But whatever the reason, Paul knew that God was in control, God knew his need, and God would supply or not supply as He saw fit. Paul mentions that the Philippians had revived their concern for him. He will stand by us; He will dwell in us; He will live through us--strengthening us with strength in our souls. Let us go and do likewise (Heb. However, the puzzle disappears when you read the verse in … The crown of all the saints' victories must he set upon the head of Christ! “Paul is in love.” The merchant looked puzzled. The one purpose of our life should therefore be to remain in living and intense union with Christ, guarding against everything that would break it, employing every means of cementing and enlarging it. A week later the man returned looking more distraught than before. Spiritually in the things of Christ you are not able to accomplish even the meanest thing without him. Other foundation of holiness can no man lay than that which Paul laid, even Christ Jesus. “I can do all things through Christ which strengthens me. 1 & 2 Timothy and Titus : To Guard the Deposit. No one knows what it cannot do now that a Samson wields it. Php 4:13. π. Ισχ. Philippians 4:13: "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me." We can’t jump into the presence of God, but Jesus can lift us into the presence of God. Paul was a man of God indeed, a holy man, a growing thriving Christian, and what was the secret of it all? We enjoy every minute of it now that there’s no goat--only the nine of us.” (Reader’s Digest [12/81].) I have not given you a spirit of fear (2Ti 1:7), “I’m always worried and frustrated” Deeply consider, that without this inward enjoyment of Christ—you cannot be … happy in your soul, comfortable in your walk, nor holy in your life. No! Put a certain number of men in a shipwreck; the weak and feeble shall die, those who are strong and healthy, who have not by voluptuousness become delicate, shall brave the cold and rigours of the elements, and shall live. We can do all things through Christ, for He is the victor. Where Christ is most precious—there sin is exceedingly sinful; and self is humbled and loathed! Cf. It is only by abiding in Him that we can bring forth the fruit of godly character. This thought made him even acquiesce willingly to the thorn in his flesh. Christ puts his hand upon thy loins to day, and he saith, “Up and be doing;” and do thou reply, “Yea, Lord, I will be doing, for I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.” I am persuaded there is no work to which a Christian can be called for which he will not be found well qualified. I give you wisdom (1Co 1:30), “I feel all alone” Endunamoo is in the present tense indicating that Christ is continually able to infuse or pour in the power we need for the need of the moment. Short, pithy words; but what a glorious utterance! All rights reserved). We are to feed upon Him daily. Let’s show the world how far we can jump—when we let Jesus lift us. The Old Version gave "through Christ;" the New alters it to "in Him." That donkey’s jawbone lying on the earth, what can it do? Lightfoot: I can do and bear all things in Christ who inspires me with strength. Kregel Publications, Philippians 4:13: One Word You Shouldn't Say In 1993, Wiersbe, W: Bible Exposition Commentary. “I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.” — Philippians 4:13. If you have grace in your heart, you are called to do good to others. You say, “I can do all things,” in the name of reason I ask why are you doing nothing? 18. It can speak of having the required personal resources to accomplish some objective as here in Php 4:13 or conversely with the negative speaks of that which is good for nothing (Mt 5:13-note). In 2Corinthians 3:18 Paul tells us that as we behold the Lord’s glory, we are transformed more and more into His image. Wiersbe, W: With the Word: Chapter-by-Chapter Bible Handbook. If we think so—it is plain that we are not growing up into Christ—but growing down into self! (Wiersbe, W: With the Word: Chapter-by-Chapter Bible Handbook. Finally, the last message that I have is this: Paul says, in the name of all Christians “I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.” I say, not in Paul’s name only, but in the name of my Lord and Master Jesus Christ, How is it that some of you are doing nothing? So do you my dear brothers and sisters. No, “I can do all things,” saith he, “through Christ which strengtheneth me.” Looking boldly around him he turns the eye of his faith humbly towards his God and Savior, Jesus Christ, and dares to say, not impiously, nor arrogantly, yet with devout reverence and dauntless courage, “I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.”, My brethren, when Paul said these words, he meant them. Understanding Philippians 4:13 provides a short commentary of Philippians 4:13. The Christian's strength lies in Christ. If your