The former part of the sentence would be a piece of impudent daring without the latter part to interpret it. It will be worth it (Ro 8:28), “I can’t forgive myself” Whilst we are abiding in Him nothing is impossible. — “I can do all things!” His hosts melt away, the bravery of Grecia is too much for him; he returns to his country in dishonor. Kregel Publications, Philippians 4:13: One Word You Shouldn't Say In 1993, Wiersbe, W: Bible Exposition Commentary. Though perhaps the slightest shooting pang alarms us, yet I do not doubt, if days of martyrdom should return, the martyr-spirit would return with martyrs’ trials; and if once more Smithfield’s fires needed victims, there would be victims found innumerable — holocausts of martyrs would be offered up before the shrine of truth. The qualifying phrase is all things that are in God's will. What, he wondered, could he say or do in the children’s sermon to help the boys and girls understand the meaning of that verse? Hebrews 9:17 (note) For a covenant is valid only when men are dead, for it is never in force while the one who made it lives. I have to admit I've really been complaining about it. Endunamoo is in the present tense indicating that Christ is continually able to infuse or pour in the power we need for the need of the moment. Go and say to Him, in the words of that beautiful hymn, "Nothing in my hand I bring, Likewise, only when we engage Christ in the work, can we bring down the house upon the head of our lusts! "Wait on the Lord, and He shall strengthen thine heart." Kregel Publications). Let me remind you of some of the sayings of the martyrs, which I have jotted down in my readings. It didn’t come naturally to him, and it wasn’t an instantaneous transformation. Prayer beats the weapon out of the devil's hand—and gets the blessing out of God's hand! He wrote a number of letters during this time to various churches and individuals (Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians, Philemon), and he asks for prayer in those letters. How is a Christian able to do duty, to resist temptation—but through Christ's strengthening? - A young boy was at the barbershop for a haircut. Luke 14:29 "Otherwise, when he has laid a foundation, and is not able to finish, all who observe it begin to ridicule him, 30 saying, 'This man began to build and was not able to finish.'. So it is this relationship with Christ, expressed by beholding Him in His word and depending upon Him in prayer, that enables us to draw from Him the power essential for a godly life. It seems that God gives faith equal to the emergency, and weak faith can suddenly sprout, and swell, and grow, till it comes to be great faith under the pressure of a great trial Oh! And you have often thought yourself to be as contemptible as that bone. The waves dash fast and high; (Pentecost, J. D. The Joy of Living: A Study of Philippians. The friend had meant well. There is no corruption, no evil propensity, no temptation to sin, which the Christian cannot overcome. Philippians 4:2–3, Part 2. How may we fight the good fight so as to overcome? -Charles A. Tindley (Play Hymn). He will not exact more than He knows your strength will bear. Think of your dignity in Christ — not of the dignity of your manhood, but the dignity of your regenerated manhood, and say, “Can I do all things, and yet am I to shrink first at this, then at that end then at the other?” Be as David, who, when Saul said, “Thou art not able to fight with this Goliath,” replied, “Thy servant slew both the lion and the bear, and this uncircumcised Philistine shall be as one of them,” and he put his stone into the sling and ran cheerfully and joyously, so Goliath fell; and he returned with the bloody dripping head. 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. It is all from Him, through Him and to Him be the glory. Those words are the keynote of Blessedness, first struck by our Lord, and repeated with unwearying persistence by His immediate followers, to whom they were the secret of an overcoming life. Philippians 4:13. Mt 5:13; Mt 8:28; 9:12; 26:40; Mk 2:17; 5:4; 9:18 = (here ischuo refers to power as evidenced by extraordinary deeds); Mk 14:37; Lk 6:48; 8:43; 13:24; 14:6, 29, 30; 16:3; 20:26; Jn. Outside the cell, he asked Timothy, “What’s the secret of this man’s power? You can enlighten it; you can play the Jonah in the midst of this modern Nineveh; your own single voice may be the means of creating a spiritual revival. Philippians 4:4-13. The man who shall ever do anything is the man who says, “This is a right thing; I am called to do it; I will do it. Matthew 26:40 And He came to the disciples and found them sleeping, and said to Peter, "So, you men could not keep watch with Me for one hour? What else do we need? You are sent by God’s providence to be as lights in this world; but you are rather dark lanterns than lights. Without Christ we can do nothing (John 15:5). by Roger Steer [Harold Shaw Publishers], pp. So we two shall