He said of his ability to be content in any situation. Then Paul meant also that he could perform all duties. As you enter each new day, ask God to strengthen and use you. (John 15:4, 5). Acts 15:10 "Now therefore why do you put God to the test by placing upon the neck of the disciples a yoke which neither our fathers nor we have been able to bear? If God grants us material comforts, we can thankfully enjoy them, knowing that it all comes from His loving hand. Philippians 4:13 • Philippians 4:13 NIV • Philippians 4:13 NLT • Philippians 4:13 ESV • Philippians 4:13 NASB • Philippians 4:13 KJV • Philippians 4:13 Commentaries • Philippians 4:13 Bible Apps • Philippians 4:13 Biblia Paralela • Philippians 4:13 Chinese Bible • Philippians 4:13 French Bible • Philippians 4:13 … The Old Version gave "through Christ;" the New alters it to "in Him." “There is nothing too hard for You” (Jer. I have to struggle with my sloth, but through Christ who strengtheneth me, I overcome it. Reprinted by permission. Thus have I discussed the first part of our subject — the measure; I shall now talk for awhile upon The Manner. I will develop this more next week, but I believe that Paul had a policy of not making his financial needs known to anyone except the Lord. Sol. But we never quite get there. Kregel Publications). The way to overcome is upon our knees. John 21:6 And He said to them, "Cast the net on the right-hand side of the boat, and you will find a catch." When the student turned around, she realized she had offended him. If we can just get fair treatment, we think we’ll be happy. Some fight against sin in the strength of their vows and resolutions—and so are foiled. The one main thought of them is this--that the strength which we covet is not given to us in a lump, for us to draw upon as we choose, like electricity stored in boxes for use; it is a life, and it is only to be obtained so long as we are in living union with its source. Paul mentions that the Philippians had revived their concern for him. Change ), You are commenting using your Google account. We may not feel its presence; but we shall find it present whenever we begin to draw on it. you will have much to answer for with regard to the souls of your fellow men. It is astonishing what power the Holy Spirit can bestow upon the mind of men. So the kindred adjective ischuros. (Wiersbe, W: Bible Exposition Commentary. If I know Him in these ways as Paul did, I will know contentment. And I told Your disciples to cast it out, and they could not do it.". Philippians 4:11 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓] Philippians 4:11, NIV: "I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances." For Paul, being aware of Christ’s presence was as natural as breathing (Ed: cp "abiding" in Him). ), but not for your emotional needs. Unbelief says, I cannot; previous failures say, I cannot; past experience says, I cannot; the example of fellow-Christians says, I cannot; Satan tells me, I cannot. He is our righteousness. Let us “be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus,” and “his strength shall assuredly be perfected in our weakness.”, ALL-SUFFICIENCY MAGNIFIED The endowment was not of miracle, but of grace. Paul has been thanking the Philippians for their love for him and the material support they had been led to give to him. Moment by moment, he drew on the power of Christ for every responsibility of the day, and Christ’s power carried him through. And Mr. Rogers, the first put to death in England for Christ, died singing too — as if the noble army of martyrs marched to battle with music in advance. You can do all things for your fellow-men. Do not be deceived! An army and a fortress are both ischuros. My friend uses the word enabled because he knows he couldn't do these things without God's help. All things - Is this to be taken literally? Endunamoo - 7x in the NT - Acts 9:22; Ro 4:20; Ep 6:10; Phil. to be his soldier, and soldiers must not be choosers; if they are called to lie in the trenches, if they are bidden to advance under a galling fire, they must do it. Philippians 4:13, ESV: "I can do all things through him who strengthens me." February 1, 2019. What could be done therefore by the tens of thousands of our churches? ", It is a temper of mind which we might well covet. Philippians 4:13 is a good example. The room was filled with cigar smoke. Outside the cell, he asked Timothy, “What’s the secret of this man’s power? “Am I my brother’s keeper?” was the language of Cain. Mark 14:37 And He came and found them sleeping, and said to Peter, "Simon, are you asleep? God always gives enough strength for the next step. Phil. The wondrous reality was that the Lord was at Paul’s side as he stood before imperial Rome at his first hearing (2Ti 4:17-note) and that, in Paul’s words, he “gave me strength”—or as A. T. Robertson renders it, “poured power into me” (cf. The boy responded, "Don't you know it's not good for you?" 4:11b, 12). This was a turning point in