Paul's Meekness and Authority (Verses 1-6): Paul starts by discussing his meek appearance but assertive authority in Christ. He makes it clear that though he walks in the flesh, he does not wage war in the flesh. The weapons of our warfare are spiritual, aimed at demolishing strongholds and every high thing that exalts itself against God.
True Measure of Authority (Verses 7-12): Paul warns against superficial judgments and calls the Corinthians to understand the source of his authority. He stresses that his authority, which the Lord gave for building up and not tearing down, should not be underestimated. He encourages a full assessment based on the work God has done through him.
Boasting in the Lord (Verses 13-18): The chapter concludes with Paul speaking on the appropriate realm for boasting. It's not in oneself but in the Lord. The one who boasts should boast in the Lord, for it is not the one who commends himself who is approved, but the one whom the Lord commends.
The focus of 2 Corinthians 10 is to elucidate the nature of spiritual battles and authority in the Kingdom of God. Paul calls the church to look beyond the superficial and recognize the weight of spiritual authority, encouraging them to engage in spiritual warfare using God-given weapons. This chapter is a clarion call to fight the good fight of faith, with eyes fixed on divine approval rather than human accolades.

2 Corinthians 10

Now I Paul myself beseech you by the meekness and gentleness of Christ, who in presence am base among you, but being absent am bold toward you:

But I beseech you, that I may not be bold when I am present with that confidence, wherewith I think to be bold against some, which think of us as if we walked according to the flesh.

For though we walk in the 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 strong holds;)

5  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;

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And having in a readiness to revenge all disobedience, when your obedience is fulfilled.

7  Do ye look on things after the outward appearance? If any man trust to himself that he is Christ's, let him of himself think this again, that, as he is Christ's, even so are we Christ's.

8  For though I should boast somewhat more of our authority, which the Lord hath given us for edification, and not for your destruction, I should not be ashamed:

9  That I may not seem as if I would terrify you by letters.

10  For his letters, say they, are weighty and powerful; but his bodily presence is weak, and his speech contemptible.

11  Let such an one think this, that, such as we are in word by letters when we are absent, such will we be also in deed when we are present.

12  For we dare not make ourselves of the number, or compare ourselves with some that commend themselves: but they measuring themselves by themselves, and comparing themselves among themselves, are not wise.

13  But we will not boast of things without our measure, but according to the measure of the rule which God hath distributed to us, a measure to reach even unto you.

14  For we stretch not ourselves beyond our measure, as though we reached not unto you: for we are come as far as to you also in preaching the gospel of Christ:

15  Not boasting of things without our measure, that is, of other men's labours; but having hope, when your faith is increased, that we shall be enlarged by you according to our rule abundantly,

16  To preach the gospel in the regions beyond you, and not to boast in another man's line of things made ready to our hand.

17  But he that glorieth, let him glory in the Lord.

18  For not he that commendeth himself is approved, but whom the Lord commendeth.

End of 2 Corinthians 10

1 Year Plan:  Aug 11 - Job 38, Job 39, 2 Co 10 [next day]

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