treasure is in the kingdom of God, your heart will be there, and it is a secure, certain realm. They have leagued and banded together for your destruction. Where’s the balance between being content and yet trying to better your situation or solve certain problems? Do you feel this day a real hearty desire to be holy? Jn 1:3 [NIV reads "through Him"], Jn 1:7, John 1:10, Jn 3:17, Jn 14:6, Acts 2:22, 3:16, Acts 7:25, Acts 10:43, Acts 13:38, 39, Ro 5:9 [note], Ro 8:37 [note], Ro 11:36 [note]; 1Co 8:6, Ep 2:18 [note], Php 4:13 [note], Col 1:20 [note], Col 2:15 [note], Col 3:17 [note], Heb 7:25 [note], Heb 13:15 [note], 1Pe 1:21[note], 1John 4:9, Would you like more study on the wonderful topic of through Him? His spiritual battle might have left him in despair if he had not found the solution. This verse is not a blank check. Holiness is the work He carries on in their hearts by the Spirit whom He puts within them. Do as Samson did—he first cried to God for help and then having taken hold of the pillars, he pulled down the house upon the Philistines! The friend had meant well. The Greek preposition is “in,” not “through.” It points to that vital, personal union with Christ that we have seen repeatedly throughout Philippians. "I know what it is to have money in the bank and I know what it is to be flat broke. Paul had strength so long as Jesus kept putting His power into him. Apart from Him we can do nothing. Wuest: I am strong for all things in the One who constantly infuses strength in me. He lived in 19th century Bristol, England where he founded an orphanage. The president's wife came to the door and explained politely that her family didn't need any more books. We spend money that we can’t afford on the lottery, hoping to win a big jackpot that will give us what we want in life. Will you deny yourselves for Christ? All rights reserved. They toil and labor and turn over many new leaves and make many changes; and yet, like the woman with the issue of blood, before she came to Christ, they feel "nothing bettered, but rather worse" (Mark 5:26). ἐνισχῦσαί σε τὴν ψυχήν μου ἀρκέσει μοι τὸ δοθέν, I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me, Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers. They are baling water out of a leaky vessel; the leak gains on them, not they on the leak. Oh! To which the student responded, "Yes, it does. “I can do”: “He has the power to cope with or is competent and able to … If you substitute any word for Christ, then you must change the second phrase to: “To die is loss.”. Here's his approach: Each morning he prays, "Lord, I go forth in Your strength alone. Philippians 4:12-13. The reason Paul knew that God would meet his basic needs was that Jesus had promised, “Seek first His kingdom and His righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you” (Mt 6:33-note). The point is that Paul had come to learn the secret that God would never require him to accomplish or carry out some task without also supplying the grace needed to bring the task to completion and/or fruition. Commentary on Philippians 4:1 (Read Philippians 4:1) The believing hope and prospect of eternal life, should make us steady and constant in our Christian course. But the church today is selling out the joy of trusting in the all-sufficient Christ for a mess of worldly pottage that does not satisfy. But let me notice that Paul here meant that he could endure all trials. Philippians 4:13 "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me" (Philippians 4:13, NKJV). Ischuo is used 71x in the Septuagint (Lxx) -, Ge 31:29; Ex 1:9, 12, 20; Lv 5:7; 27:8; Nu 22:6; Dt. It is the fruit of being a living branch of the true Vine. Nobody knows. From that source he receives all that he can stand in need of—, Christ is not so prodigal of his favours, as to confer them in needless profusion: he rather apportions our strength to the occasions that arise to call it forth. O consider—Christ is given to us—to be enjoyed by us! So, we may say, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me” (Php 4:13). After special instances he declares his universal power—how triumphantly, yet how humbly! Ischuo can speak of physical power (Mk 2:17, 5:4, 9:12). Thanking God for our daily bread, even when we’ve got enough in the bank for many days’ bread, keeps us humbly trusting in Him in times of abundance. (John 15:4, 5). I am currently doing research for a sermon on Phil. Let us pray that God will enable us to overcome all our ghostly enemies. Some fight against sin in the strength of their vows and resolutions—and so are foiled. Paul tells slaves not to give undue concern to gaining their freedom, but if they are able to do so, they should (1Co 7:21). I am ready for anything through the strength of the one who lives within me. I’m talking about those delectable works of art you can only purchase at a bakery. Philippians 4:13. He will ask no Peter to come to Him on the water, unless He impart at the same time strength and support on the unstable waves. 