24: “I Can Do All Things through Christ Who
Strengthens Me” (Php 4:10-23)
Paul has ended
his exhortations to the Philippians. He now closes the letter with some
personal notes. He expresses his gratitude for their love and generous support.
But he also makes it clear that his ministry is not profit-driven. Rather, he
has everything he needs through the power of Christ. Finally, he concludes the
epistle with greetings and benedictions.
“I can do all
things through Christ who strengthens me” (4:13).
Did You Know…?
(4:15): “The northern part of modern-day Greece,
where Berea and Thessalonica, as well as Philippi, were located.”4/1809
2. Caesar’s household (4:22): These were “not
blood relatives of the emperor, but those employed (slaves or freedmen) in or
around the palace area” 4/1810
1. In which verses does Paul speak mainly
about himself? What does he say about himself?
2a. What does Paul say
in this passage about the believers’ care for him?
2b. What can we learn
from the Philippians in our care for others?
3. Did Paul rejoice because his needs were
met? Explain the reason for his joy.
4a. What causes
discontentment? Are you discontented with your life right now?
4b. How can we be always content, even when we
are abased, hungry, or in need?
5. Paul uses the word “learned” twice (11,12). What does this indicate about achieving contentment?
6a. What does Paul mean
by “I can do all things”?
6b. What does it mean
for us to do things “through Christ”?
6c. Think of a personal
experience in which you found sufficiency in Christ’s strength.
6d. Have you learned to be content in Christ?
7. Who benefits the most from the Philippians’
8. What are the correct motives and attitude
9. Why is the Philippians’ gift to Paul a
sweet-smelling aroma and acceptable sacrifice to God?
10. How has this epistle changed your attitude
and values in life? Meditate on the teachings you have gathered from the study
of this book and think about what changes you can make to your life today.