Philippians 4:13 Commentary, I can do all things through Christ

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I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.

Philippians 4:13, KJV

I can do all this through him who gives me strength.

Philippians 4:13, NIV

For I can do everything through Christ, who gives me strength.

Philippians 4:13, NLT

I can do all things through him who strengthens me.

Philippians 4:13, ESV

I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.

Philippians 4:13, NKJV

I can endure all these things through the power of the one who gives me strength.

Philippians 4:13, CEB

For all things I have strength, in Christ’s strengthening me;

Philippians 4:13, YLT

I can be content in any and every situation through the Anointed One who is my power and strength.

Philippians 4:13, VOICE

For this verse analysis, we will be using the O.I.C.A. method of studying the Holy Bible.

An image describing the OICA method of bible study. The O represents Observation and says "Read the passage and make some observations about what it says, consider why it was written. What does this tell you about God? About the Bible? Any key words." The I represents Interpretation and says "What does this passage mean? Why was it written? Always remember the context of the scripture when you make your interpretations." The C represents Correlations and says "How does this passage fit into the overall story of the Bible?" The A represents Application and says "What does this passage mean for your own life? What is the potential personal application?"


Amid his suffering and many trials, Paul chose to focus on the positive, declaring that he can endure and overcome any obstacle through Christ. Reminding us that, no matter what we are facing, we can find the strength to persevere. 

We should not be discouraged when we face difficulties, because God will help us to overcome them. He is always with us, no matter what situation we find ourselves in and this verse is a reminder that we can endure anything life throws at us because God is always by our side. This doesn’t mean that things will always be easy, but it does mean that we can trust God to help us through whatever challenges we may face.

This message of hope and resilience is as relevant today as it was when it was first written.

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Philippians 4:13 is a popular New Testament verse that has been misinterpreted by many people.

The context of the verse indicates that Paul is not saying that he can do anything he sets his mind to. Rather, he is saying that he can endure any suffering or hardship because he knows that Christ will give him the strength to do so. 

This is an important distinction because it reminds us that we are not invincible. We will face challenges and difficulties in life, but with Christ’s help, we can overcome them. As long as we rely on Him, we will never be alone.

On the other hand, while we shouldn’t purposely misinterpret the Word of God, using this verse, like so many others, for motivation or encouragement can fall within the same vein as enduring spiritual and physical hardship (finding the motivation to carry on, or the encouragement to pursue something knowing God is with us, etc). This does not mean that we will always be successful in everything we try to do, but it does mean that we can always find the strength to keep going, even when things are tough.


The book of Philippians was written by the Apostle Paul while he was imprisoned in Rome. At the time, Paul was facing execution, and his letter to the Philippians was likely intended to be his final words of encouragement.

For I am already being poured out like a drink offering, and the time for my departure is near. I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. Now there is in store for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me on that day – and not only to me, but also to all who have longed for his appearing.

2 Timothy 4:6-8, NIV

The book of Philippians was written to a group of Christians who were facing persecution. In this context, the verses about strength and overcoming difficult challenges were meant to encourage these Christians to persevere in the face of adversity. 

It is right for me to feel this way about you all, because I hold you in my heart, for you are all partakers with me of grace, both in my imprisonment and in the defense and confirmation of the gospel. For God is my witness, how I yearn for you all with the affection of Christ Jesus.

Philippians 1:7-8. ESV

Today, the verse is still powerful and relevant, but it should be interpreted in light of its original context. When we understand what the author of Philippians was trying to communicate, we can see that this verse is not just a promise of strength in the face of difficulty, but also a call to stand firm in our faith, even when things are tough.

It is important to understand when Paul says that he can “do all things,” he is not referring to physical strength or ability. Rather, he is saying that with Christ’s help, he can endure any situation or overcome any obstacle.


This verse is a reminder that we are not alone in our struggles and that God is with us always. It is a source of strength and encouragement for Christians who are facing trials and tribulations. 

Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.

Isaiah 41:10, KJV

Blessed is the man who remains steadfast under trial, for when he has stood the test he will receive the crown of life, which God has promised to those who love him.

James 1:12, ESV

The verse also reminds us of the power of prayer and the importance of relying on God during times of trouble.

Now this is the confidence that we have in Him, that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us.

1 John 5:14, NKJV
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When we are struggling, we can remember that Jesus Christ is with us and that He will help us to overcome anything that comes our way. Philippians 4:13 is a reminder that we are never alone and that God is always with us.

So be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid and do not panic before them. For the Lord your God will personally go ahead of you. He will neither fail you nor abandon you.”

Deuteronomy 31:6, NLT

This is an encouraging message for Christians who are facing trials and tribulations.

This doesn’t mean that everything will be easy or that we will never face challenges. But it does mean that God will give us the strength we need to overcome any obstacle. We can apply this verse to our lives by remembering that no matter what we must endure, God will give us the strength to overcome.

Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”

Joshua 1:9, ESV

For more on the book of Philippians, please reference our articles here.

This article references verses primarily written from the King James Version (KJV), New International Version (NIV), New Living Translation (NLT), English Standard Version (ESV), and New King James Version (NKJV) translations of the Bible.