4:13 in context. We can’t jump out of our selfishness and fears, but, if we let him, Jesus can lift us out of our selfishness and fears.”. Do not think to make yourself ready. Cease not from God’s work, because you are unable to perform it of yourself. The former part of the sentence would be a piece of impudent daring without the latter part to interpret it. Paul visited Philippi again onhis third journey (Acts 20:1-6). He began at the home of the school president. you will have much to answer for with regard to the souls of your fellow men. Christ is not wisdom and righteousness only to His people, but sanctification also. Whenever we give in to this temptation, we can repent by practicing the godliness of contentment. You will have remarked, I do not doubt, in the controversies which the ancient confessors of the faith have had with heretics and persecuting kings and bishops, the singular way in which poor illiterate persons have been able to refute their opponents. ", "I'm a single mother rearing two boys by myself. Look at old Ignatius. We go after what we think will make us happy only to find that it didn’t work; in fact, we were happier before we started the quest. But, however, she answered them all with a singular power — far beyond what could have been expected of a countrywoman. Paul I know once said, “O wretched man that I am, who shall deliver me from the body of this death.” But Paul did not stay there; his music was not all in a minor key; right quickly he mounts the higher chords, and sings, “But thanks be to God who giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.” I may be addressing some Christians who have naturally a very violent temper, and you say you cannot curb it. The strength of Christ is never found in the heart that boasts its own strength. Then you must begin with Christ. He must have his heart, his hopes, his affections more with Christ, and his soul more swallowed up in the ocean of God's everlasting love in Christ—that he may be more conformed to Christ's image; and that thus, as a good soldier of Christ, he may manfully fight under His banner against the world, the flesh, and the devil, unto his life's end. So then, we not only have a precious Christ—but we are also to use Him—and enjoy His preciousness! He gives me joy in place of sorrow; It is very likely that God, in His sovereign calling and preparation of Paul for his tremendous task, had endowed him with more noble qualities and strength of character than any person since; yet Paul consistently attributes his spiritual strength and accomplishments to the Lord’s power. The Lord is near. "Oh, I'm sorry," she exclaimed. You end up burning out, because I cannot do all things in my own strength. If a man fears death he feels a thousand deaths in fearing one. Cf. I will direct your steps (Pr 3:5,6), “I can’t do it” And I've learned to be content no matter what my situation might be." Bible > Philippians > Philippians 4 > Philippians 4:13 Clarke's Philippians 4:13 Bible Commentary I can do all things - It was not a habit which he had acquired by frequent exercise, it was a disposition which he had by grace; and he was enabled … We’re always on the move, looking for a better house, a better job, a better place to live and raise a family, a better place to retire. Jesus and I. When he died, a well-worn copy of the New Testament was found in his pocket. "I've tried to quit a thousand times but I just can't." 149.). The effective prayer of a righteous man can accomplish much. That battle which commences without holy reliance upon God, shall certainly end in a terrible rout. So when passing through Rome, he got in touch with Timothy and arranged an interview with Paul the prisoner. Though I have not outward comforts and worldly conveniences to supply my necessities, yet I have a sufficient portion between Christ and my soul abundantly to satisfy me in every condition.”. Or, if you will take a modern instance of a man who was born to rule and govern, and found his way upwards from the lowest ranks to the highest point of empire, call to mind Napoleon. I see how much they need a father, and it makes me unhappy with God. Barclay: I can do all things through him who infuses strength into me. Is Paul advocating a veritable "holy omnipotence?" Philippians 4:13 is one of the most well-known New Testament verses, but it’s also notoriously misused. As the student walked away, she saw him limping. Jane Bouchier, our glorious Baptist martyr, the maid of Kent, when she was brought before Cranmer and Ridley, was able to non plus them entirely; of coarse we believe part of her power law in the goodness of the subject, for if there be a possibility of proving infant baptism by any text in the Bible, I am sure I am not aware of the existence of it; Popish tradition might confirm the innovation, but the Bible knows no more of it than the baptism of bells and the consecration of horses. (NLT - Tyndale House), Phillips: I am ready for anything through the strength of the one who lives within me. 