Acts 19:16 And the man, in whom was the evil spirit, leaped on them and subdued all of them and overpowered (to use one's strength against one, to treat him with violence) them, so that they fled out of that house naked and wounded. Victor). Nebuchadnezzar walks through the midst of the great city; he sees its stupendous tower threading the clouds; he marks the majestic and colossal size of every erection, and he says in his heart, “Behold this great Babylon which I have builded. He began at the home of the school president. What a gracious attainment! But this doctrine is under attack by the “Christian” psychology movement, which claims that Christ is sufficient for your “spiritual” needs (whatever that means! A second lesson is this — Take heed, however, that you get Christ’s strength. “Am I my brother’s keeper?” was the language of Cain. James 5:16 Therefore, confess your sins to one another, and pray for one another, so that you may be healed. He doesn't record key activities until after they've taken place. 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. J Vernon McGee recommends some caution when interpreting and applying this verse writing, When Paul says all things, does he literally mean all things? Is Paul advocating a veritable "holy omnipotence?" 6:2; 7:11; 1 Ki. “I know how to be abased, and I know how to abound: everywhere and in all things I am instructed to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need.” Some Christians are called to sudden changes, and I have marked many of them who have been ruined by their changes. But the daily expectation of it is fearful. He trusted in and submitted to the sovereignty of God to provide for his needs. 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,. Truly you may adopt Paul's language and say, "I can do all things through Christ Who strengthens me. A brave heart can master even a sluggish liver. Then go to Christ. Whatever Christ has for you to do, He will supply the power. (2Ti 2:1-note), In the last recorded chapter knowing that his death is imminent, Paul affirms the trustworthiness of the Lord's empowerment, writing to Timothy that, the Lord stood with me, and strengthened me, in order that through me the proclamation might be fully accomplished, and that all the Gentiles might hear; and I was delivered out of the lion's mouth." This sense comes out clearly in the New Testament in the use of the word and of its cognates. Dwell on that present tense, strengthens. 4:13; 1Ti 1:12; 2Ti 2:1; 4:17, Robertson say endunamoo means "to pour power into one" and reasons rightly that. “The lust of the flesh, the lust of the eye, and the pride of life,” are very fascinating: but “the grace of God, which has brought salvation to his soul, has taught him to deny them all, and to live righteously, soberly, and godly in this present world.” “By the great and precious promises of the Gospel, he is made a partaker of the Divine nature,” and is stirred up to “cleanse himself from all filthiness, both of flesh and spirit, and to perfect holiness in the fear of God.”. Always labor in the strength of Christ. THERE are in the sacred writings many various, and apparently opposite, representations of the Christian’s state: he is mournful, yet happy; sinful, yet holy; weak, yet possessed of a derived omnipotence. He gives me joy in place of sorrow; The room was filled with cigar smoke. Will you not give yourselves to him? It was, therefore, after a very profound experience of the extremes of human life, and of all the variations between, that the Apostle made that confident assertion: "I can do all things. Philippians 4:13 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓] Philippians 4:13, NIV: "I can do all this through him who gives me strength." Scripture: Philippians 4:2–3. But doesn't your disability color your life?" Part of seeking first God’s kingdom means serving Him with your money and possessions, which are not really yours, but His, entrusted to you as manager. Luke 14:6 And they could make no reply to this. We may not feel its presence; but we shall find it present whenever we begin to draw on it. Cf. "Wait on the Lord, and He shall strengthen thine heart." “I can—through Christ!” was Paul’s motto, and it can be our motto too. Reprinted by permission. 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. None of us can explain the mysterious operations of the Holy Spirit; we can only explain one effect by another. Both Kenneth Wuest and William Barclay often translate the verb endunamoo with the English word "infuse", which gives us a great word picture of the Greek verb endunamoo. Yet that portion may be thine, dear reader, and mine. Greek: panta ischuo (1SPAI) en to endunamounti (PAPMSD) me. So what does contentment mean? God always gives enough strength for the next step. Is not Christ ever ready to assist us? You can do it! Study also the NT uses of the parallel phrase through Jesus (or similar phrases - "through Whom", "through our Lord", etc) - John 1:17, Acts 10:36, Ro 1:4, 5- note; Ro 1:8-note, Ro 2:16-note, Ro 5:1-note; Ro 5:2-note Ro 5:11-note, Ro 5:21-note, Ro 7:25-note, Ro 16:27-note, 1Cor 15:57, 2Cor 1:5, 3:4, 5:18, Gal 1:1, Eph 1:5-note, Php 1:11-note, 1Th 5:9-note; Titus 3:6-note, He 1:2-note; He 2:10-note, Heb 13:21-note, 1Pe 2:5-note, 1Pe 4:11-note, Jude 1:25). 