Philippians 4:13 is probably one of the most taken out of context verses in the Bible. Most people Christians and non Christians have this verse as their life verse; they put the verse on a notebook, their shoe, or even book back. People quote this verse all the time when they are going through something difficult but these people have no idea what this passage really means. In this paper we will see what Paul was talking about when he said, “I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.”
Philippians is the book of joy. Paul was writing to the church in Philippi because these two women Euodias and Syntyche were arguing about something. According to Pulpit Commentary, “These ladies seem to have held a high position in that Church; possibly they may have been deaconesses, like Phœbe at Cenchrea. Their dissensions disturbed the peace of the Church. The repeated “I beseech’ is emphatic; it may, perhaps also imply that both were in fault. St. Paul earnestly begs them to be reconciled, and to be reconciled as Christians, in the Lord, as members of his body, in the consciousness of his presence.” In verse four Paul says, “Rejoice in the Lord alway; and again I say, Rejoice.” If anyone had a reason to worry it was Paul. He could have been worried for the church that he was writing to. According to the Bible Exposition Commentary, “Added to these burdens was the possibility of his own death! Yes, Paul had a good excuse to worry—but he did not! Instead, he took time to explain to us the secret of victory over worry.”
The next several verses are verses pertaining to the two women and to people today. Paul is telling the people there to rejoice in the Lord, to make ones requests known to the Lord, and to trust Gods peace. With these three things is would cancel any conflict those two women were having. In verse eight says, “Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just,...
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