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 matchings often, in hunger and thirst, in fastings, in cold and nakedness. Now the Christian is “like a tree that is planted by the rivers of water, and bringeth forth its fruits in its season.” It is to this change of circumstances that the Apostle more immediately refers in the text: “I have learned,” says he, “in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content. Acts 15:10 "Now therefore why do you put God to the test by placing upon the neck of the disciples a yoke which neither our fathers nor we have been able to bear? Ralph Earle summarizes these differences noting that…. 10:10): a strong consolation (He 6:18-note): a mighty angel (Re 18:21-note). John Piper Jan 7, 2020 562 Shares Look at the Book. Victor). He will not ask you to draw water if the well is too deep, or to withdraw the stone if too heavy. Acts 9:22, Eph 6:10, 1Ti 1:12, 2Ti 4:17, Heb 11:34. Called by grace in a sudden and miraculous manner, immediately — not consulting with flesh and blood — he essays to preach the gospel he has newly received. Philippians 4:13 has been a puzzle to many people. But I know that we two shall win in the end— 21:6; Acts 6:10; 15:10; 19:16, 20; 25:7; 27:16; Gal. I will develop this more next week, but I believe that Paul had a policy of not making his financial needs known to anyone except the Lord. It seems that God gives faith equal to the emergency, and weak faith can suddenly sprout, and swell, and grow, till it comes to be great faith under the pressure of a great trial Oh! You can do all things (Php 4:13), “I’m not able” Wait for nobody. Contentment comes from focusing on the Lord as the Savior whom I must serve. Galatians 2:20 (see note) brings out the vital nature of this union for Paul declares, "I have been crucified with Christ; and it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself up for me.". Here he was in prison, unable to pursue his tent-making trade, and he was in a tight spot (“affliction” in Php 4:14-note literally means “pressure”). So what does contentment mean? Then go to Christ. 16:11; 22:13; 28:7, 10, 20; 29:14; 2 Chr. I would I could thrust a thorn into the seat where you are now sitting, and make you spring for a moment to the dignity of a thought of your responsibilities. He lined the children up in front of one of the front pews and told them to jump across the aisle so they would be in front of the pew on the other side of the aisle. Philippians 4:13 was Paul's personal testimony that he had learned to be content in all situations, in plenty and in want (Php 4:11, 12). Grace itself, if it is not strengthen by Christ, will be beaten out of the field. In short, he had learned the "secret", he had counted the cost and paid the "cost", and in the crucible of testing wrought by both good times and bad times, he had come to the point of realization that his sufficiency was solely in his Savior. All the achievements in the world, both political and religious, at any time, have been begun by men who thought themselves called to perform them, and believed it possible that they should be accomplished. Study also the NT uses of the parallel phrase through Jesus (or similar phrases - "through Whom", "through our Lord", etc) - John 1:17, Acts 10:36, Ro 1:4, 5- note; Ro 1:8-note, Ro 2:16-note, Ro 5:1-note; Ro 5:2-note Ro 5:11-note, Ro 5:21-note, Ro 7:25-note, Ro 16:27-note, 1Cor 15:57, 2Cor 1:5, 3:4, 5:18, Gal 1:1, Eph 1:5-note, Php 1:11-note, 1Th 5:9-note; Titus 3:6-note, He 1:2-note; He 2:10-note, Heb 13:21-note, 1Pe 2:5-note, 1Pe 4:11-note, Jude 1:25). But even those who win large settlements in a lawsuit or a lottery jackpot are not much happier in the long run. For example, he may write, "Today I was enabled to share my testimony with a friend." And Mr. Rogers, the first put to death in England for Christ, died singing too — as if the noble army of martyrs marched to battle with music in advance. Wuest comments Paul's use of ischuo in Galatians noting that it. All rights reserved). Some of the moves are demanded by the need for decent jobs. Helpless, look to You for grace. He will not impose upon you one needless burden. To be even more specific, all we need is Jesus. “You can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth us.” I may be speaking to another who has felt a peculiar weakness of disposition, a proneness to be timid, and yielding. Away with your excuses then, which have their foundation in ignorance, and their strength in sloth. Nothing is beyond my power in the strength of him who makes me strong! There is no doubt whatever that Jesus Christ makes his people strong by