2 Corinthians 10:1-6
Introduction: This passage magnifies the believer's walk, war, weapons, and warfare. Paul often used the image of a soldier to describe the Christians' journey.
2 Timothy 2:3-4, ''You therefore must endure hardship as a good soldier of Jesus Christ. No one engaged in warfare entangles himself with the affairs of this life, that he may please him who enlisted him as a soldier.''
Romans 13:12, ''The night is far spent, the day is at hand. Therefore let us cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armor of light.''
Near the end of Paul's life he gave us these words:
2 Timothy 4:7, ''I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.''
I. PAUL'S DEMEANOR. 1-2
A. EXPRESSED IN HIS ATTITUDE OF HUMBLENESS. 1
A noble warrior's power is constrained by his compassion and experienced only when there is no other option; patient endurance of offenses; leniency. The character of Jesus expressed.
B. EXPRESSED IN HIS ATTITUDE OF BOLDNESS. 2
Paul was courageous as God's man for God's honor and glory. But, they accused him ''as if we walked according to the flesh.'' Means being controlled by the sinful desires of unredeemed humanness arising in a corrupt heart. It pictures one motivated by evil self-interest, lustful pursuits, and illicit desires.
II. PAUL'S DISCERNMENT. 3-5
A. STRUGGLE. 3.
''we walk in the flesh''
1. Physical Sense.
Galatians 2:20, ''the life which I now live in the flesh…''
Philippians 1:22, ''But if I live on in the flesh…''
This is a reference and reminder that we all possess a human body with all its present frailties. The ministry does not protect us from human ailments, sufferings, and mistreatment. Christians and non-Christians alike exist in a human body. We are subject to both physical infirmities and all sorts of temptations. (Rom 7:14-25)
2. Spiritual Sense.
''we do not war according to the flesh'' (some ...
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