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Now, I Paul, myself,
ask you by the meekness and gentleness of Christ,
who in person am humble among you,
but being absent, I am fearless toward you.
But I ask you, that I may not be harsh when I am present,
with the confidence that I feel should be used
with some people who think of us
as if we walked according to the flesh.
Paulís polite way of saying, Usually, Iím fairly mild mannered when I visit
you, but being absent now, Iím gonna be a little ... Assertive. I beg you,
donít make me be stern when we get there become some of you think weíre like
the rest of the world.
For even though we walk in the flesh,
we do not war (fight) according to the flesh.
(The weapons we use are not worldly,
but mighty through God, that can even pull down
What Paul is
referring to is what he also wrote in
For we wrestle not against flesh and blood (mankind), but against
principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this
world, against spiritual wickedness in high places (these are all evil
entities). Now, this is how he explains this ďspiritual
warfareĒ to the Corinthians.
We cast down imaginations
and every proud thing that thinks it knows more than God,
and every thought is a prisoner of this war
until it is obedient to Christ,
who has the power to punish all disobedience,
when your obedience is fulfilled.
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In a nutshell,
Paul is saying, things are not always as they appear. Donít judge a book by
itís cover. I may seem quiet, but I can speak loudly. I may seem frail, but
when I fight with the weapons that God provides, I am victorious. You canít
spear a spirit, and the ideas that someone is putting in the minds of the
Corinthians against Paul are coming from evil spirits working through
someone. So how does Paul war with them? He defeats the ďimaginationsĒ or
thoughts, or ideas that are presented, with TRUTH!
Do you judge things according to their outward appearance?
If any man is sure of himself that he is a Christian,
let him know this too, that just as he belongs to Christ,
we do too.
Because even though I should brag slightly more of our
which the Lord has given to us for your betterment,
and not for your hurt,
Iím not ashamed that I donít appear
as if I would terrify you by my letters,
because some people say my letters are important and
but my physical presence is weak,
and my speech is despicable.
Let those people instead think this:
That the way we seem in in the words of our letters when
we will be the same also, in deed, when we are present.
We dare not make ourselves a part of,
nor compare ourselves with those that are arrogant,
comparing themselves against themselves,
and comparing themselves among themselves, are not wise.
But we will not brag about things outside of our limits,
but according to the limits which God has given to us,
a limit to reach even to you.
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