Only Through Christ

Sometimes the word “all” does not mean “all” in a broad context.  “All” can be limited.

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Philippians 4:13 – I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.

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Let’s get right at it.  Shall we?  I am a 71-year old male, in good health, six feet tall, 240 pounds.  I believe in and fully subscribe to our Text for Today.  If I say to you, “I can have a baby,” what would you think of my statement?  It is, of course, totally ridiculous.  And you’re absolutely right.  I cannot have a baby.  You and I both know that will never happen.  So, why can’t I use my faith and connect the issue of having a baby to our Text for Today?  The answer is simple.  My ability to “do all things” is not connected to the matter of simply releasing my faith. Rather, it is even more related to the matter of the anointing.  Let’s take a much closer look at our Text for Today.

  1. I” – first person singular; personal pronoun referring to me personally
  2. can do” – a statement of ability; where ability is not existent, “can do” does not exist
  3. all things” – “all things,” while an all-inclusive phrase, is still limited to its context
  4. through Christ” – this is the limiting statement; if it’s NOT “through Christ,” all-inclusiveness is no longer relative
  5. which strengtheneth me” – “which” is not referring to the Name of Jesus, but the Anointed One that we know as the Title of Christ; only if I am anointed to serve as a pastor will I be strengthened by the power of God to serve as a pastor; if I’m not anointed as a pastor, I can call myself one all I want, but I can never truly be enabled to fill that role.

Examining that breakdown of the verse closely, it should be clearly seen that the doing of things is speaking about doing things of the kingdom, things that are pleasing to God, things for which one is anointed.  The connection of the thing done is the anointing that empowers one to do it.  In the simplest terms that accurately connect to the Spirit, I can only do things which I am empowered to do.  At the same time, it could be stated in this manner; I can do anything I am empowered, or anointed, to do because the strength, or power, to do, flows from the anointing that is in me.  And whatever anointing there is that exists in me, that anointing is that element of Christ, the Anointed One, that has been placed in me by Father, Son, or Holy Spirit.  While I may attempt to do something I am not anointed to do, and may have what appears to be success, I can only truly accomplish that which I am truly anointed to do.  I urge you today to discover the anointing(s) within you, and choose to speak and act according to that anointing (those anointings).   For there, you will be empowered to “do all things.”

Manna for Today – Philippians 4:4-20; Luke 1:37; Mark 11:22-24; John 14:12-14