This short Reflection will show us what is the Meaning of the Word in Philippians 4:13 “I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me” and what is its explanation. Read also: Peter denies Jesus – Reflection in the Bible.
I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me
In these times we can see that this word is very popular among Christians and the people of the world. In that way, anyone can use this Bible verse as an amulet or to impart strength. But analyzing in a deeper way, the context of these words goes far beyond all this.
If we read the entire letter of Philippians, the Apostle Paul wrote it from a prison in Rome and from there he imparted strength to the Church of Philippi, speaking of joy in suffering (Phil 1: 1-30), joy in service (Phil 2: 1-30), joy in faith (Phil 3: 1-21) joy in giving (Phil 4: 1-23). He also told them that he knew how to live humbly or in abundance, be satisfied or suffer needs (Philippians 4:12).
But if we add to that what he said in the Second Letter to the Corinthians:
Of the Jews five times received I forty stripes save one. Thrice was I beaten with rods, once was I stoned, thrice I suffered shipwreck, a night and a day I have been in the deep; In journeyings often, in perils of waters, in perils of robbers, in perils by mine own countrymen, in perils by the heathen, in perils in the city, in perils in the wilderness, in perils in the sea, in perils among false brethren; In weariness and painfulness, in watchings often, in hunger and thirst, in fastings often, in cold and nakedness. Beside those things that are without, that which cometh upon me daily, the care of all the churches (2 Corinthians 11:24-28).
Then we can see how the Apostle Paul, the message he wanted to give to the Church was that despite all the difficulties he had had, in Christ he could overcome all these tests.
Therefore, the apostle Paul could do everything with the help of Christ, not separated from Christ.
I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing (John 15:5).
In this way, a person who does not believe in Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior (not converted to Christ), cannot say “I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me” (Phil 14:13), if Christ is not in him. Because the person who is in Christ no longer practices sin and has been born again.
He that committeth sin is of the devil; for the devil sinneth from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil. Whosoever is born of God doth not commit sin; for his seed remaineth in him: and he cannot sin, because he is born of God (1 John 3:8-9).
On the other hand, as for the Christian brother, it is not that all of us have the same strength as Paul to endure the difficulties, because God will not give more than we can bear (1 Cor 10:13) . For this reason, the Word teaches us that when we are in Christ our problems or difficulties can be overcome in Him.
We can remind you, those who are beginning to walk with Christ or those who have a lot of time in the gospel, how we had to face our problems alone before we met the Lord Jesus. In my case, it was very difficult, painful and often impossible to face any difficulty before knowing God.
In conclusion, God wants us to approach Him, to overcome any obstacle or difficulty in our lives. The Lord is inviting everyone who has a willing heart for Him, who is going through problems of illness, depression, drugs, alcohol or any situation. One day I decided to give my life to Jesus and I can tell you that it was the best decision I could make.
The Lord is good, a strong hold in the day of trouble; and he knoweth them that trust in him (Nahum 1:7).