his life. 1743endynamóō(from 1722/en"in," which intensifies 1412/dynamóō, "sharingpower-ability") – properly, to impartability(make able); empowered. Because in every circumstance he faced, he had learned how to be content. Please use me as You wish." Added to this, no doubt, also, much of the power to do all things lies in the fact that the Spirit of God enables the Christian to overcome himself. Philippians 4:13 Translation & Meaning. Where’s the balance between being content and yet trying to better your situation or solve certain problems? The most helpful explanation I have found of what it means to abide in Christ comes from the nineteenth century Swiss theologian Frederic Louis Godet: To abide in me’ expresses the continual act by which the Christian sets aside everything which he might derive from his own wisdom, strength, merit, to draw all from Christ. there is nothing that braces a man’s nerves like the cold winter’s blast; and so, doubtless, the very effect of persecution through the agency of the Spirit going with it, is to make the feeble strong. Galatians 5:6 For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision nor uncircumcision means anything (is of any power in), but faith working through love. We can’t jump into the presence of God, but Jesus can lift us into the presence of God. Usage: I fill with power, strengthen, make strong. Or someone “claims” it as a promise as they aim for success in a new business. Ischus, to take a familiar illustration, is the power lodged in the arm, kratos is that arm stretched out or up-lifted with conscious aim, while energeia is the same arm at actual work, accomplishing the designed result. ’I can do all things.’” A few hours and he can do nothing except that in which the beast excels him; he eats grass like the oxen, until his hair has grown like eagles’ feathers, and his nails like birds’ claws. You carried her.”, Then he explained: “That’s the way it is with us. "I have prayed for you—that your faith fail not," Luke 22:32, that it be not a total falling away. Call upon your Saviour; and he will enable you to “stretch forth your withered hand:” at his command, the dead shall arise out of their graves; and the bond-slaves of sin and Satan shall be “brought into the liberty of the children of God.”, A life of godliness cannot be maintained without constant watchfulness and strenuous exertion. I have no doubt the apostle specially meant that he found himself able to serve God in every state. If you read the context, he is speaking about the varying and sometimes difficult circumstances of life. As Paul says (2Cor. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. I know how to be brought low, and I know how to abound. Apart from Him we can do nothing. For those whom He foreknew He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son, in order that He might be the firstborn among many brothers.”. Do we know God like this? This does not mean God will bless whatever a person does; it must be read within the context of the letter, with its emphasis on obedience to God and service to God and others. It is to spiritual might that the verb refers, and that might has no limitations. You will do just nothing at all and make no progress until you feel your sin and weakness and flee to Him. May our years be holy years with our souls, and then they will be happy ones! As the student walked away, she saw him limping. Like Paul, you can be an overcomer. Victor). He lived in 19th century Bristol, England where he founded an orphanage. CHOOSE YOUR COLOR - A college student decided one summer that he would earn money for his tuition by selling Bibles door-to-door. Naked, flee to You for dress; I will direct your steps (Pr 3:5,6), “I can’t do it” 2:10 - Whenever I say, “Not your will, but mine be done” I forfeit contentment and step out of God’s will. The Bible extols hard work and the rewards that come from it, as long as we are free from greed. 4:13). "I can do all things through Christ, who strengthens me." Finally, Philippians 4:13 is part of a larger passage that addresses Christ’s ability to meet our needs. If the experience of the most eminent Apostle will serve as a criterion, he confessed, that he “had not of himself a sufficiency even to think a good thought; his sufficiency was entirely of God.”, His power even to do the smallest good is derived from Christ—, “It has pleased the Father, that in Christ should all fulness dwell,” and that “out of his fulness all his people should receive.” It is he who “strengthens us with all might by his Spirit in the inner man:” it is he who “gives us both to will and to do.” If we are “strong in any degree, it is in the Lord, and in the power of his might.” Whatever we do, we must give him the glory of it, saying, “I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me:” “I have laboured; yet not I, but the grace of God which was with me:” “by the grace of God I am what I am.”