strengthening their faith. And you have often thought yourself to be as contemptible as that bone. 13 I can do all this through him who gives me strength. The day when you gave yourself up to Christ, you gave yourself up wholly to him! So while we are fighting, let us be praying (Ephesians 6:1318). —Joanie Yoder (Our Daily Bread, Copyright RBC Ministries, Grand Rapids, MI. (The Epistle to the Philippians ), Nothing between my soul and my Savior, Where the finger of God points, the hand of God provides the way. Can do - I have strength (for), where Paul passes from the physical meaning ischuo to the metaphorical, spiritual meaning. Ischuo can mean “to be effective” or “to be capable of producing results” in Gal 5:6 states that the physical act of circumcision is not effective or is not capable of producing results. I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. Scripture: 1 John 4:4, Philippians 4:13, Psalms 3:5-6, John 1:41-42, John 3:19-21 (view more) (view less) Denomination: United Methodist. The *emperor Augustus allowed retired soldiers to live thereafter they had supported him in a battle in 31 *BC. PHILIPPIANS 4:13 - Jerry Bridges defines contentment as believing that God is good to me right now (The Practice of Godliness). All rights reserved). For example, Webster (Ed: remember to look up Biblical words in an English dictionary - you will many times discover a wonderful illumination/amplification of the passage you are studying) says that to infuse something is to to cause it to be permeated with something else (Ed: in context this would be Christ), the infusion resulting in an alteration which is usually for the better -- this is a good picture of what happens to the believer who submits/yields/surrenders so that he or she is constantly "infused" with Jesus! Walk through their ranks, and as they bite their iron bonds in agony and despair; say to them as you look in their face, “I can do all things;” and if loosed for a moment Diabolus should meet you in the field, and Apollyon should stride across the way, and say, “I swear by my infernal den that thou shalt come no further, here will I spill your soul,” — up at him! For Paul, being aware of Christ’s presence was as natural as breathing (Ed: cp "abiding" in Him). After I spoke on this topic at a church, I heard these comments: "It's hard for me to be content right now because I am married to an unsaved man. Those two remind me of the way believers sometimes feel about their struggle with sins of the flesh. It is good for nothing anymore, except to be thrown out and trampled under foot by men. Ischuo is the equivalent of to have efficacy, to avail or to have force. "I can do all things through Christ, who strengthens me." Philippians 4:14 Notwithstanding ye have well done, that ye did communicate with my affliction. May we all feel the importance of holiness far more than we have ever done yet! more literally, infuses strength into me, as the old verb enforce. 1:24; 3:1, 2, 25; 5:22; 8:9; 10:21; 22:3; 23:8, 11; 25:8; 28:22; 35:3, 4; 41:7; 46:2; 49:25; 50:2; 59:1; Jer 5:6; 20:11; 48:14; Da 1:4; 4:11, 20, 22; 7:21; 8:8; 10:19; Joel 3:10, Ischuo (and ischus) are somewhat similar to other Greek words (kratos, energeia) but are distinct. By recording each "enabling," he is giving God all the glory. Do not they always sound the clarion as they rush to battle, “Sound the trumpet, and heat the drums, now the conquering hero comes,” indeed — comes face to face with death, face to face with pain, and surely they who lead the van in the midst of such heroes should sing as they come to the fires. It is observing His character, His attributes, and His will in every page of Scripture. in (en) marks the union through which the moral energy is enjoyed - "in Him strengthening me," that is, in His strength communicated to me. I will give you rest (Matthew 11:28, 29, 30), “Nobody really loves me” But I come now to the third part of my discourse, which is The Message Of The Text. Go not forth to thy work therefore till thou hast first prayed. It is a strong but true saying of Traill’s: "Wisdom out of Christ is damning folly; righteousness out of Christ is guilt and condemnation; sanctification out of Christ is filth and sin; redemption out of Christ is bondage and slavery.". Sometimes we need to remember that people in other countries squeeze ten family members into a one-room, dirt-floored shanty. Kregel Publications). The one main thought of them is this--that the strength which we covet is not given to us in a lump, for us to draw upon as we choose, like electricity stored in boxes for use; it is a life, and it is only to be obtained so long as we are in living union with its source. May our years be holy years with our souls, and then they will be happy ones! You can do nothing of yourself, but Christ being with you, you can make their high walls fall flat even as the walls of