Read 2 Corinthians 10:1-6.
“The only adequate explanation of the new tone in [2 Cor. 10-13] is that Paul had heard further news from Corinth … whereas in [2 Cor.1-9] Paul had warned the Corinthians against certain errors and certain persons, with some confidence that the Corinthians would heed his advice, in [2 Cor.10-13] he finds that the Corinthians have rejected him and his Gospel in favor of the pseudo-apostles and their pseudo-gospel.” (Barrett, p.244)
This world we live in is a hostile environment and Christian leadership means warfare. Make no mistake about it, the stakes in this ongoing battle for the minds of people are the highest on earth – peoples’ souls are on the line.
Strongholds of worldly thinking among Christians must be demolished. Misleading arguments must be boldly assailed and exposed for what they are – resistance to knowing God for who he is in truth. Every pretentious thought that seeks to displace Christ from his rightful throne must be taken captive and made a prisoner of war. Disobedience must be met with discipline – punishment – lest the objective of obedience not be won. Vigilance and readiness are watchwords among those who hold in hand divine power, weapons from out of this world.
And these weapons are given to us by God for the blessing of all, including those who once stood with us in line of battle, but who have now turned traitor.
“Did we in our own strength confide,
our striving would be losing;
Were not the right One on our side,
The Man of God’s own choosing.
Dost ask who that might be?
Christ Jesus, it is He;
Lord Sabbaoth is His name.
From age to age the same,
And He must win the battle.”