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Bible Study: 2 Corinthians 10

Here are a few verses that stuck out to me after reading through it:

Verses 4-5: 4for the (I)weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh, but divinely powerful (J)for the destruction of fortresses. We are destroying speculations and every (K)lofty thing raised up against the knowledge of God, and we are taking every thought captive to the (L)obedience of Christ,

It seems to me that in this verse Paul is talking about how with the church of believers, people were actively and boldly assaulting the “fortresses” of earthly wisdom.  This is something in America that believers need to be more activing in doing, while maintaining a proper attitude and motivation.  Unfortunatly, some blievers have taken it upon themselves to be bold to the point of overstepping thier bounds and are lacking in love and grace when spreading the gospel.  Hoevever, I feel there are vastly more that are not being bold enough when the opportunity arieses


God bless.

-Neil

http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=2%20Corinthians%2010

2 Corinthians 10

Paul Describes Himself

1Now (A)I, Paul, myself (B)urge you by the (C)meekness and gentleness of Christ–I who (D)am meek when face to face with you, but bold toward you when absent!

2I ask that (E)when I am present I need not be bold with the confidence with which I propose to be courageous against (F)some, who regard us as if we walked (G)according to the flesh.

3For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war (H)according to the flesh,

4for the (I)weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh, but divinely powerful (J)for the destruction of fortresses.

5We are destroying speculations and every (K)lofty thing raised up against the knowledge of God, and we are taking every thought captive to the (L)obedience of Christ,

6and we are ready to punish all disobedience, whenever (M)your obedience is complete.

7(N)You are looking at things as they are outwardly (O)If anyone is confident in himself that he is Christ’s, let him consider this again within himself, that just as he is Christ’s, (P)so also are we.

8For even if (Q)I boast somewhat further about our (R)authority, which the Lord gave for building you up and not for destroying you, I will not be put to shame,

9for I do not wish to seem as if I would terrify you by my letters.

10For they say, “His letters are weighty and strong, but his personal presence is (S)unimpressive and (T)his speech contemptible.”

11Let such a person consider this, that what we are in word by letters when absent, such persons we are also in deed when present.

12For we are not bold to class or compare ourselves with some of those who (U)commend themselves; but when they measure themselves by themselves and compare themselves with themselves, they are without understanding.

13But we will not boast (V)beyond our measure, but (W)within the measure of the sphere which God apportioned to us as a measure, to reach even as far as you.

14For we are not overextending ourselves, as if we did not reach to you, for (X)we were the first to come even as far as you in the (Y)gospel of Christ;

15not boasting (Z)beyond our measure, that is, in (AA)other men’s labors, but with the hope that as (AB)your faith grows, we will be, within our sphere, (AC)enlarged even more by you,

16so as to (AD)preach the gospel even to (AE)the regions beyond you, and not to boast (AF)in what has been accomplished in the sphere of another.

17But (AG)HE WHO BOASTS IS TO BOAST IN THE LORD.

18For it is not he who (AH)commends himself that is approved, but he (AI)whom the Lord commends.

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