2 Corinthians 10

2 Corinthians 10 has Paul defending the work of his team in ministering to the church at Corinth.  Some among the church felt there was inconsistency in what was written when compared to what they said and did when present.  Paul reminds them that what they see is not a simple challenge – we are all in a real war.  “For though we walk in the flesh, we are not waging war according to the flesh”.  We face a very real enemy that is extremely effective at using our human nature to try and draw us away from God.  And if we try and deal with the battle on our own, we’ll lose.  Fortunately God has equipped us to be able to succeed.

For the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh but have divine power to destroy strongholds”.  We can overcome the enemy and his attempts to put us in the spiritual ditch.  But it requires some discipline on our part.  “We destroy arguments and every lofty opinion raised against the knowledge of God, and take every thought captive to obey Christ, being ready to punish every disobedience, when your obedience is complete”.  The war happens in our heart and mind, and we have to control what we allow to get into our mind, and what we focus on as we live moment by moment.  Success in walking with Christ begins by how we think.

There were some in the church pointing fingers at Paul and his team, accusing them of strong written words but a weak message when present.  Paul makes it clear these two things align – but not in an in your face way when they were with them face to face.  “Let such a person understand that what we say by letter when absent, we do when present”.  Paul’s life was consistent with His writing.  He just lived it in a calm and quiet way, not in a way that challenged people directly by getting in their face.

He does share what their goal is for Christ Followers.  “But our hope is that  as your faith increases, our area of influence among you may be  greatly enlarged, so that we may preach the gospel in lands beyond you, without boasting of work already done in another’s area of influence”.  The reality is that as we grow in our faith, we should seek spiritual leadership more and more.  We need to submit to and follow spiritual leaders who can help us in our walk with Jesus.  Paul wanted to expand their influence in the church.  But as Christ Followers, we have to seek out that leadership and follow with passion!

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