This week we will complete our study of Philippians. Chapter 4 is a book of rejoicing. The key verse is verse 4.
Rejoice in the Lord always: and again I say, Rejoice. (Philippians 4:4)
Today we see how God supplies Paul’s needs.
7. God supplies Paul’s needs (15-23)
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. For even in Thessalonica ye sent once and again unto my necessity. Not because I desire a gift: but I desire fruit that may abound to your account. But I have all, and abound: I am full, having received of Epaphroditus the things which were sent from you, an odor of a sweet smell, a sacrifice acceptable, well pleasing to God. But my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus. Now unto God and our Father be glory for ever and ever. Amen. Salute every saint in Christ Jesus. The brethren which are with me greet you. All the saints salute you, chiefly they that are of Caesar’s household. The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen.
- Stand fast
- Be of the same mind
- Moderation (self control)
- Do what Paul instructed
- God will supply your needs
Paul ends the book of Philippians by telling of his faith in God. He clearly states that God supplied all his needs. That he has all and abounds. That he is full. He thanks the Philippians for their gift. He tells them that God will supply all their needs in Christ Jesus.
Paul challenges the Philippians to keep on, keeping on (stand fast).
That would the challenge for us. Stand fast in these days of wickedness and deceit. Continue to present the gospel, obey God’s word, pray, and rely solely on God.
Tom Stearns, WASI Chaplain, 907 715-4001