win in the end: Philippians 4:10-13 The Secret for Contentment) (Steven Cole's sermons by Scripture - Highly Recommended - They read essentially like a verse by verse commentary!). Holiness), Jerry Bridges in his modern day classic "The Practice of Godliness" notes that. “I can do all things through Christ which strengthens me. That the believer may live cheerfully and comfortably, he is exhorted to the free and constant use of Christ. He has thanked God for their generosity, that they will be rewarded for their selfless act toward him. The Philippian church has been generous to Paul and he is commending them for their generosity. I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, Who has strengthened me, because He considered me faithful, putting me into service" (1Ti 1:12). It is a process, something that we learn from walking with God each day. (Ryken, P. G., Hughes, R. K. Exodus: Saved for God's glory. How often are you in company, and you never avail yourself of an opportunity of saying a word for Christ? (Phillips: Touchstone). Put a certain number of men in a shipwreck; the weak and feeble shall die, those who are strong and healthy, who have not by voluptuousness become delicate, shall brave the cold and rigours of the elements, and shall live. I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me. Can do - I have strength (for), where Paul passes from the physical meaning ischuo to the metaphorical, spiritual meaning. Like Paul, you can be an overcomer. Matthew 8:28 And when He had come to the other side into the country of the Gadarenes, two men who were demon-possessed met Him as they were coming out of the tombs; they were so exceedingly violent that no one could pass by that road. You can do nothing without that. Oh! Every one praises the man who has taken up the idea and carried it out successfully; but at the first he has none to stand by him. 6:6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11). Paul expresses this relationship as “living in Christ.” He says in Colossians 2:6–7, “So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live in him, rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith.” The context of this statement is that all the wisdom and power for living the Christian life are to be found in Christ rather than in manmade philosophies and moralisms (Col 2:2, 3, 4 and Col 2:8, 9, 10). Mind, Christians, mind, lest that village in which you have found a quiet retreat from the cares of business, should rise up in judgment against you, to condemn you, because, having means and opportunity, you use the village for rest, but never seek to do any good in it. Though I despair of explaining the measure of my text, so as to classify even the tenth part of all let me make one further attempt. “I can do”: “He has the power to cope with or is competent and able to … The lad pinched his nose and exclaimed, "Who's been smoking in here!" Philippians 3:1-6 Losing Religion to Find Salvation. Often do I find brethren who say, “I hope I am not too timid or too rash in my temper, or that I am not idle, but I find myself inconstant, I cannot persevere in anything.” My dear brother, thou canst. I have seen that man acquire wealth, and I have marked that he was more penurious; that he was, in fact, more straitened than he was before; he had less trust in God, less liberality of soul. He is the Manna which you must daily eat and the Rock of which you must daily drink. "Hold me up—and I shall be safe!" Verily, Christians can do all things through Christ who strengtheneth them. Phil. "They that wait upon the Lord shall change their strength," i.e. In the context He is talking about how to be free from anxiety, or how to be content in our soul. Take care, masters and mistresses, lest your servant’s souls be required of you at the last great day. Why, sirs, what has God made you for? Paul I know once said, “O wretched man that I am, who shall deliver me from the body of this death.” But Paul did not stay there; his music was not all in a minor key; right quickly he mounts the higher chords, and sings, “But thanks be to God who giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.” I may be addressing some Christians who have naturally a very violent temper, and you say you cannot curb it. Sometimes we need to remember that people in other countries squeeze ten family members into a one-room, dirt-floored shanty. Let us fight in the strength of Christ. Vincent explains the root word ischus exhibits the idea …, of indwelling strength, especially as embodied: might which inheres in physical powers organized and working under individual direction, as an army: which appears in the resistance of physical organisms, as the earth, against which one dashes himself in vain: which dwells in persons or things, and gives them influence or value: which resides in laws or punishments to make them irresistible. Every Christian ought to read Hudson Taylor’s (biography or another short bio) Spiritual Secret, by Dr. and Mrs. Howard Taylor, because it illustrates this principle of inner power in the life of a great missionary to China. “See,” he said, “she did it… … No,” said the children, “you helped her. ... thanks for the best commentary ever,please keep up the fantastic work. Here he was in prison, unable to pursue his tent-making trade, and he was in a tight spot (“affliction” in Php 4:14-note literally means “pressure”). He began at the home of the school president. more literally, infuses strength into me, as the old verb enforce. We spend money that we can’t afford on the lottery, hoping to win a big jackpot that will give us what we want in life. Just listen? 