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Living In Two Worlds

January 19, 2016

2 Corinthians 10:3-6

For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh. For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ, and being ready to punish all disobedience when your obedience is fulfilled.

 

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There are two worlds that we as Christians live amongst. I am not sure if we all realize that, and maybe we do but forget at times. There is the physical world and the spiritual world. To some of you this may sound pretty crazy, and rightly so. However the more you grow in your relationship with Jesus Christ and spend time in God’s Word, the more you will understand the truth behind what I am saying.

The writer in this passage is Paul, he is speaking to the church in Corinth because they have gotten things a little mixed up. They have been handling their affairs and disputes in ways that are not only contrary to God’s Word, but contrary to the Holy Spirit.

In Ephesians 6, Paul teaches us how to prepare spiritually and fight these spiritual battles.

David Guzik in a commentary compares it this way:

“The Corinthian Christians tended to rely on and admire carnal weapons for the Christian battle.  Instead of the belt of truth, they fought with manipulation.  Instead of the breastplate of righteousness, they fought with the image of success.  Instead of the shoes of the gospel, they fought with smooth words.  Instead of the shield of faith, they fought with the perception of power.  Instead of the helmet of salvation, they fought with lording over authority.  Instead of the sword of the Spirit, they fought with human schemes and programs.”

How often have we been guilty of these types of counterattacks? Or at least been tempted to act or react in such ways? I know I have.

Remember recently we shared about being a new creation, and having to renew our minds? Well this is an ongoing discipline for the Christian. It will take time to learn this, and be proficient. But we must improve in this.

Where do we start?

We need to follow the example of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

Philippians 2:5-8

Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus, who, being in the form of God, did not consider it robbery to be equal with God, but made Himself of no reputation, taking the form of a bondservant, and coming in the likeness of men. And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross.

Let me close with a quote from David Guzik about this passage and how it relates to the church in Corinth and likewise, us today.

“This kind of victory through humble obedience offended the Corinthian Christians because it seemed so “weak.”  The carnal, human way is to overpower and dominate and manipulate and out-maneuver.  The spiritual, Jesus-way is to humble yourself, die to yourself, and let God show His resurrection power through you.” (Guzik)

 

 

May you all be blessed with the power and humility (also known in the Bible as exceeding riches) of the Lord Jesus Christ.

 

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