Jericho. But notice, Paul learned to be content in all conditions. You will remember that after this, he undertook many difficult things; he withstood Peter to the face — no easy task with a man so bold and so excellent as Peter was, but Peter might be a time-server: Paul never. “I can endure all things,” he says “for Christ’s sake.” He daily expected that he might be led out to die, and the daily expectation of death is more bitter than death itself, for what is death? This includes prayers and encouragement (Philippians 4:1–9) and a focus on God's provision (Philippians 4:10–20), followed by a short conclusion (Philippians 4:21–23). Paul says that he had “learned the secret of being filled and going hungry, both of having abundance and suffering need” (Php 4:12). — “I can do all things!” His hosts melt away, the bravery of Grecia is too much for him; he returns to his country in dishonor. Instead continually "be desperate" for Him and your need to continually abide in Him. ’I can do all things.’” A few hours and he can do nothing except that in which the beast excels him; he eats grass like the oxen, until his hair has grown like eagles’ feathers, and his nails like birds’ claws. All things - Is this to be taken literally? Would you be a partaker of the divine nature? I CAN DO ALL THINGS: panta ischuo (1SPAI): Context - Remembering that context (the text before and after a passage) is critical for the most accurate, robust interpretation, keep in mind that this famous verse is closely "hinged" with the preceding two verses (Php 4:11, 12-note) in which Paul explains how he is able to come to the point that he can make the glorious, profound declaration in this passage. Php 4:12—"Sometimes I find myself with plenty of food and sometimes I have nothing to eat. I beseech— He repeats this twice, as if speaking to each face to face, and that with the utmost tenderness. Luke 8:43 And a woman who had a hemorrhage for twelve years, and could not be healed by anyone. (2Ti 2:1-note), In the last recorded chapter knowing that his death is imminent, Paul affirms the trustworthiness of the Lord's empowerment, writing to Timothy that, the Lord stood with me, and strengthened me, in order that through me the proclamation might be fully accomplished, and that all the Gentiles might hear; and I was delivered out of the lion's mouth." And, Philippians 4:13 clearly shows that Paul did not mean the word in the pagan sense of self-sufficiency, since he affirms that his sufficiency is in Christ. This truth is Jesus’ essential teaching in His illustration in John 15 of the vine and the branches. Go and say to Him, in the words of that beautiful hymn, "Nothing in my hand I bring, God always gives enough strength for the next step. Philippians 4:4-13. Matthew 9:12 But when He heard this, He said, "It is not those who are healthy (be strong in body, be robust, be in sound health) who need a physician, but those who are sick. I keep thinking that I can't be content as long as he's not a believer. So with the quickened yet feeble professor; he shall soon give way under trial; but the mature Christian, the strong temperate man, can endure fatigues, can perform wonders, can achieve prodigies, because his body is well disciplined, and he has not permitted its humours to overcome the powers of the soul. And what shall we say to our apostle, little in stature, stammering in speech, his personal presence weak, and his speech contemptible, when he comes forward and boasts, “I can do all things?” O impudent presumption! In all things I continue to be strong by the One Who infuses the power into me. "… Where unassisted humanity should sink and be vanquished, he should prove His wondrous superiority. I have no doubt the apostle specially meant that he found himself able to serve God in every state. The Stoics elevated this word, the ability to be free from all want or needs, as the chief of all virtues. 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But He never gives up, Part of seeking first God’s kingdom means serving Him with your money and possessions, which are not really yours, but His, entrusted to you as manager. There is no corruption, no evil propensity, no temptation to sin, which the Christian cannot overcome. “Am I my brother’s keeper?” was the language of Cain. “I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.”. What glorious lives might be the lot of the readers of these lines, if only they would abjure their own strength be it wisdom, wealth, station, or any other source of creature aid; and if they would learn that the true strength is to sit still at the source of all might and grace, receiving out of His fulness, and mingling the song of the psalm, with the glad affirmation of the Apostle: "I will love Thee, O Lord, my strength;" "I can do all things through Christ that strengthens me! 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