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. 4:11b, 12). “I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me; and I will do what God has called me to do, whether I am blessed or whether I am left alone.”. 115-116). Philippians 4:13 has been a puzzle to many people. -- Vernon C. Grounds (Our Daily Bread, Copyright RBC Ministries, Grand Rapids, MI. Christ not only gives us our crown—but our shield. Thanking God for our daily bread, even when we’ve got enough in the bank for many days’ bread, keeps us humbly trusting in Him in times of abundance. If you are called to any work, go straight at it, wilting this upon your escutcheon. "The saints overcame the accuser of the brethren—by the blood of the Lamb" Revelation 12:11. It is exceeding broad for it says, “I can do all things.” We cannot, of course, mention “all things,” this morning; for the subject is illimitable in its extent. Let it teach you to cease from yourself, but not from your work. Though I have not outward comforts and worldly conveniences to supply my necessities, yet I have a sufficient portion between Christ and my soul abundantly to satisfy me in every condition.”. Yes, I find myself more helpless now—than I thought myself then. Does it mean you can go outside and jump over your house? We can do all things through Christ, because He is the light. In all things I continue to be strong by the One Who infuses the power into me. You are here in this world, and can do all things in respect to this world. You can face everything he wants you to face, you can fight every battle he wants you to fight, you can obey every command, you can endure every trial, and you can overcome every temptation through Jesus Christ. You can do nothing without that. In 2Corinthians 3:18 Paul tells us that as we behold the Lord’s glory, we are transformed more and more into His image. There is no corruption, no evil propensity, no failing that you cannot overcome, through Christ which strengtheneth you. Strengthens (1743) (endunamoo from en = in + dunamóo = from dúnamis which means to be able or to have power Click for in depth word study of dunamis) means to enable one to do or experience something. So when passing through Rome, he got in touch with Timothy and arranged an interview with Paul the prisoner. For many years, Hudson Taylor worked hard and felt that he was trusting Christ to meet his needs, but somehow he had no joy or liberty in his ministry. The two can no more co-exist, than light and darkness can co-exist in the same space. It will be worth it (Ro 8:28), “I can’t forgive myself” Philippians 4:2–3, Part 2. But observe that our text does not say, “I can do all things through Christ, which has strengthened me;” it is not past, but present strength that we want. But he couldn’t go any further and felt constrained to go back. It would be a great help to us all if we could look at difficulties and trials in this way. In elucidating this passage, we shall shew. So no matter what happens to us or what others do to us, we have the steady assurance that the Lord is for us and He will not forsake us. 18. Do as Samson did—he first cried to God for help and then having taken hold of the pillars, he pulled down the house upon the Philistines! And the God of peace will be with you: If the Philippians did as Paul had instructed, not only would they have had the peace of God, but the God of peace would have also been with them. From that source he receives all that he can stand in need of—, Christ is not so prodigal of his favours, as to confer them in needless profusion: he rather apportions our strength to the occasions that arise to call it forth. “It is good for nothing” (Mt 5:13-note): “shall not be able” (Luke 13:24): “I can do all things” (Philippians 4:13): “availeth much” (Jas 5:16)… (In sum ischus is) indwelling power put forth or embodied, either aggressively or as an obstacle to resistance: physical power organized or working under individual direction. Cinnamon rolls are one of my favorite desserts. It pleased the Father that in Him should all fullness dwell, a full supply for all a believer’s wants. 