Philippians 4:19-23 - Paul's Promise, Praise and Greeting

Steve Viars May 11, 1996 Philippians 4:19-23

- read Phil. 4:19-23

- you probably recognize verse 19 as one that this is a favorite for many
   believers.
- Who knows how many millions of times throughout church history God's
   children have drawn strength and encouragement from this great
   promise.
    - "My God shall supply all your needs according to His riches in
        Jesus Christ."

I. Paul's Promise

- let's work our way through this promise by thinking about the source,
   the provision, and the extent of this promise.

    A. The source

        - INPUT - How does Paul refer to the Lord in this verse?
                    (MY GOD)
        - INPUT - How and why is that significant?
                   (shows Paul's close personal relationship with the
                     Lord, and the confidence he had in Him.)

        - contrast that to the way many people speak about the Lord
          today...
            - often times in ridicule, and scorn...
            - or they view God as distant, and aloof, and unapproachable
            - think of Him as being unknowable...

        - let's look over at II Tim. 4:17
           - Bible teachers believe that II Tim. was written several
             years later than the book of Philippians---but this verse is
             another example of the kind of relationship Paul had with
             the Lord.
           - READ II Tim. 4:17
- so Paul was able to make this promise with confidence because he was
   talking about "His God" -- the One he knew personally because of his
   relationship with Christ.
    B. The provision

       - the verses goes on to say -- My God shall supply all your
           needs...

       - now undoubtedly he's referring back to what he had talked about
           in verses 10-18...how the Philippians had faithfully and
           sacrificially and regularly supported his ministry.

       - as we studied last week -- while we don't do things for the Lord
         for what we get out of it, the Scripture clearly teaches that
         God rewards faithfulness.

       - people who seek to obey God's Word in the way they handle their
         finances can rest assured that God will supply their needs.

          - another passage of Scripture that teaches us this is Prov.
              19:17 - TURN AND READ

    - so faithful believers can claim the promise that God will supply
       their needs.
    - now we probably need to factor in at this point a statement that
       Warren Wiersbe made...
           - "God has not promised to supply all our greeds."

           - we're sure not speaking of a "name it - claim it" mentality.

           - the believer's needs are relatively few...

                - of course we could talk about our spiritual need for
                   reconciliation, etc.
                    - thats not really the focus of this text

                - since the previous verses are talking about
                  material/financial issues, we should assume that thats
                  what Paul had in mind primarily in verse 19
                - if thats the case, our material needs are relatively
                   few
                    - I Timothy 6:8 - "And having food and raiment, let
                        us therewith be content."

- so assuming we're talking about needs the way Paul would, we can be
   assured that faithful believers have been promised that God shall
   supply all their needs...

- Hudson Taylor (who was pretty mystical at times) was right when he
   said, "When God's work is done in God's way for God's glory," it will
   not lack for God's supply."

- this morning I'd like to ask you to think about this question...Do you
   live in a way that shows you believe that God will keep the promise
   made in this passage?

- INPUT - Characteristics of the person who believes this promise, and
          characteristics of the person who doesn't?


- the next question is -- which person are you most like?

- with that in mind, I'd like us to break up in some smaller groups this
   morning, and study out several passages on this subject.

- please work with a couple of folks around you on the handout you've
   been given.


- (HANDOUT)

For each passage listed below, please note as many truths as you can
about how God supplies the needs of his people.

Genesis 28:15, 50:20, Exodus 33:14, Deut. 2:7, 32:7-14, 33:27, Josh.
1:9, I Sam. 7:12, I Kings 17:6, 16; II Chron. 20:17, Psalm 18:35, 31:19,
91, 121, Isaiah 25:4, 32:2, 40:11, 41:10, 43:1, 2, 46:3, 4, Joel 2:21-27,
Mal. 3:10, Matt. 6:32, 14:20, 23:37, Luke 6:38, 12:7, 22:35, John 10:27,
28, 17:11, Rom. 8:28, 31-39, II Tim. 1:12, 4:18, I Peter 5:7

- (Come back together -- review answers)


- Now, after reading these verses, would you agree that God does supply
   the needs of his people?

- let's add one more part of Phil. 4:19

    C. The extent

        - INPUT - what is the extent of God's supply according to this
            verse?
              (according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus)

        - thats a very important part of our discussion.
        - INPUT - How is "according to" different than "out of"?

          - Hendriksen - "These He will fulfill not merely out of his
                          riches, (as a millionaire might do when he
                          donates a trifling sum to a good cause
                          subtracting the amount from his vast
                          possessions) but according to his riches, so
                          that the gift is actually in proportion to
                          God's infinite resources."


        - INPUT - What questions should we be asking ourselves after
                  thinking about Phil. 4:19?

- Paul's response to this great truth is found in verse 20:
- READ

- we're talking now about:

II. Paul's Praise

    - when Paul thinks about God's great provision for His people, his
       response is to turn and give him glory.

    - even in prison, Paul was able to have a worship service because of
       the character of God.

    - INPUT - How bad is it if you and I receive the blessings of verse
              19 without following the response of verse 20?

    - INPUT - What are some practical ways we can apply verse 20
                personally, in our families, at church, etc.?


III. Paul's Greeting

    - this letter, like most of Paul's letter, ends with personal
       greetings.

    - These were real people, who loved each other---and were building
       and experiencing the unity that comes through knowing Jesus
       Christ.

    - Paul was especially happy to be able to report that people who had
       been won to Christ in Caesar's house (because of his imprisonment)
       were sending greetings as well.

    - DEVELOP

Steve Viars

B.S. - Bible, Baptist Bible College
M.Div. - Grace Theological Seminary
D.Min. - Westminster Theological Seminary

Pastor Steve Viars has served at Faith Church since 1987. He and his wife Kris were married in 1982 and have two married daughters, a son, and two grandchildren. Pastor Viars’ gifted teaching ministry, enthusiasm for the Word of God, and organizational skills are instrumental in equipping Faith Church. He oversees the staff, deacons, and all Faith ministries and serves on the boards of the Association of Certified Biblical Counselors, Biblical Counseling Coalition, Vision of Hope, and the Faith Community Development Corporation.

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