As we continue through Second Corinthians, Paul is beginning to talk about the spiritual warfare we find ourselves in.
The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds.
2 Corinthians 10:4
Paul is very clear that we don’t fight on the same level as the rest of the world. We don’t use fleshly weapons or tactics. The battle is spiritual.
He says that our weapons are powerful through God. As believers, all of us should be demolition experts.
The spiritual tools we have can totally demolish any spiritual stronghold or castle that has been erected against the knowledge of Christ. Nothing can stand against us if we’re walking in the spirit.
What exactly are these strongholds that we should demolish?
We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.
2 Corinthians 10:5
The first thing we see is the demolition of arguments. That word literally means logical computations. This could be a part of the war that goes on within us – between our flesh and our spirit.
The fact is that we like to figure things out on our own. While it does work some of the time; it doesn’t always work in the kingdom of God. The Lord’s will doesn’t always seem logical to us.
We think that the shortest distance between two points is a straight line. Sometimes God takes us around the walls a few times before they fall.
The next thing that is demolished is every pretension. That word means a high place or a barrier.
So our spiritual weapons have the power to pull down anything that rises up as a barrier to the knowledge of God. This should be one of our most important tools in evangelism.
How could you ever hope to bring people the Gospel? We must first tear down the barriers stopping them from receiving it. It’s not accomplished by logic, but by spiritual warfare.
The final thing that our weapons do is very important. They take thoughts captive at spear point. That’s the literal translation of this section.
In doing this, they make our thoughts take seriously our obedience to Christ. It forces our thoughts in line with God’s Word. It should be very clear by now what this weapon is.
For the word of God is living and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.
I believe that the church should be using the spiritual weapons we’ve been given.
Question: How have you seen God’s Word change a life?
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