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. Who would not wish to be such a favoured one, feeling ever the gentle touch of the hands of God, empowering us, and working with us! 32:17); God is “able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think” (Eph. He is the water of life, which our souls are to drink of constantly. — “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. He is our righteousness. Certainly God cannot be blamed for our sins, but only He can provide the spiritual power to enable us to live godly lives. You can go upon the tottering walls and slay the sons of Anak, and although they be strong men, who like the giants had six toes on each foot and six fingers on each hand you shall be more than a match for them all. Difficulties are God's way of leading us to rely on His almighty sufficiency. The secret for contentment in every situation is to focus on the Lord--as Sovereign, as Savior, and as the Sufficient One. How may we fight the good fight so as to overcome? And so must you, feeling that whether he bid you do one thing or another in all states and in all circles, you can do what God will have you do, for through him you can do all things. Jesus is mine, there’s nothing between. And what shall we say to our apostle, little in stature, stammering in speech, his personal presence weak, and his speech contemptible, when he comes forward and boasts, “I can do all things?” O impudent presumption! 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. If a man fears death he feels a thousand deaths in fearing one. Philippians 4:13: "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me." We can be victorious through Christ's strength, but we shouldn't force this truth on people who are feeling overwhelmed. Naked, flee to You for dress; Paul’s words show …. There is no doubt whatever that Jesus Christ makes his people strong by strengthening their faith. (Pentecost, J. D. The Joy of Living: A Study of Philippians. Scripture: Philippians 4:2–3. "Today God enabled me to overcome my fear through faith." With the enablement of the Holy Spirit, we can refuse to paint our lives in the dull gray of grumbling and complaining. Now I look down and wish I was in a rowboat, fishing.”, Contentment can be an elusive pursuit. We’ll look first at what contentment is as Paul describes it; and then at how we acquire it. And as we observe Him, as we maintain this relationship with Him through His word, we are transformed more and more into His likeness; we are enabled by the Holy Spirit to progressively manifest the graces of godly character. The endowment was not of miracle, but of grace." 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 … The most important part of a tree is the part you cannot see, the root system, and the most important part of the Christian’s life is the part that only God sees. (Cranford, C. W. Cups of Light : And other illustrations. Prayer brings God over to our side, and then we are on the strongest side. 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. "I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me!" I have renounced all sinful pleasure; While he was a poor man he was a prince in a peasant’s garb; when he became rich, he was poor in a bad sense — mean in heart with means in hand. It's not as if Paul is saying, "I can do anything I can dream up." you will have much to answer for with regard to the souls of your fellow men. Paul has been thanking the Philippians for their love for him and the material support they had been led to give to him. If you lean upon them they shall all deceive you. Finally, he got an idea. We are to put Him on continually. A Christian's strength lies in Christ, "I can do everything through Him who gives me strength." To put this another way, coveting is a theological issue: Ultimately, it concerns our relationship with God. But in Christ, he could enjoy peace and purpose at all times. 3:20-note). Oh what beauty there is in the comparison! He uses all our circumstances to train us in godliness if we submit to Him and trust Him. All rights reserved. Stepping inside his cell, the merchant was surprised to find the apostle looking rather old and physically frail, but he felt at once the strength, the serenity, and the magnetism of this man who relied on Christ as his all in all. Not by trying but through trusting, If it's not so good, I can deal with it. They talked for some time, and finally the merchant left. He was ever looking unto Jesus. I give you wisdom (1Co 1:30), “I feel all alone” ", It is a temper of mind which we might well covet. This verse is not a blank check. He decided not to retrace his steps then, but to drop off something that evening. Verily, Christians can do all things through Christ who strengtheneth them. Endunamoo - 7x in the NT - Acts 9:22; Ro 4:20; Ep 6:10; Phil. He is not only a well of salvation—but we must draw water out of it with joy—and drink of it to the refreshing of our souls! Ours lies in our Head, Christ (Ep 4:15, 16-note, Ep 5:23-note, Col 1:18-note, Col 2:10-note, Col 2:19-note). There have been some men who, puffed up with vanity, have in their hearts said, “I can do all things.” Their destruction has been sure, and near at hand. It matters not what suffering his persecutors might put upon him, he felt that he was quite able through divine grace to bear it, and no doubt though Paul had seen the inside of almost every Roman prison, yet he had never been known to quake in any one of them; though he understood well the devices which Nero had invented to put torment upon Christians; though he had heard doubtless in his cell of those who were smeared with pitch and set on fire in Nero’s gardens to light his festivities, though he had heard of Nero’s racks and chains and hot pincers, yet he felt persuaded that rack and pincers, and boiling pitch, would not be strong enough to break his faith. -Charles A. Tindley (Play Hymn). 