Daily Bible Reading 17 September 2021

Daily Bible Reading: Proverbs 27-29, 2 Corinthians 10

2 Corinthians 10: 3-6 NKJV For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh. For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ, and being ready to punish all disobedience when your obedience is fulfilled.[1]

10:3–5. The weapons of the world are learning, personal influence, impressive credentials (1 Cor. 1:26), rhetorical polish (1 Cor. 2:1), and the like. These things Paul had discounted and discarded (Phil. 3:4–8). He did not wage war as the world does or use their weapons.

The weapons Paul used were the proclaimed Word of God and prayer (Eph. 6:17–18), weapons with divine power. In dependence on God (1 Cor. 2:4–5) these weapons, frail by worldly standards, are able to demolish the arguments and every pretension of the gospel’s foes. Neither the god of this Age (2 Cor. 4:4) nor his henchmen (11:15) could oppose the knowledge (or power) of God on which Paul relied. No thought (noēma; cf. 2:11), including those of his opponents, is beyond the reach of the One who “catches the wise in their craftiness” and “knows that the thoughts of the wise are futile” (1 Cor. 3:19–20; cf. Job 5:13; Ps. 94:11).

The object of Paul’s warfare was to make people obedient. Paul was not interested in making them subject to himself or any other man after the manner of the world (cf. 2 Cor. 1:24; 11:20; Luke 22:25[2]

[1] The New King James Version. (1982). (2 Co 10:3–6). Nashville: Thomas Nelson.

[2] Lowery, D. K. (1985). 2 Corinthians. In J. F. Walvoord & R. B. Zuck (Eds.), The Bible Knowledge Commentary: An Exposition of the Scriptures (Vol. 2, p. 576). Wheaton, IL: Victor Books.


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