant and was saved as the result of an earthquake; were all part of the assembly at Philippi. There will be the opposition of society. Opposition came right away because money was involved. Whenever souls are saved opposition and suffering takes place.
There is a unique connection with people we know in an area where we presented the Gospel and the Lord saved those dear saints. By the word of the Gospel and the power of the Spirit, they were set apart for God not only now but forever. “All the saints” indicates the rich and poor, old and young, wise and simple, the successful and those who struggle are all one in Christ Jesus. An assembly of believers like the one at Philippi are all participants in the same blessing. In Christ we are neither “Jews nor Gentile, but the church of God.”