Ask a Christian to name a Bible
verse that suggests the earth is billions
of years old, and they’ll almost
certainly trot out 2 Peter 3:8, saying something like,
years is like a day, so God could
have taken billions of years to create
the earth.” At that moment, you
should throw a penalty flag for context
violation. 2 Peter 3:3–7 makes it clear
that Peter was talking about judgment
day, not creation week.
Unfortunately, many believers
commit the same error with Philippians 4:13, “
I can do all things through
Christ who strengthens me” (NKJV). There
are six reasons a Christian can’t do all
things, even through Christ.
- It is obvious that we can’t do absolutely
everything. Try as I might, I’m
never going to be a ballerina in the Bolshoi
- How do we explain boxing champ
Evander Holyfield getting knocked out
cold with Philippians 4:13 embroidered
on his trunks?
- Who wins the football game
if both teams claim they can do all
things through Christ?
- Apparently this verse didn’t apply
to ten disciples (and Paul) who were
brutally executed for their faith.
- To claim this verse as a universal
promise is to forget the book of Job.
Sometimes God doesn’t want us to do
all things. His plans trump our desires.
- But the sixth and chief reason this
verse does not apply to every Christian
in every circumstance is: context, context, context.
- In Philippians 4:3, Paul talks
about our labor in the gospel
- In verse 12, Paul describes his
ability to endure hunger and
- In verse 14, Paul states that he
has suffered trouble.
Now consider Philippians 4:13. Paul
was not claiming he could start a successful
business or set an Olympic
diving record. Paul was basically saying,
“When I am being persecuted
because I am a Christian who proclaims
the gospel, God will give me
strength to endure.”
Philippians 4:13 applies to you if you
qualify for the criteria Paul defined.
- If you are unequally yoked and
your spouse is causing you grief
because of your faith, you can be
assured that Christ will give you
strength to endure.
- If you are an employee who is
being held back because you are
a Christian, this verse is most
certainly for you.
- If you are a student who is
shunned because everyone
knows you are a “born-again,
young-earth Christian,” know
that Christ will give you sufficient
Can you do all things? No. Will
God help you through trials and tribulations
because you are a Christian?
studied four years to be a pastor but without
Christ. He did secular TV, radio, and stand-up comedy for
six years before God saved him. Today he hosts Wretched
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