When facing cancer and health difficulties it is Christ, who strengthens me.
I can do all things through Christ, who strengthens me.
Philippians 4: 13 -gods word to meditate on.
First, let me explain why this Scripture is important to me. My last four years of my life have been bombarded with all sorts of trials, pains, deaths of loved ones, cancer, and having a look at one’s own existence on this earth as being short. I have believed for a long time that God’s Holy Word is a source of inspiration. 20 years ago I had the pleasure of meeting two women at different times, which both had bone cancer, I was starting my journey of having a rare neoplasm from everything I’ve read, and 30% were dead in 2 to 3 years. These two women gave me two different books. 1.) Love, Medicine and Miracles by Bernie Segal and 2.) Getting well Again by Carl and Stephanie Simonton and James Creighton. Both these books along with various motivational speakers taught me the power of what you focus on. If you want to feel pain you will feel pain. Now this doesn’t mean that you can simply think away pain and disease but it definitely helps your body heal. In life when faced with situations where you feel alone, powerless. It’s nice to know that God’s Holy Word can be a source of inspiration at all times of your life.
I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me, is one of the most searched Scriptures on our blog. For many people this Scripture means a wide range of ideas. To really understand the Scripture there are several things you need to look at:
1) Various Bible translations and how different words are used.
2) Cross references to other Scriptures.
3) Parallel commentaries, by noted theologian scholars.
I will attempt to give a review of these three areas in hope that it broadens how you look at the Bible and its Scripture.
Various Bible translations and how different words are used.
- New international version (1984)
- I can do everything through him who gives me strength.
- New living translation (2007)
- For I can do everything through Christ, who gives me strength.
- English standard version (2001)
- I can do all things through him who strengthens me.
- King James 2000 Bible
- I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.
There are plenty of other Bible versions (this particular Scripture is fairly consistent in most versions), the difference in various Bible versions can sometimes create problems based on what the words mean to us. Reading more than just the Scripture is very important since you need to understand how is it being written in chapter and verse and the concept of the author.
Cross references to other Scriptures:
- 2 Corinthians 12: 9
- But he said to me, “my grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.”Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.
- Ephesians 3: 16
- I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with the power through his spirit in your inner being.
- Colossians 1: 11
- being strengthened with all the power according to his glorious might so that you may have great endurance and patience, and joyfully
- 1 Timothy 1: 12
- I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who has given me strength, that he considered me faithful, appointing me to his service.
- John 15: 5
- “I am the vine; you are the branches. If man remains in me and I and him, he will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing. If anyone does not remain in me, he is like a branch that is thrown away and withers; such branches are picked up, thrown into the fire and burned. If you remain in me, and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be given to you. This is to my father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples.
The above are from the New international version (1984)
Barnes – notes on the Bible:
I can do all things -from the experience which Paul had in these various circumstances of life, he comes here to the general conclusion that he could “do all things”. He could bear any trial, perform any duty, subduing the evil propensity of his nature, and meet all temptations incident any condition of prosperity or adversity. His own experience in the various changes of life had warranted him and arriving at this conclusion; In Paul, this declaration was not a vain self-reliance, nor was it the mere result of his former experience. He knew well where the strength was to be obtained by which to do all things and that on that arm that was able to uphold him he confidently relied.
Clark’s commentary on the Bible:
I can do all things – it was not a habit which it acquired by frequent exercise, it was a disposition which he had by grace; and he was able to do all by the power of the indwelling Christ. Through him who strengthens me is the reading of some of the best versions.
I can do all things – which must not be understood in the greatest latitude, and without any limitation for the apostle was not omnipotent, either in himself or by the power of Christ, nor could he do all things that Christ could do; but it must be restrained to the subject matter treated of: the sense is, he could be content in every state, and could know how to behave himself in adversity and prosperity, amidst both poverty and plenty.