Summary: Do we truly trust God with our power or ourselves and other things? Concluding look at Philippians especially concentrating on Philippians 4:13
Where and what is your power? Are you (living) empowered? By what means (en toi)
13 I can do all things through him who strengthens me. (NRSV)
13 I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me. (KJV)
13 I can do everything through him who gives me strength. (NIV)
Whatever I have, wherever I am, I can make it through anything in the One who makes me who I am. (MSG)
13 πάντα ἰσχύω ἐν τῷ ἐνδυναμοῦντί με.
IN all things I have power look around…is this seriously true? Strange don’t you think to make such a statement on a day like this…without power. (maybe this isn’t what Paul had in mind)
In all things I have power (strength, wellness, good health) look around…is this true? Or is it also strange to make such a statement on a day like this?
In all things I have power…is this simply an external comment, stating that I only feel like I have power, or it just seems on the outside like I have power)
When in reality…in many things I have neither strength, wellness nor good health. And so Paul how is such a comment possible?
Paul says, “in all of these things I have power” but maybe that’s because he’s never sat freezing his buns off in a building undergoing Power Upgrades that sits literally powerless. He’s never sat beside me…he’s not here right now and he’s never felt powerless as I sometimes do!
Powerless--- routine struggles of everyday life
mental illness, S.P.C.C. Father/Husband/ Parenting
Fears in life like—Death, loneliness, depression
We don’t simply need a power outage like the present one to remind us of how powerless we can feel sometimes.
What things is Paul talking about that seems to have given him life experience that in all things he feels he has power:
If your thinking what does Paul know about being powerless…
Consider his blindness
Consider his imprisonments
Consider his beatings
Consider his weakness of the flesh
Consider his life
And we find a man speaking from a wealth of experience and practice (see Greek word below)
Contextually Paul is talking about his physical needs in this passage:
Being Fed/Being hungry
IN abundance and in want
IN humble conditions and in extravagant conditions
It is these things that Paul says he has strength or power
(not walking on water as we sometimes jokingly wish we had the power to do—consider how many times you’ve used this passage to mean more than our simple living conditions—I can do all things through him who gives me strength)
But Paul says two very important things:
ἔμαθον (μαvθavw) I have learned/been taught
acquired the habit/custom from experience/practice
αὐτάρκης (άρκew) to be satisfied/content/adequate in myself
μεμύημαι (μuεw) be disciplined in a practical way (I have learned the lesson)