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). Jesus was teaching that if we will put our focus on serving Him and growing in righteousness, God will take care of our basic material needs. 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. Nothing is beyond my power in the strength of him who makes me strong! Luke 16:3 "And the steward said to himself, 'What shall I do, since my master is taking the stewardship away from me? 13 I can do all this through him who gives me strength. 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. If you could do nothing you might be excused for not attempting it, but if you put in the slightest pretense to my text you must allow my right to put this question to you. But I come now to the third part of my discourse, which is The Message Of The Text. They would sit as a coroner’s inquest, and if it were not dead they would at least put it to death while they were deliberating thereon. We’re always on the move, looking for a better house, a better job, a better place to live and raise a family, a better place to retire. We aren’t content to live within our means, so we go into debt to live just a bit better than we can afford, but then we suffer anxiety from the pressure of paying all our bills. Peter's shield was bruised—but Christ ensured that it was not broken. If He takes our riches, our joy remains steady, because we are fixed on Him (see 1Ti 6:6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 17, 18, 19). Sitting one day this week with a poor aged woman who was sick, she remarked that oftentimes she was tempted by Satan; and sometimes she said, “I am a little afraid, but I do not let other people know, lest they should think that Christ’s disciples are not a match for Satan. Those two remind me of the way believers sometimes feel about their struggle with sins of the flesh. A W Pink instructs that if we would walk worthy of the calling to which we have been called, we would…. It is very likely that God, in His sovereign calling and preparation of Paul for his tremendous task, had endowed him with more noble qualities and strength of character than any person since; yet Paul consistently attributes his spiritual strength and accomplishments to the Lord’s power. All rights reserved). As the student walked away, she saw him limping. 7 and the peace of God which is beyond our understanding will guard your hearts and your thoughts in Christ Jesus. You shall be weak and contemptible, however rich or however great you may be in these things, if you lack the all-sufficient strength. Vain is eloquence, vain are gifts of genius, vain is ability, vain are wisdom and learning, all these things may be serviceable when consecrated by the power of God, but apart from the strength of Christ they shall all fail you. Holiness), Jerry Bridges in his modern day classic "The Practice of Godliness" notes that. I am currently doing research for a sermon on 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. As I always have a very great preponderance of men — therefore, I suppose I am warranted in appealing to you, — are there not here those who might be speakers for God, who might be useful in his service? I need prayer to accept this as God's goodness for me. We may not always feel its presence; but we shall find it present whenever we begin to draw on it. Mark 2:17 And hearing this, Jesus said to them, "it is not those who are healthy who need a physician, but those who are sick; I did not come to call the righteous, but sinners.". He gives me love that casts out fear; Cf. “A strong man” (Mt 12:29): a mighty famine (Luke 15:14): his letters are powerful (2 Cor. 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? 4:11-note). He is the root and beginning of all holiness, and the way to be holy is to come to Him by faith and be joined to Him. Christ keeps the royal fort of grace—so that it is not blown up. 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. ", "I'm a single mother rearing two boys by myself. Together with this faith it often happens that the Holy Spirit also gives a singular firmness of mind — I might almost call it a celestial obstinacy of spirit. He is the Manna which you must daily eat and the Rock of which you must daily drink. If my Master were to call me this day from addressing this assembly to sweep a street-crossing, I know not that I should feel very contented with my lot for awhile; but I do not doubt that I could do it through Christ that strengtheneth me. Then a letter from a friend opened his eyes to the adequacy of Christ. He was ready to be offered up, and made a sacrifice for his Master’s cause. Had we retained the term "enforce" with the same meaning as its common compound "re-enforce", we should have had a good and equivalent translation of the participle. To do this we can begin passing on to others the goodness God has given us rather than burdening them with complaints about what He hasn't given us.