Sunday 10 AM
The Apostle Paul saw himself as a Spiritual warrior. He recognized that he was locked in deadly combat with demonic forces who were doing everything possible to stop him from taking the Gospel of Christ to the world. He was a man of peace, but also a man of war, understanding that God had equipped him with powerful weapons to fight off demonic hordes and push forward with the Light of Christ setting captives free.
In 2 Corinthians, he writes about battling false teachers in the Corinthian church that were being used by Satan to try and steal grace from the believers by establishing a legalistic devotion to the Law.
2Co 10:3 For though we live in the world, we do not wage war as the world does. 4 The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. 5 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.
He wasn’t going to put on boxing gloves and bust them in the jaw – but he did have powerful weapons that would knock down strongholds.
In chapter 6 there is a passage that fills my mind with the imagery of Spiritual war. Paul writes with such a rhythm and cadence that I can almost see him moving through the battlefield, bombs to the right and bullets to the left, explosions, and smoke, as he walks out of the haze and dust of battle.
Ok, maybe in the first century Paul couldn’t have envisioned bombs or bullets – but maybe the clank of swords and spray of sparks as metal clashed with metal – read the passage below with this thought, that Paul is describing spiritual warfare.
2Co 6:4 … in great endurance; in troubles, hardships and distresses; 5 in beatings, imprisonments and riots; in hard work, sleepless nights and hunger; 6 in purity, understanding, patience and kindness; in the Holy Spirit and in sincere love; 7 in truthful speech and in the power of God; with weapons of righteousness in the right hand and in the left; 8 through glory and dishonor, bad report and good report; genuine, yet regarded as impostors; 9 known, yet regarded as unknown; dying, and yet we live on; beaten, and yet not killed;
I especially love verse 7 where Paul says, “with weapons of righteousness in the right hand and in the left”. I can see Paul imagining himself as a “spiritual Rambo” as his hands hold the terrifyingly powerful weapons of God and demons flee from the battlefield in horror. [Read More]