PHILIPPIANS‬ ‭4‬:‭13‬ ‭‬‬

“For I can do everything through Christ, who gives me strength.”

Philippians‬ ‭4‬:‭13‬ ‭NLT‬‬

PHILIPPIANS 4:13 is easily one of the most misunderstood passages in the Bible. It must be properly exegeted to be properly understood. As we unpack its profound meaning, let us first understand that it is an end cap. It is meant to encapsulate an idea. That idea is that the key to peace is not ease or happiness but rather a real knowledge of who God is, your situations that you are in, and how those things measure up to each other. Whether in tragedy or triumph, your stalwartness and station is no longer dependent upon what you experience. Because of this, there is nothing that cannot be walked through with spiritual certainty. Even in death or torture, through the massive or the mundane, all things will find us in God’s loving hands and eventually taken care of in the best possible way. Armed with this knowledge, a Christian can have a sense of nobility as he faces a firing squad. But he should also have a sense of nobility as he faces less extreme gestures. He should become regal. He should become a source of peace and stability in an otherwise chaotic world. This is the context in which Christians are called a city on the hill. It is in this sense that we can do all things through Christ. Not that we can accomplish anything we desire, but that we can endure anything that we experience in such a way that God is glorified. We do not have to lose our nobility as we enter trials. We need not be anxious for life’s difficulties.we need not collapse as image bearers and beer life’s pressures.

Published by Josh McGary

MY NAME IS JOSH MCGARY. First, I am a Pastor of a small church in Portland, Oregon named Aletheia Bible Fellowship. We call it ABF. I have been a pastor there for the better part of 20 years. I am very eclectic. What I love, I love loudly and immersively. I have notable collections of toys, funko pops, and vinyl. I also infamously love pop culture, comic books, technology, the arts, psychology and philosophy.

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