The Word our Weapon
Category : General
2 Corinthians 10: 4 (KJV)
4(For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;)
We are living in dangerous times. Times where right is deemed wrong and wrong is the way to go. A time values and virtues are not promoted. We are in a war and if there is a time where we ever need God, I believe we need Him now.
The apostle often uses the metaphor of a warfare to represent the life and trials of a Christian minister–Ephesians 6:10-17; 1 Timothy 1:18; 2 Timothy 2:3-5. By “warfare” is here meant, not that which is common to all believers, who are enlisted as volunteers under the captain of their salvation, and fight his battles, and are more than conquerors through him; but what is peculiar to the ministers of the Gospel; and designs the ministerial function, or office, and the discharge of it.
The “weapons” with which this warfare is managed are the Scriptures of truth, the sword of the Spirit, the word of God; and which indeed are an armory, out of which may be taken weapons of all sorts, both offensive and defensive. And such as serve both to establish and secure the doctrines of the Gospel, and to refute the errors of the wicked: to which may be added all those gifts which Christ has received for, and gives to men, qualifying them for the work of the ministry, and for the understanding of the sacred writings. Now together with all those means made use of by them for their improvement in spiritual knowledge; such as diligent reading the word of God, and the labors of His faithful servants, frequent meditation thereon, and earnest prayer to God for more light and experience. Also the various graces of the Spirit, with which they are endued, may be taken into the account; such as the breast plate of faith in Christ, and love to himself, his people, word, ordinances, cause, and interest; the helmet of salvation, hope, the girdle of truth and faithfulness, and the excellent grace of patience to endure all hardships, reproaches, insults, afflictions, and persecutions, cheerfully; and finally, all the acts of their ministration, such as preaching, prayer, the administration of ordinances, and laying on of censures, with the consent of the church.
Moreover, these weapons (ones mentioned earlier) ‘are not carnal’ – Not those of the flesh. Not such as the people of the world use. They are not such as are employed by conquerors; nor are they such as people in general rely on to advance their cause. We do not depend on eloquence, or talent, or learning, or wealth, or beauty, or any of the external aids on which the people of this world rely. They are not such as derive advantage from any power inherent in themselves. Their strength is derived from God alone. Here he refers to the means used by the false apostle in order to secure his party; he calumniated Paul, traduced the truth, preached false and licentious doctrines, and supported these with sophistical reasoning’s.
Let us remember our doctrines are true and pure, they come from God and lead to Him, and He accompanies them with His mighty power to the hearts of those who hear them; and the strong holds – the apparently solid and cogent reasoning of the philosophers, we, by these doctrines, pull down; and thus the fortifications of heathenism are destroyed, and the cause of Christ triumphs wherever we come; and we put to flight the armies of the aliens.
Let our war, therefore, be according to our capacity and our opportunity. Let us go steadily forward with quiet work, steady giving, constant sympathy, perpetual readiness to do the very next thing that is to be done, though it be of the very simplest character. Let us look to One True God who alone can deliver us because He is might to save.
Have a great and God filled day!