. Philippians 4:13, KJV: "I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me." Contentment also means not being battered around by difficult circumstances or people, and not being wrongly seduced by prosperity, because our life is centered on a living relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ. 8 Finally, brothers and sisters, # tn Grk “brothers.” See note on the phrase “brothers and sisters” in 1:12. whatever is true, whatever is worthy of respect, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if something is excellent or praiseworthy, think about these things. Acts 25:7 And after he had arrived, the Jews who had come down from Jerusalem stood around him, bringing many and serious charges against him which they could not prove; Acts 27:16 And running under the shelter of a small island called Clauda, we were scarcely able to get the ship's boat under control. Then he put his hands under her armpits, and as she jumped, he lifted her and carried her across the aisle. You see, I can’t do all things, but I can do all things which God has for me to do from the time He saved me to the time He will take me out of this world." He is good and uses all things for our good, and—note this—according His purpose as well, in order to fashion us into the likeness of Christ (Romans 8:28-29). “I can do all things through Christ. But Paul could say, “I die daily,” and yet he was still stedfast and immovable in the hourly expectation of a painful departure. (The Epistle to the Philippians ), Nothing between my soul and my Savior, So with the quickened yet feeble professor; he shall soon give way under trial; but the mature Christian, the strong temperate man, can endure fatigues, can perform wonders, can achieve prodigies, because his body is well disciplined, and he has not permitted its humours to overcome the powers of the soul. Anon, he retires a little while, that he may more fully understand the Word of God; when from the desert of Arabia, where he has girded his loins and strengthened himself by meditation and personal mortification, he comes out, not taking counsel with the Apostles, nor asking their guidance or their approbation, but at once, with singular courage, proclaiming the name of Jesus, and protesting that he himself also is an apostle of Christ. Philippians 4:13. It made him angry with God and bitter about what life didn’t seem to offer. The Greek word behind the phrase "all things" in Php 4:13 is lexically linked to the "circumstances" Paul already mentioned in … The Apostle Paul came to know the secret of strength in trials and in everything: finding our contentment in Christ. True, there was a time in his life when Asaph was disappointed with God. When I was in school I was the high jumper, but I can’t jump anymore. Notice the balance between God’s part and our part. NAS Exhaustive Concordance. Following his agonizing question, he declared with triumph, "I thank God- through Jesus Christ our Lord!" If it's good, I can enjoy it. 6:6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11). “I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.” — Philippians 4:13. Tradesmen! The word content (Php 4:11-note) comes from a Greek word that means self-sufficient or independent. There is no corruption, no evil propensity, no temptation to sin, which the Christian cannot overcome. That battle which commences without holy reliance upon God, shall certainly end in a terrible rout. All rights reserved). Matthew 9:12 But when He heard this, He said, "It is not those who are healthy (be strong in body, be robust, be in sound health) who need a physician, but those who are sick. And just in proportion as we do so, we shall find His strength flowing into us for every possible emergency (Php 4:13). If He has called you to serve behind the scenes, He will equip you with the endurance you need (1Pe. The crown of all the saints' victories must he set upon the head of Christ! Many men might be Christian victors, if they had known how to use the all prevailing weapon of prayer; but forgetting this they have gone to the fight and they have been worsted right easily. Then mount up to heaven. The lad pinched his nose and exclaimed, "Who's been smoking in here!" There is no temptation which we cannot master; no privation which we cannot patiently bear; no difficulty with which we cannot cope; no work which we cannot perform; no confession or testimony which we cannot make--if only our souls are living in healthy union with Jesus Christ, for as our day, or hour, is, so shall our strength be: so much so, that we shall be perfectly surprised at ourselves, as we look back on what we have accomplished. "Hold me up—and I shall be safe!" But this doctrine is under attack by the “Christian” psychology movement, which claims that Christ is sufficient for your “spiritual” needs (whatever that means! Part of creating an accurate translation is being fair to the original text and the other part is using words that communicate accurately for the new language. It was no idle