Paul commends the Philippians for participating with him in the work of the gospel, when no one else did. He was more happy for this fruit in their lives than the fruit itself, because it was evidence of the genuineness of their faith (14-16). It was help, not for his wants, but for his necessities (17). We do well to remember both things – giving to others for their necessities or needs. Paul called what he received, and from what they did, as “a sweet smelling aroma, an acceptable sacrifice, well pleasing to God.” (18) In turn, Paul was confident that God the Father would supply all their needs, “according to the riches in glory by Jesus Christ.” (19). The Father supplies all our needs from his throne of the glory-presence, where Jesus is at his right hand (Ps. 110, Heb. 1:3). “Now to our God and Father be glory forever and ever. Amen.” (2) Reigning sovereignly from his glory-presence is an eternal reality – without beginning, end, or interruption. Amen.