Paul addresses some challenges within the Corinthian church. He defends his authority as an apostle and leader, responding to criticisms from certain individuals who questioned his credentials and undermined his ministry. Some felt he is not that impressive in his appearance or as a speaker yet his letters are bold.
Paul asserts that though he is human, he carries divine authority granted by God to build up the church and spread the teachings of Christ. He explains that his weapons are not physical or worldly but spiritual, capable of tearing down false arguments and bringing truth to light. His goal is to bring every thought and belief under the authority of Christ.
Too often we forget we are in the midst of a spiritual battle where spiritual forces of darkness and evil try to bring division and confusion. Paul gives us instructions on how to combat this when he writes:
“The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. 5 We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.” (2 Corinthians 10:4-5)
The apostle also distinguishes between boasting in one’s own achievements and boasting in the Lord. He encourages the Corinthians to boast only in the Lord, recognizing that true strength and wisdom come from Him. Paul expresses his longing to visit the Corinthian church to strengthen their faith and address the issues directly, hoping for a positive and united relationship.