Salvation through Faith: Weapons of our Warfare
“For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh. For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal (worldly and temporal mind-sets relating to the fleshly body), but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds. Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ (2 Corinthians 10:3-5).
Paul was portraying in this verse of scripture, that although true believers are merely humans, we do not pursue war as humans do. We utilize God’s mighty weapons not worldly weapons to knock down the strongholds of human reasoning and to destroy the teachings of false doctrine.
What are the weapons of war?
Paul assures us that God’s weapons are mighty (2 Corinthians 10:4). The weapons of our warfare are prayer, faith, hope, love, the word of God, and the Holy Ghost (Ephesians 6:13-18).
These weapons of warfare are surely mighty as well as powerful and effective, for they break down and destroy obstacles that prevent souls from coming into the knowledge and understanding of God. These weapons of warfare are vital to our relationship with Christ because they facilitate pulling down those strongholds, barriers, false doctrine, profane and vain babblings and arguments that keeps us from hearing and believing God’s truth and obeying His Word.
In this spiritual battle, Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior must be the Commander in Chief. Our thoughts and actions must be submitted to his control as we strive daily to live for Him. For the blood washed believer, baptized in Jesus name and filled with the Holy Ghost with the evidence of speaking in tongues (Acts 2:38, 2:4), the weapons of war and God’s power keeps us focused on His truth and provides us with the spirit of discernment (the ability to see and understand others, things and situations clearly) as we bring into captivity rebellious thoughts of those who may be seeking Christ, teaching them to obey Christ (2Corinthians 10:5).
When we obey Christ and follow Him whole-heartedly, we cannot even begin to imagine what God has prepared for them that love Him. He has so much in store for us, both in this life and for eternity (1 Corinthians 2:9). Jesus said, “I go to prepare a place for you” (John 14:2). So, in the meantime— while we wait we have work to do but must first wait till we have received the power from on high (Luke 24:49). For us today, this begins with the New Birth (John 3:3 & 5) being baptized in Jesus Name and being filled with the Holy Ghost. He sent us a comforter, which is the Holy Ghost that will teach us all things (John 14:26) and will open our understanding to the scriptures/word of God (Luke 24:45).
The Holy Ghost will comfort and guide us— giving us the courage to press on in this life, enduring through our tests and trials, evangelizing the unsaved, bringing the work of God’s salvation to completion and the assurance of sharing his glory.
“To whom God would make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles; which is Christ in you, the hope of glory” (Colossians 1:27).
For we walk by Faith, and not by Sight (2 Corinthians 5:7)
God Bless you
Minister Ted & Minister Jacqueline Fox