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A Closer Look


Perhaps in more than any of his epistles, Paul’s letter to the church at Philippi is emotionally sensitive. He begins by talking about how he feels, his confidence that the good work of Jesus will be completed in them. 

Then at the very end he says in Philippians 4:19, “And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus.” Paul has just commended them for their giving. 

He assures them that their needs will be met in Christ. But notice how Paul personalizes this verse, he says, ‘my God will meet all your needs.’ Paul isn’t just unpacking theology, but he’s also relaying personal testimony. This is powerful. 

Paul has seen God provide for his needs, and he knows that it’s true of God’s character. As he says, these are the needs God intends, which comes through the riches of Jesus in whom God fully dwells. The supply is through Jesus, the demand is our recognition that we have all we need.

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