2 Corinthians 10
(1-18) Paul Defends His Ministry
If Paul has to deal with sin when he visits the Corinthian Christians, he promises to do so with boldness. The sin that we fight against each day is not a physical, fleshly war, but a spiritual war. The only effective weapons that we have against sin are spiritual weapons that have divine power to destroy dark strongholds in our lives. Everything that is contrary to God and goes against His knowledge must be torn down. Every thought and action of ours must be taken captive and made obedient to Christ.
Paul does not promise to confront the sin of the Corinthian Christians with boldness because he wants to tear them down, spiritually, emotionally, and mentally. He does so because he wants to build them up in Christ. It is sin that goes unchecked and unconfessed that tears us down. But when we acknowledge our wrongs, repent of them, and get right with God and others, then we are made stronger.
The only boasting that Paul does is boasting in the Lord. He does not boast in the labors of others. He does not boast in his own labors. We shouldn’t boast about our own successes or achievements or abilities. We should only boast or glory in God and in who He is and in what He has done for, in, and through us. Our commendation does not matter, and neither does the commendation of others. Only what God thinks of us matters.
Favorite verse: (5) We destroy arguments and every lofty opinion raised against the knowledge of God, and take every thought captive to obey Christ.