Have you ever been there? Have you been at the place where you know you’re doing what you’re supposed to do, but someone doesn’t agree? Not only do they not agree, but they start talking about you behind your back and trying to undermine your authority. Paul understands you dilemma, he’s there!
We know from other documents and church history that Paul wasn’t a tall handsome fella, but that didn’t change the boldness by which Paul preached. In fact, if you remember Paul’s character in Acts, he was feared because of his tenacity for killing and imprisoning Christians. Although Paul’s intensity and tenacity didn’t go away, it just got refocused in a more productive way… Christianity.
In verse 4, Paul makes a declaration as to the weapons he and his team use for fighting against human reasoning and every proud obstacles.
2 Corinthians 10:3-6 (NLT) 3 We are human, but we don’t wage war as humans do. 4We use God’s mighty weapons, not worldly weapons, to knock down the strongholds of human reasoning and to destroy false arguments. 5 We destroy every proud obstacle that keeps people from knowing God. We capture their rebellious thoughts and teach them to obey Christ. 6 And after you have become fully obedient, we will punish everyone who remains disobedient.
So what exactly are God’s Mighty Weapons? According to Paul’s letter to the Ephesians (ch. 6), God’s Mighty Weapons are: faith, truth, righteousness, the gospel message, and the Word of God. You may be thinking, where does one find these weapons to use, well again, according to Paul’s letter, the Holy Spirit equips the believers and provides the weapons they need to fight in the war.
As we read through Paul’s letters you may notice that he uses military and armor imagery quite often. Take for instance his words in 2 Corinthians 6:7 (NLT) 7 We faithfully preach the truth. God’s power is working in us. We use the weapons of righteousness in the right hand for attack and the left hand for defense. But let’s take a closer look as to the purpose of these mighty weapons.
Think about this: A weapon isn’t a weapon until it’s used. Until we actually use a weapon is’t pretty useless. Paul informs the Corinthians that he and his team use God’s mighty weapons to…
- Knockdown the strongholds of human reasoning
- Destroy false arguments
- Destroy every proud obstacle that keeps people from knowing God
- Capture rebellious thoughts
Now try using a gun, or a sword, or a knife to accomplish all this! Sounds funny, but it’s exactly the point Paul is trying to make. Paul makes it clear that “worldly” weapons are useless against spiritual matters. It’s the epitome of “doing our fighting on our knees.” If you’re going to wage a spiritual war you better be ready to use spiritual weapons. Because the takeaway today is this: A weapon isn’t a weapon until it’s used.