by Harley Howard

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Paul's Epistle to the Philippians Chapter 4:10-23
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Harley Howard

10 But I rejoiced in the Lord greatly, that now at the
last your care of me hath flourished again; wherein ye
were also careful, but ye lacked opportunity.

Paul changes gears here at this juncture and gives
thanks for the financial support, which was provided,
by this church. He said, “I greatly rejoiced in the
Lord, that now, as you have done beforetime, your care
for me revived. Indeed, you were concerned before, but
you lacked opportunity.” Whatever the reason was that
this church stop supporting Paul is not clear, but he
thanked them nonetheless for their revived support of
his work on their behalf. Though some commentators
lean towards the lack of support being withheld from
Paul as that, which was intentional. I believe that
the text does NOT support that at all. Paul said they
WERE concerned for his well being, but they lacked the
OPPORTUNITY to give to his needs at that time. They
WANTED to help Paul but the opportunity to do so was
not there. I believe that this ties in directly with
his statements on contentment and I believe that he
wrote these things to comfort the hearts of his
readers that though they could not help him for
whatever reason, he was able through Christ to endure
any circumstances.

11 Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have
learned, in whatsoever state I am, [therewith] to be

I am not saying these things to you because of poverty
or because I have need of something. Paul made it
clear that he was in a state of mind and heart where
he was completely content. He said, "For I have
learned." Notice again that nothing that affects
spiritual maturity bypasses LEARNING. This is the very
same word that we saw in verse 9.

The major difference is in the VERB TENSE. When Paul
said that he learned to be content, the verb tense
“indicates an act that has already occurred, but t ...

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