Philippians 4: 4 – 23

January 28, 2023

4 Rejoice in the Lord alway: and again I say, Rejoice.

5 Let your moderation be known unto all men. The Lord is at hand.

6 Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.

7 And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

8 Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.

9 Those things, which ye have both learned, and received, and heard, and seen in me, do: and the God of peace shall be with you.

10 But I rejoiced in the Lord greatly, that now at the last your care of me hath flourished again; wherein ye were also careful, but ye lacked opportunity.

11 Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content.

12 I know both how to be abased, and I know how to abound: every where and in all things I am instructed both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need.

13 I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.

14 Notwithstanding ye have well done, that ye did communicate with my affliction.

15 Now ye Philippians know also, that in the beginning of the gospel, when I departed from Macedonia, no church communicated with me as concerning giving and receiving, but ye only.

16 For even in Thessalonica ye sent once and again unto my necessity.

17 Not because I desire a gift: but I desire fruit that may abound to your account.

18 But I have all, and abound: I am full, having received of Epaphroditus the things which were sent from you, an odour of a sweet smell, a sacrifice acceptable, wellpleasing to God.

19 But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.

20 Now unto God and our Father be glory for ever and ever. Amen.

21 Salute every saint in Christ Jesus. The brethren which are with me greet you.

22 All the saints salute you, chiefly they that are of Caesar’s household.

23 The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen. (To the Philippians written from Rome, by Epaphroditus.)

4 Rejoice in the Lord alway: and again I say, Rejoice. Today, of course, we use ‘always‘ but have you considered that word? We should read it with this understanding: Rejoice in the Lord ‘in all ways possible’ and ‘for all time’. Because that’s what that word means, ‘always’. I think we tend to see just the duration part and not the all ways possible part.

13 I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me. This verse is a little tricky: we are taught in our English classes that the word ‘which’ goes with ‘things’ and ‘who’ goes with people. So what is this verse telling us? It is telling us that all the things that Christ was and is and will ever be is that which strengthens us. Not just He Himself – which is enough and perfect – but all that He said and did and all that He is doing for us from heaven.


3 thoughts on “Philippians 4: 4 – 23”

  1. Of the above verse 12 speaks to me most. We need to experience what it is to not have enough to eat or to suffer sorrow and loneliness because otherwise how can we appreciate the good things that come with faith in God and His great goodness?

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    1. Over my 71 years, I have had those times of hunger (other people brought us food) and plenty, great sorry and wonderful joy. I don’t think there’s a person alive who hasn’t traveled the spectrum from nothing to fullness – maybe even more than once. Those down times are the most informative, I think; if all you have is plenty, you’re not learning how insignificant most of what world wants truly is. I’m happy with relatively little – because my down times were a great teacher.


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