“And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus.”
Explanation and Commentary on Philippians 4:19
God will meet all our needs both spiritually and materially. The Philippian church has been generous to Paul and he is commending them for their generosity. Paul himself is content with whatever he has. Even if he is in need, it is God who strengthens him so that he knows how to be content in any situation (Phil 4:11).
But though he could have survived without the Philippians’ gift, and though he tells them that they don’t need to send him anything else, he is thankful for their sakes that they’ve been so generous. He knows that God will reward them for their generosity, and that makes him glad for them.
God is infinitely wealthy and never lacks the ability to provide for those who trust in him. He would have us be content, but he will also richly supply what he ordains that we should have. His Word says, “Take delight in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart” (Ps 37:4). This means he will change your desires to match his, and at the same time provide what you newly desire.
Breaking Down the Key Parts of Philippians 4:19
Their gift sent by way of Epaphroditus was a “fragrant offering, an acceptable sacrifice, pleasing to God” (Phil 4:18). We have been saved into a holy priesthood to offer acceptable sacrifices (1 Pt 2:5). As a result of their offering, God will be re-supplying them.
#2 “…my God will meet all your needs…”
Whatever your needs are, when you trust in him, especially by way of giving for the sake of his mission, he will not fail to meet all your needs. There may be some wants and desires that are not from him, but he will bring your heart’s desires in line with what he is providing. If there is something that you need, he will supply it.
#3 “…according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus.”
Once again, there is no limit to God’s riches. That he will give to us out of the “riches of his glory in Christ Jesus,” means that it is through Jesus, and because of Jesus that we have the Father as our supplier. God is the head of Christ, and Christ is the head of man (1 Cor 11:3). The head is the leader and source. All God’s gifts come to us through the glorious Savior, Jesus Christ.
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Biblical Translations of Philippians 4:19
And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus.
And this same God who takes care of me will supply all your needs from his glorious riches, which have been given to us in Christ Jesus.
And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus.
But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.
And my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus.
Natalie Regoli is a child of God, devoted wife, and mother of two boys. She has a Master's Degree in Law from The University of Texas. Natalie has been published in several national journals and has been practicing law for 18 years.