|2 Corinthians 10 |
1 Now I, Paul, plead with you by the meekness and gentleness of Christ; who when I am with you am lowly, but bold toward you when I am absent from you.
2 I beg you that when I am present I may not have to be as bold as I intend to be against some, who think of us as acting according to the flesh.
3 For though we live in the flesh [body of flesh], we do not war after the flesh;
4 For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strongholds,
5 Casting down all our own decisions, and every barrier that is raised up against the wisdom from God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;1 [in order to not do your will, but do the will of God, as you are ordered by the Spirit, the Word of God you hear in your heart. From the Word of the Lord within: "It is many thoughts that make the mortal man. At best your thoughts are a vain hiss. All thoughts must be rejected. There is a blessing to make the cessation of the mind permanent. Grow up into the mind of Christ, from which all good thoughts proceed."]
6 Being in readiness to punish all disobedience [in the church], when your own obedience is fulfilled. [when you have come to unity of the Spirit, which is to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ.]
7 Look at the obvious facts. If any man is confident in himself that he is Christ's, let him consider that just as he is Christ's, even so we are Christ's also.
8 For even though I boast somewhat more about our authority, which the Lord has given us for building you up and not for your destruction, I will not be ashamed,
9 Lest I seem to try to terrify you by my letters.
10 "For his letters," they say, "are weighty and powerful; but his bodily presence is weak, and his speech contemptible."
11 Let such a person consider this, that as we are in letters when we are absent, we will be in deed when we are present.
12 For we do not dare to compare ourselves with those who commend themselves; for when they measure themselves against themselves, and compare themselves against themselves, they are not wise.
13 We will not boast of things beyond our measure, but according to the measure of the rule that God has distributed to us, a measure reaching even to you.
14 For we do not stretch ourselves beyond our measure, as though [our authority] did not reach to you; for we have come as far as to you in preaching the gospel of Christ;
15 Not boasting of things beyond our measure, that is, over other men's labors; but having hope, that when your faith is increased, that we shall be, within our territory, greatly enlarged by you,
16 To preach the gospel in the regions beyond you, and not to boast in work already done elsewhere.
17 But he who glories, let him glory in the Lord.
18 For it is not he who commends himself who is approved, but whom the Lord commends.
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1 Casting down all our own decisions, and every barrier that is raised up against the wisdom from God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ. So that we have the mind of Christ (the Messiah) and do hold the thoughts (feelings and purposes) of His heart, 1 Cor 2:16. From the Word of the Lord within: "It is many thoughts that make the mortal man." You must strip yourselves of your former nature that controlled your conduct, which corrupts itself through lusts and desires that spring from delusion; and be renewed in the spirit of your mind; and put on the newly created nature [of Christ], which is created in God's image of true righteousness and holiness, Eph 4:22-24. This does not mean we continue to think with a new set of rules we have learned from the Bible. No; the carnal mind, which is enmity against God, must be destroyed so that we do not think for ourselves any longer. Instead, as a new creature, we rely on the promptings received from God, just like Christ did when he walked the earth; as he said:
So, even Christ did not make his own decisions. Notice, Jesus said he only did the will of the Father, not his own. In Mat. 7:21, Jesus said: Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ shall enter into the kingdom of heaven, but [only] he who does the will of My Father who is in heaven. So here Jesus tells us what is necessary to go to heaven — to do nothing of ourselves — to only say what we hear the father tell us to say — to only do what the Father shows us to do — to only judge how we are told to judge by the Father. So, we are not to think for ourselves — we are to only follow the promptings of the Father. We must have our carnal mind destroyed to the point that we speak and act from the promptings of the Spirit of God; this is the end of obedience — to think, speak, and act according to God's promptings. To think, speak, and act according to God's promptings is "thy will be done, on earth as in heaven." The mind is destroyed by the Spirit, as it mortifies (kills) the sin in your bodies; and finally when the God of Peace comes to crush the head of Satan under your feet. Rom 16:20. Your mind is renewed in the mind of Christ.
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