Philippians 4:10–23 (NKJV)
10 But I rejoiced in the Lord greatly that now at last your care for me has flourished again; though you surely did care, but you lacked opportunity. 11 Not that I speak in regard to need, for I have learned in whatever state I am, to be content: 12 I know how to be abased, and I know how to abound. Everywhere and in all things I have learned both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need. 13 I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.Philippians 4:10-20
14 Nevertheless you have done well that you shared in my distress. 15 Now you Philippians know also that in the beginning of the gospel, when I departed from Macedonia, no church shared with me concerning giving and receiving but you only. 16 For even in Thessalonica you sent aid once and again for my necessities. 17 Not that I seek the gift, but I seek the fruit that abounds to your account. 18 Indeed I have all and abound. I am full, having received from Epaphroditus the things sent from you, a sweet-smelling aroma, an acceptable sacrifice, well pleasing to God. 19 And my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus. 20 Now to our God and Father be glory forever and ever. Amen.
Paul opens this Scripture passage with a commendation for the Philippians. They had resumed their care or provision for Paul after an absence. They had not had opportunity, perhaps due to Paul’s travels and the uncertainty of his eventual location in Rome, but have now sent him support again as they once did. However, he was not worried, because he had found a place of faith and trust in God. He had learned to be content, no matter what condition in which he found himself. He then described the gamut of conditions he had experienced that taught him of the faithfulness of God: abased or accepted, full or hungry, abounding or suffering need. Paul then wrote the famous line, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” What a powerful statement of faith. Paul would let nothing deter him, not that he is invincible, but that his faith in God was that strong. If God will strengthen, I will succeed. He again commended their giving, sent by the hand of Epaphroditus, a sweet-smelling aroma of love and support. He finished up the paragraph with the assurance that what God had done for him, He would also do for the Philippians. God will supply whatever you need because of the work of Christ Jesus. He told them to give God glory and join the eternal chorus of those who will praise the Lord.
21 Greet every saint in Christ Jesus. The brethren who are with me greet you. 22 All the saints greet you, but especially those who are of Caesar’s household.Philippians 4:21-23
23 The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen.
Paul summed up the book with a normal greeting, asking for those who would read the letter to greet everyone in the church. He sent regards from those with him in Rome, and even hinted that many in Caesar’s household had been saved. He then blessed them with grace and signed off. This letter is, as stated previously, a vastly different personal letter than the letter to the Corinthians. Galatians and Ephesians addressed more general teaching, but Corinthians and Philippians contain more personal admonitions. The difference in them is this: Paul corrected the Corinthians for their errors and sins, and he commended the Philippians for their good works and Godly living. The Philippians seemed to have an attitude of faith and love, and it showed in their actions. Paul loved all the people in all the churches, but–like a good father–he had a job to do. He corrected where it was needed, and he praised where it was merited, and he loved while doing both. Let God, and good pastors and leaders, have influence in your life. Make their work joyful, and let us all grow up together. Then you will know that God will enable you to do all things, and He will supply all your needs. Trust in Him in faith and walk forward toward the goals He will set before you!
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