James Nisbet Commentary - Philippians 4:19 - 4:19

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‘My God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus.’


The Apostle here puts in his personal claim upon God as his God. There is no doubt in his heart he has a right to say it. It solves a thousand questions when we can say ‘My God.’ Now here is a promise wide enough and broad enough to meet our case whatever it is.

I. How manifold are our needs.—What is your need?

(a) Is it pardon? That is the first on the list of spiritual blessings. Well, that need may be supplied.

(b) The soul needs not only the peace of pardon, but the peace of purity. And here let me say that purity and peace are very closely associated. There is a peace of pardon, and there is also a peace of purity.

(c) Then after purity, there is power—the power to win a soul to Christ,

II. The Fountain of the supply.—God Himself.

III. The measure of the supply.—‘According to His riches in glory by Jesus Christ.’ It has been well observed that it is not out of His riches. Think how rich God is.

(a) How rich He is in creation! He numbers the stars (Isa_40:26).

(b) How rich He is in providence. He controls everything by the word of His power, whether it is the destiny of an empire or the fall of a sparrow.

(c) How rich He is in mercy—‘For His great love wherewith He hath loved us.’

(d) And how rich He is in glory. It has been remarked that in the promises relating to our sanctification you generally find the expression ‘riches in glory,’ whereas in promises relating to our forgiveness and conversion you generally find the words ‘riches in grace.’

IV. The channel of the supply.—You must have a channel. Though floods were granted they would be wasted without a channel. Rivers may flow within reach of a wilderness, but if there is no conduit to carry the water into it, they will not fertilise it. So the floods of heavenly grace must have a channel, and that channel is found in Christ Jesus. ‘All the promises of God in Him are yea, and in Him amen to the glory of God by us.’

Rev. E. W. Moore.