2 Corinthians 10:1-6, Band of Brothers

This Lord’s Day we will focus on 2 Corinthians 10:1-6. This passage begins Paul’s renewed defense in which he takes aim at his opponents in Corinth who were trying to undermine his authority and his message in the church. His defense will occupy the rest of the letter. In it, Paul encourages the Corinthians to step up and stand with him in the conflict.

Several important themes appear in this text and throughout the remaining chapters. First, the issues at nature of the conflict was spiritual rather than personal; spiritual warfare was being waged in Corinth. Second, the weapons Paul used in the conflict, though only alluded to in this text, are spiritual—specifically the truth of God’s word. Finally, the battleground in the conflict is the local church. In Paul’s worldview, everything hinged on the well being of the assembly.