Scripture: II Corinthians 10

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READ and STUDY the WORD

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Paul Defends His Authority

II Corinthians 10:1-18 (WEB) 1 Now I Paul, myself, entreat you by the humility and gentleness of Christ, I who in your presence am lowly among you, but being absent am bold toward you. Yes, I beg you that I may not, when present, show courage with the confidence with which I intend to be bold against some, who consider us to be walking according to the flesh. For though we walk in the flesh, we don’t wage war according to the flesh; for the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh, but mighty before God to the throwing down of strongholds,  throwing down imaginations and every high thing that is exalted against the knowledge of God and bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ, and being in readiness to avenge all disobedience when your obedience is made full. Do you look at things only as they appear in front of your face? If anyone trusts in himself that he is Christ’s, let him consider this again with himself, that even as he is Christ’s, so we also are Christ’s. For even if I boast somewhat abundantly concerning our authority, which the Lord gave for building you up, and not for casting you down, I will not be ashamed, that I may not seem as if I desire to terrify you by my letters. 10 For, “His letters”, they say, “are weighty and strong, but his bodily presence is weak, and his speech is despised.” 11 Let such a person consider this, that what we are in word by letters when we are absent, such are we also in deed when we are present. 12 For we are not bold to number or compare ourselves with some of those who commend themselves. But they themselves, measuring themselves by themselves, and comparing themselves with themselves, are without understanding. 13 But we will not boast beyond proper limits, but within the boundaries with which God appointed to us, which reach even to you. 14 For we don’t stretch ourselves too much, as though we didn’t reach to you. For we came even as far as to you with the Good News of Christ, 15 not boasting beyond proper limits in other men’s labors, but having hope that as your faith grows, we will be abundantly enlarged by you in our sphere of influence, 16 so as to preach the Good News even to the parts beyond you, not to boast in what someone else has already done. 17 But “he who boasts, let him boast in the Lord.”  18 For it isn’t he who commends himself who is approved, but whom the Lord commends.

Questions and Answers:

1. What did Paul say about walking in the flesh (II Corinthians 10:1-6)?  Paul said though we walk in the flesh, we don’t wage war according to the flesh; for the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh, but mighty before God to the throwing down of strongholds, throwing down imaginations and every high thing that is exalted against the knowledge of God and bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ, and being in readiness to avenge all disobedience when our obedience is made full. 

2. How did Paul defend himself before those who questioned his authority (II Corinthians 10:7-18)? My Bible notes: Those who opposed Paul portrayed him as weak and powerless (v. 10), but Paul reminded the Corinthians that he claimed the power and authority of Christ (v. 7-13).  Paul explained that the words in his letters were to be taken seriously (v.14-18).

HEAR the WORD

II Corinthians 10:3-6 (WEB) 4 For though we walk in the flesh, we don’t wage war according to the flesh; for the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh, but mighty before God to the throwing down of strongholds, throwing down imaginations and every high thing that is exalted against the knowledge of God and bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ, and being in readiness to avenge all disobedience when your obedience is made full. 

MEDITATE on the WORD

Ponder the above verses.  My Bible notes: We don’t need to use human plans and methods to win our battles.  God’s mighty weapons are available to us as we fight against satan’s strongholds.  The Christian must choose whose methods to use – God’s or the world’s.  Paul assures us that God’s mighty weapons – prayer, faith, hope, love, God’s Word, the Holy Spirit – are powerful and effective (see Ephesians 6:13-18).  These weapons can break down the proud human arguments against God and the walls that satan builds to keep people from finding God.  We may be tempted to use our own methods, but nothing can break down these barriers like God’s weapons.

MEMORIZE the WORD

II Corinthians 10:3 (NIV) For though we live in the world, we do not wage war as the world does.

II Corinthians 10:4 (NIV) The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world.  On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds.

II Corinthians 10:5 (NIV) 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.

LOVE and LIVE the WORD

We don’t need to use human plans and methods to win our battles.  God’s mighty weapons are available to us.

TEACH and SHARE the WORD

Those weapons that God provides – prayer, faith, hope, love, His Word and the Holy Spirit – are all we need.

PRAY the WORD

Lord, I pray we will not wage war as the world does.  When we find ourselves in a battle, I pray we will call on You and Your resources (II Corinthians 10:1-4).  Lord, I pray we will demolish strongholds and every thought that sets itself up against the knowledge of You.  I pray we will take captive every thought to make it obedient to Your Son, Christ Jesus (II Corinthians 10:5).  Lord, I pray all our boasting will be about You (II Corinthians 10:17).  In Christ Jesus’ name I pray.  AMEN.

ENCOURAGEMENT

“May you and I face every battle, not with man’s methods and weapons, but with God and His resources.” <>< Dona