I can do all things through Christ… – Philippians 4:13

“I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me”
Philippians 4:13 NKJV

My Pondering

By reading the verse before and after, we can gather deeper meaning from this hallmark verse (as is a solid process to interpret Scripture). Here is the passage:

12 I know how to live humbly, and I know how to abound. I am accustomed to any and every situation—to being filled and being hungry, to having plenty and having need.

13 I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength.

14 Nevertheless, you have done well to share in my affliction.

Philippians 4:12-14

Another solid technique is taking Scripture in fuller context by studying related verses. This requires additional maturity because it’s easy to bend them to our particular perspective. Though that isn’t always bad so long as it fits as intended. Scripture is active and alive while is totally resolute and perfect. Meaning is is full depth and the Spirit guides and reveals different angles as we grow and live. Ponder that for a moment, if wish.

For our mutual edification, I included three other verses:

2 Corinthians 12:9
But He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My power is perfected in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly in my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest on me.

Ephesians 3:16
I ask that out of the riches of His glory He may strengthen you with power through His Spirit in your inner being,

Colossians 1:11
being strengthened with all power according to His glorious might so that you may have full endurance and patience, and joyfully

Many people, well at least I have and from my POV (point of view) take Phil 4:13 meaning as Christ will supernatural empower us to overcome every problem in some awesome powerful crushing kind of way. Kind of like how the Jews back in Jesus’s earth walking days expected the Messiah to behave; to put down their oppressors with force and uplift them into glory.

Sometimes He does just that by us. And other times He strengthens us to endure joyfully.

This leads us back to Romans 8:28 – God causes all things to work together for good, to those who love Him and called to His purpose.

That one I have well memorized and cling to often. It is the center of the mark, IMO (in my opinion). Phil 4:13 and Romans 8:28 are like two great engines, like two strong oxen that should drive us to greatness.

No sane person desires affliction. That is counter to nature and our physical well being. Yet, when it’s unavoidable, when it’s a divine wrath akin (albeit in a mini-way) to Christ’s suffering that is often when we truly feel His power and really know Him. Many other verses attest to this.

Can you think of one or more?

If so, please drop them in the comments and share you take.

My Prayer

Lord, help me overcome everything in a way that glorifies You. Either by abounding through conquering or patiently and joyfully preserving. You ideal path and providence is for good yet what is good is not always pleasurable. Please empower Your Spirit to help and guide me.

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