—D C Egner (Our Daily Bread, Copyright RBC Ministries, Grand Rapids, MI. 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. John Piper That ass's jawbone lying on the earth, what can it do? I am glad to see so large a proportion of men here. Kregel Publications). They cast therefore, and then they were not able to haul it in because of the great number of fish. He is the Sovereign One to whom I must submit; He is the Savior whom I must serve; He is the Sufficient One whom I must trust. Reprinted by permission. The one purpose of our life should therefore be to remain in living and intense union with Christ, guarding against everything that would break it, employing every means of cementing and enlarging it. seek grace to appropriate Philippians 4:13, and turn it into earnest prayer: "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me." 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. Hour by hour, as the tides of golden sun-heat are quietly absorbed by flowers and giant trees--so will the strength of the living Saviour pass into our receptive natures. Because the Lion of the tribe of Judah has defended them! We can do all things through Christ, because He is love. Jn 1:3 [NIV reads "through Him"], Jn 1:7, John 1:10, Jn 3:17, Jn 14:6, Acts 2:22, 3:16, Acts 7:25, Acts 10:43, Acts 13:38, 39, Ro 5:9 [note], Ro 8:37 [note], Ro 11:36 [note]; 1Co 8:6, Ep 2:18 [note], Php 4:13 [note], Col 1:20 [note], Col 2:15 [note], Col 3:17 [note], Heb 7:25 [note], Heb 13:15 [note], 1Pe 1:21[note], 1John 4:9, Would you like more study on the wonderful topic of through Him? Please take note that He promises to supply our needs, not our greed. What has he sent you here for? You can do nothing of yourself, but Christ being with you, you can make their high walls fall flat even as the walls of Jericho. 2:5, 6, 7, 8 - Obedient - Eph. He said, “I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. Listen and watch Steven Curtis Chapman's "His Strength is Perfect"… I can do all things…Play His strength is perfect, “I have strength for all things in Him Who strengthens me.”, I can do all things in Him strengthening me. I. What canst thou do, Paul? Or, if you will take a modern instance of a man who was born to rule and govern, and found his way upwards from the lowest ranks to the highest point of empire, call to mind Napoleon. In the context He is talking about how to be free from anxiety, or how to be content in our soul. Privation, suffering, and martyrdom could not subdue him and what might seem impracticable should be surmounted by Him in His borrowed might. It is just with God, that he who trusts himself (cp Pr 3:5, 6, Ps 37:3, 5-note)—should be left to himself! "I can do all things through Christ." Paul also wrote that we should care for one another and share in one another's distress (Galatians 6:2; Php 2:4 [note]; Php 4:14 [note]). 2:2; 1 Chr. The Christian is not like an automobile with a self-contained power source; rather, he is like an electric motor that must be constantly connected to an outside current for its power. The barber sheepishly confessed, "I have." It can speak of having the required personal resources to accomplish some objective as here in Php 4:13 or conversely with the negative speaks of that which is good for nothing (Mt 5:13-note). 4:13. Our discontent is reflected in our high rate of mobility. ", There is not a brick nor a stone laid in the work of our sanctification until we go to Christ. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want” (Phil. Translate, "I have all" that I want, "and more than enough." And the light goes out in the sky. Christ puts his hand upon thy loins to day, and he saith, “Up and be doing;” and do thou reply, “Yea, Lord, I will be doing, for I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.” I am persuaded there is no work to which a Christian can be called for which he will not be found well qualified. Today so strong and brave, It is all from Him, through Him and to Him be the glory. Never go to work alone. An army and a fortress are both ischuros. 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. On the authority of the Word of God, we say there is nothing that Jesus Christ cannot do from glory through us. Who will deliver me from this body of death?" Would you continue holy? Paul uses endunamoo commanding the Ephesian saints to, be strong (endunamoo = present imperative = command to continually be empowered via union with Christ) in the Lord and in the strength of His might." 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. The Christian's strength lies in Christ. 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