boast, for he refers at once to the source of this all-daring energy… Where unassisted humanity should sink and be vanquished, he should prove his wondrous superiority. Paul tells slaves not to give undue concern to gaining their freedom, but if they are able to do so, they should (1Co 7:21). πάντα ἰσχύω ἐν τῷ ἐνδυναμοῦντί με —“I can do all things in Him strengthening me.” The χριστῷ in the Received Text has in its favour D 3 , E, F, G, J, K, and the Syriac also, while some of the Fathers read χριστῷ ᾿ιησοῦ , and other forms occur, as in Origen and others. Philippians 4:13). "I live; yet not I, but Christ lives in me: and the life which I now live, I live by the faith of the Son of God." “Paul is in love.” The merchant looked puzzled. In fact, Philippians 4:11 states, “I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances.” Paul focused on contentment, not earthly abundance. Strike him right and left, with this for thy battle-cry, “I can do all things,” and in a little while he will spread his dragon wings and fly away. Called by grace in a sudden and miraculous manner, immediately — not consulting with flesh and blood — he essays to preach the gospel he has newly received. Galatians 2:20 (see note) brings out the vital nature of this union for Paul declares, "I have been crucified with Christ; and it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself up for me.". He gives me joy in place of sorrow; The Stoics elevated this word, the ability to be free from all want or needs, as the chief of all virtues. Some of the moves are demanded by the need for decent jobs. And not only does he thus give a sort of sacred tenacity and obstinacy of spirit combined with faith, but often Christians anticipate the joys of heaven, just when their pangs are greatest. They cast therefore, and then they were not able to haul it in because of the great number of fish. He was extremely careful not even to give hints about his own needs or the needs of the orphanage. He stands like a rock in the midst of angry billows; the nations dash against him and break themselves; he himself puts out the sun of Austria, and bids the star of Prussia set; he dares to proclaim war against all the nations of the earth, and believes that he himself shall be a very Briarius with a hundred hands attacking at once a hundred antagonists. Is not Omnipotence pledged for our support? moderation — from a Greek root, “to yield,” whence yieldingness [Trench]; or from a root, “it is fitting,” whence “reasonableness of dealing” [Alford], that considerateness for others, not urging one‘s own rights to the uttermost, but waiving a part, and thereby Relying constantly on God's strength, he can testify with the apostle Paul, "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me" (Philippians 4:13). When Paul said that he could do all things, he meant all things which were God’s will for him to do. The strength of Christ is never found in the heart that boasts its own strength. And the light goes out in the sky. I give you wisdom (1Co 1:30), “I feel all alone” Of course, none of them could jump that far. Ye are your brother’s keeper. Likewise, only when we engage Christ in the work, can we bring down the house upon the head of our lusts! But closer consideration removes each supposition; and we find ourselves face to face with a prisoner bound to a Roman soldier, who had run through the whole scale of human experience, now touching its abundant fulness, and anon descending to its most abject want; one who said himself: "I know how to be abased, and I know also how to abound; in everything and in all things have I learned the secret both to be filled and to be hungry, both to abound and to be in want." Paul’s words show …. What has he sent you here for? ; New York, NY: United Bible Societies), 79.64 [1:700]. There is no doubt whatever that Jesus Christ makes his people strong by strengthening their faith. Barclay: I can do all things through him who infuses strength into me. Indeed, he had to a great measure already proved the strength, of which he now asserts the promise. What glorious lives might be the lot of the readers of these lines, if only they would abjure their own strength be it wisdom, wealth, station, or any other source of creature aid; and if they would learn that the true strength is to sit still at the source of all might and grace, receiving out of His fulness, and mingling the song of the psalm, with the glad affirmation of the Apostle: "I will love Thee, O Lord, my strength;" "I can do all things through Christ that strengthens me! (NASB: Lockman). In the context He is talking about how to be free from anxiety, or how to be content in our soul. Often times, this favorite Scripture is used as a catch-all for anything we need or want to accomplish. He doesn't record key activities until after they've taken place. "I know what it is to have money in the bank and I know what it is to be flat broke. 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