4:13; Gal. 15 Moreover, as you Philippians know, in the early days of your acquaintance with the gospel, when I set out from Macedonia, not one church shared with me in the matter of giving and receiving, except you only; 16 for even … 14 Yet it was good of you to share in my troubles. Paul had strength so long as Jesus kept putting His power into him. Then you must begin with Christ. If your treasure is in the kingdom of God, your heart will be there, and it is a secure, certain realm. Oh what beauty there is in the comparison! After special instances he declares his universal power—how triumphantly, yet how humbly! Christ keeps the royal fort of grace—so that it is not blown up. Reprinted by permission. How many times are you thrown in such a position that you have an excellent opportunity for rebuking sin, or for teaching holiness, and how seldom do you accomplish it? You know his brothers said at first, “Because of thy pride and the naughtiness of thy heart, to see the battle art thou come.” All our elder brethren say that to us if we begin anything. Crawford didn’t have the imposing personality of his famous predecessor, so at first he had trouble winning the loyalty of the tribal people. Whilst we are abiding in Him, nothing is impossible. Deeply consider, that without this inward enjoyment of Christ—you cannot be … happy in your soul, comfortable in your walk, nor holy in your life. The sovereign God has put you there for your training in faith, that you might share His holiness. If He has called you to give large amounts to further His work, He will provide you with those funds. Php 4:13. π. Ισχ. He can obey God, he can live in holiness in thought, word, and deed. I do not pretend to be able to show how Christ communicates strength to his people by the mysterious inflowings of the Spirit’s energy; let me rather show what the Spirit does, and how these acts of the Spirit which he works for Christ tend to strengthen the soul for “all things.”. “A strong man” (Mt 12:29): a mighty famine (Luke 15:14): his letters are powerful (2 Cor. Let us be of good courage under any temptation or suffering we may be called to bear for Christ’s rake, for we can suffer it all through Christ who strengtheneth us. Thou sayest, “I can do all things.” What I has Gamaliel taught thee such an art of eloquence, that thou canst baffle all that oppose thee! So he combines his thanks with this valuable lesson on the secret for contentment. Submit to and trust the Sovereign God and you will know the contentment that comes from Him. That’s the secret of contentment--to be captivated by Christ--as the Sovereign to whom I submit; as the Savior whom I serve; as the Sufficient One whom I trust in every situation. See, too, the Persian potentate; he leads a million of men against Grecia, he wields a power which he believes to be omnipotent, he lashes the sea, casts chains upon the wave, and bids it be his slave. One teardrop said to the other, “Who are you?” “I’m a teardrop from a girl who loved a man and lost him. Real peace is not possible without the power of the Holy Spirit in our lives. Whether we live, may we live unto the Lord; or whether we die, may we die unto the Lord; or, if He comes for us, may we be found in peace, without spot, and blameless! I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. From these uses of endunamoo note how from from beginning to end Paul expresses his need of and dependence on the empowerment of His Lord. Philippians 4:13 is one of the most well-known New Testament verses, but it’s also notoriously misused. It is observing His character, His attributes, and His will in every page of Scripture. Must we all become full-time missionaries? It was a singular instance of God’s providential judgment that Cranmer and Ridley, two bishops of the church who condemned this Baptist to die, said when they signed the death-warrant, that burning was an easy death, and they had themselves to try it in after days, and that maid told them so. Would you be holy? If you are walking with God and you find yourself in a desperate situation, you can know that you are not there by chance. He marches to Russia, he defies the elements; he marches across the snow and sees the palace of an ancient monarchy in flames. H C G MOULE. Ischuo can speak of physical power (Mk 2:17, 5:4, 9:12). Have you never thought how varied were the trials, and how innumerable the achievements of the apostle Paul? Our source of power is in the risen Christ, and we stay connected to Him by beholding Him in His word and depending on Him in prayer. 