• Will Whitfield

I Can Do All Things - In The Word

I can do all things through Christ…..

It’s on sneakers. It’s in memes. It’s on t-shirts. It’s tattooed on people’s bodies.

Philippians 4:13 is a popular Bible verse into today’s culture. Sort of…..

You see, this is a verse that seems to be used to comment on what people are able to accomplish through faith in Christ. “No obstacle can stand in my way as long as I have Christ on my side”.

Sigh. This verse is often misquoted and definitely misunderstood outside of the context it was written in.

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

The context? Well, the writer, the Apostle Paul, was being thankful the gifts he was given. Although, he was moving focus away from the gifts as they were not as important as their spirit of generosity. He revealed that he has learned to be content whether he was rich or poor, whether he was well fed or hungry. He was able to cope with either extreme because Christ has given him the strength to do so.

So we see that this popular verse is more about being able to endure and properly handle the highs and lows of life, rather than a license to pursue the desires of the heart.

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