Posted: December 1, 2005
A Study of Positional Truths
CHRIST study of positional truth takes us this week to Philippians
4:10-14. The text says, “But
I rejoice in the Lord greatly. That now at the last your care of me hath
flourished again; wherein ye were also careful, but ye lacked
opportunity. Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned in
whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content. I know both how to be
abased, and I know how to abound: Everywhere and in all things I am
instructed both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to
suffer need. I can do all things, through Christ, which strengtheneth
me. Notwithstanding ye have well done, that ye did communicate with my
Paul’s closing words to the church at Philippi. He closes with a note
of ‘rejoicing in the Lord’. The word ‘rejoice’ is a word
of salutation. It means cheerful happiness, calm delight, and to speak
well of. Paul in a calm manner speaks well with cheerful happiness of
this church. Paul rejoices ‘greatly’. The word ‘greatly’
means exceeding, abundantly, and in an excessive manner. He is
rejoicing over their ‘flourishing’ care for him. The word ‘flourish’
has the idea to make a dry tree to blossom again. It means to bud forth
again in care or interest of another.
mentions their care for him in Chapter 4, verse 18. The gifts sent he
says were, “…an odor of sweet smell, a sacrifice acceptable, well
pleasing to God.” The word ‘abound’ that Paul uses means to
be filled full and at present well supplied. He rates the gifts they
have sent with Old Testament sacrificial offerings given to the Lord in
behalf of his people. Truly these gifts were simply amazing.
When I think
of all that I have today I can do no less than rejoice. The gifts
through churches and individuals have filled the air of my life with a
sweet odor of sacrifice well pleasing to our God.
us in verse 11 this thought, “…for I have learned…” It has the
idea of coming into a new condition. The new condition is a state of
being content. The word ‘content’ means to be independent of
external circumstances. He was independent of circumstances because he
was dependent upon Christ. He explained this thought in verse 13 when
he said he could do all things only through the strength he had from
being IN CHRIST. One has paraphrased this verse, ‘I can do all
things through Christ who keeps pouring his power into my life’.
There is another blessed paraphrase, which says, ‘I can do all things
through Christ resting sweetly in His control’.
us in verse 12 he has learned some things through ‘instruction’.
The word ‘instructed’ means to learn in secret. Paul has learned
in secret how to be abased. The word means to render humble through
humiliation. He says he has learned how to ‘abound’. The word ‘abound’
means to overflow in fullness. Paul says I have been hungry and had
great needs with no signs of provision.
In verse 14 he tells them “…ye have well done.” The phrase means
you have a done a beautiful thing. Paul says they have ‘communicated’
with his needs. The idea is that they have made themselves responsible
for the satisfying of his needs. In this season of giving let me give
thanks not only for Him but for the people though which our needs have
been supplied. I thank those churches and individuals who support on a
regular basis. I could not do it without you folks. I thank all of you
who have sent notes and e-mails with questions and thoughts of
appreciation. I thank you who have been faithful to study with us
online weekly from the website. I appreciate you who have bought tapes
and shared them with others thus enlarging our coasts. I thank those
who have stepped out with great sacrificial gifts of two cars this
year. I truly see all these gifts as an odor of sweet smelling
sacrifice that is very pleasing to our God.
To Him be all the glory!