Dec. 25, 2020

What Does Philippians 4:20 Mean?

What Does Philippians 4:20 Mean?

Philippians 4:20 (NIV): 20 To our God and Father be glory forever and ever. Amen.

Merry Christmas!!! Today, we have the honor of taking part in a worldwide birthday celebration:-)

In today's verse, Paul breaks out in praise for the incredible gift that God has given us in His Son Jesus Christ. Praise God!

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Hey, welcome to The Simple Truth. I’m Julie Carruth. 

Merry Christmas! If you’re listening to this on Christmas day, today we have the incredible honor of throwing a world-wide celebration in honor of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.  

And today’s verse is so appropriate for this day of celebration. Paul has been thanking the church in Philippi for their partnership with Him in the gospel and for their financial gift sent to him while in house arrest in Rome. Paul assures the Philippians of God’s promise that when they sacrificially give to God, God honors their gift by giving back to them with all they need to fulfill their purpose. 

And as Paul reflects on that incredible promise, he can’t hold back his praise as he breaks out in a doxology that directs our attention onto our primary goal in everything we do and that is that God be glorified as Paul beautifully expresses here in Philippians 4:20, “To our God and Father be glory for ever and ever. Amen.”

Paul says the same thing in 1 Corinthians chapter 10 verse 31, “So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.” 

And again, in Romans 11:36, "For from him and through him and for him are all things. To him be the glory forever! Amen.”

But Paul’s not the only one who says that all glory belongs to God. An angel of the Lord appeared to the shepherds in the fields on the night of Jesus’ birth as told in Luke 2, “I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people.” (BTW that’s you, you are the people rejoicing today!)

And a great company of heavenly host appeared with that angel praised God by saying,

“Glory to God in the highest heaven,
     and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.”

And then finally we cannot forget John’s testimony in Revelation 5:13, “Then I heard every creature in heaven and on earth and under the earth and on the sea, and all that is in them, saying:

“To him who sits on the throne and to the Lamb
    be praise and honor and glory and power,
 for ever and ever!”


So, your Simple Truth for today: Today and every day we celebrate our risen Savior who not only sits on the throne but also lives within each of us.  May we recognize this incredible gift given to us and live each day to glorify God alone.  

Hey, I pray blessings upon you this Christmas. Have a blessed day. I’ll see you soon.