2 Corinthians 10:4
(For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strongholds;)
1."(For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal"
a. weapons [3696 * hoplon] [Zodhiates: an instrument, implement for preparing a thing, and in the plural for weapons of warfare.]
b. Our minds can be used as weapons for God in our obedience to Him.
1). 1 Peter 4:1 "Forasmuch then as Christ hath suffered for us in the flesh, arm yourselves likewise with the same mind: for he that hath suffered in the flesh hath ceased from sin."
c. Our minds can be an enemy against God.
1). Colossians 1:22 "And you, that were sometime alienated and enemies in your mind by wicked works"
2). Romans 13:14 'and make not provision for the flesh, to fulfill the lusts thereof."
a). provision [4307 * pronoia; pro-before; noeo-to think.]
d. carnal [4559 * sarkikos] fleshor as the equivalent of human with the added idea of weakness.
e. The weapons of our military service are not weak, merely human, i.e. self effort.
2. "but mighty through God to the pulling down of strongholds;)
a. pulling down [2506 * kathairesis] [Zodhiates: Demolition, destruction of a fortress.]
b. strongholds [3794 * [ochuroma] [Zodhiates: A stronghold, fortification, fortress.]
c. I will be shown that Paul is talking about thought processes, long held beliefs that are entrenched in our minds that the enemy uses to hinder or stop spiritual growth in a particular area, or even to cause us to sin.
d. Jeremiah 51:20 "Thou art my battle axe and weapons of war: for with thee will I break in pieces the nations, and with thee will I destroy kingdoms."
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