Posted by: SandreS | June 17, 2009

Abase and Abound

I know both how to be abased, and I know how to abound: every where and in all things I am instructed both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need (Philippians 4:12).

Divine instruction had done its grand spiritual work in Paul.

I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content (Philippians 4:11).

Paul had learned contentment from his Father. He knew how to be “abased” and he knew how to “abound.” He knew poverty and wealth. He knew the lows and highs of life. God had taught him to live in the divine viewpoint regardless of his circumstances. He had learned this, not in theory, but in the experience of economic, material, and physical extremes.

Paul had also learned what the foundation of “need” was – “food and raiment.” So, when he spoke of being “abased” or “abounding” it was in relationship to this foundational standard of basic “food and raiment.” He literally knew it both ways. He knew God’s contentment in contrasting conditions of his life.

Clyde L. Pilkington, Jr.
Bible Student’s Notebook

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