Phil. 4:19

Tom Harding

When Paul was sitting in a Roman prison for preaching the gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ, he lacked the necessities that he needed to maintain his physical strength. The believers at Phillipi found out about Paulís deplorable circumstances and sent relief to him by the hand of their pastor. Having received the gift from them, he wrote back to them saying, "I am full, having received of Epaphroditus the things which were sent from you, an odour of a sweet smell, a sacrifice acceptable, well pleasing to God" (Phil. 4:18). Paul also assured them that the Almighty God would take care of all their need, "My God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus."

Believer, although we have a great need of all spiritual blessings; to ascend and to stand in His presence (Pas 24:3), we can fully rest in this and many other precious promises of our Lord Jesus Christ that He will meet all our need. Not according to our puny efforts of religious work, but rather according to His riches in glory by Jesus Christ (Rom.8:32). Although we are poor and needy sinners, yet the Lord thinketh upon us (Psa. 40:17).

We have a great need of pardon and forgivenss from all sin (Rom. 3:23). The Lord Jesus Christ is ready to abundantly pardon His people from all their sin; seeing, that in our room and stead He paid all our indebtedness to Godís offended justice and put away our sin (Neh. 9:17; Isa. 55:6-7; Jer 50:20; Eph. 1:7; Heb 9:26).

We have a great need of righteousness (Isa. 64:6). Men before and after regeneration and conversion have no ability to perform or produce a righteousness that is well pleasing and acceptable unto God. But thank God, He does not ask us to produce a righteousness, but rather to receive the Lord Jesus Christ by God given faith, Who is the believerís righteousness (Jer. 23:5; Phil. 3:9). Blessed is the man unto whom the Lord would impute (freely give) righteousness without works (Rom.4:6).

We have a great need of salvation (Heb.2:3). Our blessed Lord and Saviour came into this world to accomplish salvation for His people (Matt. 1:21). His blood atonement at Calvary was not a payment for some of the sin of all people, nor for all of the sin of all people, but rather a full payment for all of the sin of some people, His elect (Heb.2:17). It is clearly taught throughout the scriptures that the Lord Jesus Christ accomplished eternal salvation for the people God gave Him in the eternal covenant of grace (Isa. 53:8; John 10:15; Acts 20:28).

Every spiritual need that we have, our great Supplier and Shepherd is able to abundantly fulfill (Eph. 3:20: Psalm 23)!

Tom Harding, Pastor
Zebulon Baptist Church
Pikeville, Ky.

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