6:2; 7:11; 1 Ki. I am not strong enough to dig; I am ashamed to beg. “I can do all things,” he might have written upon his banners. Paul depended on the power of Christ at work in his life (Php 1:6, 21, 2:12, 13, 3:10 - see notes Php 1:6, 21; 2:12; 13; 3:10). Christ not only gives us our crown—but our shield. The apostle exhorts them to stand fast in the Lord, Phlippians 4:1.And beseeches Euodias and Syntyche to be of one mind in Divine things, Phlippians 4:2.And requests his true yokefellow to help them to a good understanding, Phlippians 4:3.Gives them directions concerning their temper and frame of mind, Phlippians 4:4-7.And how to act in all respects as … "The Lord has been my guide today." Yes, I find myself more helpless now—than I thought myself then. Luke described the city called Philippi as a *Roman ‘*colony’(Acts 16:12). Paul knew that God was able to change his circumstances, but that He was much more interested in changing Paul and this is still His desire for His children. Cf. It was the very note which his eagles screamed amid the battle. Nobody knows. Will you hold yourselves back? ", The Secret for Contentment I have renounced all sinful pleasure; Gary Watkins on July 1, 2010 at 11:31 am Thanks for the information. You are here in this world, and can do all things in respect to this world. Now, then, stand up all of you — my friends or my foes, whichever you will; it is all the same, I have God to help me, and it must and shall be done.” Such are the men that write their records in the annals of posterity; such the men justly called great, and they are only great because they believed they could be great — believed that the exploits could be done. James 5:16 Therefore, confess your sins to one another, and pray for one another, so that you may be healed. When good John Bradford, our London martyr, was told by his keeper, that he was to be burned on the morrow, he took off his cap and said, “I heartily thank my God;” and when John Noyes, another martyr, was just about to be burned, he took up a faggot, and kissed it, and said, “Blessed be God that he has thought me worthy of such high honor as this;” and it is said of Rowland Taylor, that when he came to the fire he actually, as I think Fox says in his Monument, “fetched a frisk,” by which he means, he began to dance when he came to the flames, at the prospect of the high honor of suffering for Christ. 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 Lord is near.. 6 Never worry about anything; but tell God all your desires of every kind in prayer and petition shot through with gratitude,. It pleased the Father that in Him should all fullness dwell, a full supply for all a believer’s wants. For example, Webster (Ed: remember to look up Biblical words in an English dictionary - you will many times discover a wonderful illumination/amplification of the passage you are studying) says that to infuse something is to to cause it to be permeated with something else (Ed: in context this would be Christ), the infusion resulting in an alteration which is usually for the better -- this is a good picture of what happens to the believer who submits/yields/surrenders so that he or she is constantly "infused" with Jesus! All rights reserved). At first sight we suppose the speaker had either had but very little experience of the world with its varying conditions; or that he was some favoured child of fortune, who had never known want, because possessing an abundant supply of wealth and power. How is it that a spark of grace lives in a sea of corruption, the storms of persecution blowing—but that Christ holds this spark in the hollow of His hand? These paradoxes are incomprehensible to the world at large: but the solution of them is easy to those who know what man is by nature, and what he is by grace, and what are the effects which flow from the contrary and contending principles of flesh and spirit. You are not equipped for every good deed (2Ti 3:16, 17-notes) if you’re an emotional wreck. Paul said, “I can do everything through him who gives me strength” (Phil. This sense comes out clearly in the New Testament in the use of the word and of its cognates. Who will deliver me from this body of death?" Do you want to attain holiness? Then a letter from a friend opened his eyes to the adequacy of Christ. In Philippians 4:13, the verb is present tense, meaning, God’s continual, day-by-day infusing me with strength as I serve Him. 