But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus. (Phil 4:19)


If you read this verse in context you cannot escape the fact that Paul is talking at least inclusively about material provision. But what he says once again points out a basic principle as to how God works. God has wrapped up everything He has for man in His Son, Jesus Christ. Thus, neither material or spiritual provision is a matter of God just handing us THINGS — apart from any relationship to Christ. Rather, as a general rule, material provision comes along as we live from out of Christ as our life; as the source of all spiritual provision. This is the same principle as when Jesus said, “Seek you first the kingdom and all that you need will be added.” (Matt. 6:33) This is not a matter of earning God’s provision by our seeking. Rather, it is a matter of us seeking Christ for Himself, and finding all that we need in Him, including material provision. If Christ IS our life – and we are living from OUT OF HIM by faith – material provision will be in the flow of His life.