Our war and our weapons are not of this world.
Paul experienced a struggle in Corinth. A group of preachers and teachers arrived from Judea with a letter of recommendation and practised ecstatic and visionary experiences. To them Paul was an enigma. In person he seemed to be timid. Yet in his writings he was powerful and strong. The visitors took this to be a sign of weakness, indeed worldliness. But they were misjudging Paul. The content of his preaching and writing was the Gospel, the Power of God for the salvation of the world. And his manner of mission and ministry were profoundly Christ-like. God’s power is to be found in his Word. And the power which Paul experienced and expressed was not through his personality or his deeds. It was simply through the Gospel of which he spoke, and never through himself. Of himself he was nothing. His critics mistook his methods and manner as signs of worldliness. But it was they who were being worldly.
In this Paul is thankful for weapons in spiritual warfare, which are ‘not of this world’, but still have power to ‘demolish strongholds’. We have great need of them today, as we seek to undertake what is sometimes called ‘Mission in Christ’s Way.’
Reading: 2 Corinthians 10:1-6
Questions to think about:
- Paul’s critics in Corinth think he was powerless and worldly. What was wrong with their accusations against him?
- Who does Paul consider to be his chief inspiration in working out the shape and the nature of his mission and ministry and what are the implications for our work and witness today?
- What is the significance for us of Paul’s reliance on weapons which are ‘not of this world’, yet ‘possess divine power to demolish strongholds’?