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." But the church today is selling out the joy of trusting in the all-sufficient Christ for a mess of worldly pottage that does not satisfy. And I've learned to be content no matter what my situation might be." All rights reserved). (Philippians 4:13: One Word You Shouldn't Say In 1993). (McGee, J V: Thru the Bible Commentary: Nashville: Thomas Nelson), Dwight Pentecost sums up this verse writing that…, We are commanded to live victoriously over sin. We go after what we think will make us happy only to find that it didnt work; in fact, we were happier before we started the quest. But even those who win large settlements in a lawsuit or a lottery jackpot are not much happier in the long run. You can be sure that as you look back on your day, you'll praise and glorify the Lord as you realize what He has enabled you to do.—Joanie Yoder (Our Daily Bread, Copyright RBC Ministries, Grand Rapids, MI. But whatever the reason, Paul knew that God was in control, God knew his need, and God would supply or not supply as He saw fit. Those two remind me of the way believers sometimes feel about their struggle with sins of the flesh. You will have remarked, I do not doubt, in the controversies which the ancient confessors of the faith have had with heretics and persecuting kings and bishops, the singular way in which poor illiterate persons have been able to refute their opponents. You must not only be rooted, you must also be built up in Him. Applying this to spiritual things, only believe, young man, that God can make something of you, be resolved that you will do something somehow for Christ, and you will do it. Reprinted by permission. 4:11-note). So what does contentment mean? Paul mentions that the Philippians had revived their concern for him. They cast therefore, and then they were not able to haul it in because of the great number of fish. 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." They could jump one foot, two feet, even three feet, but not all the way across the aisle. He could attempt all which duty required, and he could succeed in all; for to him the epithet "impossible", in an ethical aspect, had no existence… It is also to be borne in mind that this ability came not from his commission as an apostle, but from his faith as a saint. 4:13. Where Christ is most precious—there sin is exceedingly sinful; and self is humbled and loathed! In elucidating this passage, we shall shew. 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. All things - Is this to be taken literally? in (en) marks the union through which the moral energy is enjoyed - "in Him strengthening me," that is, in His strength communicated to me. We too can live by Paul's secret. When John Ardley was brought before Bishop Bonner, Bonner taunted him, saying, “You will not be able to bear the fire; that will convert you; the faggots will be sharp preachers to you.” Said Ardley, “I am not afraid to try it, and I tell thee, Bishop, if I had as many lives as I have hairs on my head, I would give them all up sooner than I would give up Christ.” That same wicked wretch held the hand of poor John Tomkins over a candle, finger by finger, saying to him, “I’ll give thee a taste of the fire before thou shalt come there,” and as the finger cracked and spurted forth, Tomkins smiled, and even laughed in his tormentor’s face, being ready to suffer as much in every member as his fingers then endured. Asaph knew it. We are suing one another at an astonishing rate, trying to get more money so we can have more things so that life will be more comfortable. Reprinted by permission. Wiersbe, W: With the Word: Chapter-by-Chapter Bible Handbook. It would be a great help to us all if we could look at difficulties and trials in this way. We have to set aside any dependence upon our own wisdom and strength of character and draw all that we need from Christ through faith in Him. Philippians 4:13. 2:5, 6, 7, 8 - Obedient - Eph. She said, “I am as true a servant of Christ as any of you, and if you put your poor sister to death, take care lest God should let loose the wolf of Rome on you, and you have to suffer for God too.” How the faculties were quickened, to make each confessor seize every opportunity to avail himself of every mistake of his opponent, and lay hold of texts of Scripture, which were as swords to cut in pieces those who dared to oppose them, is really a matter for admiration. They are building up a wall of sand; their work runs down as fast as they throw it up. Where the finger of God points, the hand of God provides the way. For example, he may write, "Today I was enabled to share my testimony with a friend." (Phillips), Jesus taught the same principle when He instructed His disciples to…, Abide (aorist imperative = a command calling for urgent, effective action!) Legend has it that a wealthy merchant during Paul’s day had heard about the apostle and had become so fascinated that he determined to visit him. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, 14 I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.. It is good for nothing anymore, except to be thrown out and trampled under foot by men.

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