“And my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus. Now to our God and Father be glory forever and ever. Amen.”—Philippians 4:19–20 (NKJV)
Plērōsei: To supply; to fill to the maximum (full extent), to the limit of one’s capacity. The root word (plē) describes fullness and totality; it implies full quantity (“to the brim”).
Ploutos: Riches, wealth, abundance (materially or spiritually); much in number, quantity; to flow. This word was most likely derived from plē.
These two Greek words, derived from the same root word, are closely interwoven in this verse. Both speak of abundance and fullness. This passage is a powerful encouragement from the apostle Paul as he wraps up his letter to the Philippians. Here, his tone is emphatic. You see, as we learned the past few days, Paul had accepted the Philippians’ gift with gratitude and joy, viewing it as a sacrifice, an offering to the Lord. This is why Paul said, “my God”—the God they serve by serving and caring for him.
Because of their sacrifice and service, the apostle was certain the Lord would overflow their cup—their lives—with blessing and would take care of all their needs, both spiritual and physical, from the immense abundance and riches of His mercy and love. From His inexhaustible supply, God provides those who provide for people in need.
The phrase “in glory,” is linked to “in Christ Jesus,” meaning that God’s tried and true method of supplying His people was through Jesus—the most powerful method that produces the best results in our lives. You see, it is clear from when you read Paul’s epistles that he expected all blessings, all provisions, and all that the Lord supplies to believers to come through our great Redeemer. And he’s absolutely right! Consider that apart from our atonement through Christ, man is subject to the justice and judgment of the Lord. Apart from the redemption that comes through Jesus, we are completely and utterly undeserving of blessings and the riches of His grace. But through our Messiah, we are made righteous and worthy in the sight of God.
Before giving his final salutation, Paul one more time gave “glory forever and ever” to God. Paul constantly referenced “glory” in his letters, particularly the “Epistles of the Captivity”— Philippians, Philemon, Ephesians, and Colossians. And he always used it in two ways: 1) As it relates to God Himself, glory (doxa) is His true nature, it speaks of His infinite, intrinsic worth and worthiness of honor and awe, which is revealed to us, and 2) As it relates to man, glory is the sanctification of man’s nature through our communion with Christ.
1. How is it that Paul could make this bold statement with a sense of assurance?
2. How has God supplied all your needs, and how have you responded to His provision?