False teachers were wreaking havoc on the church Paul had founded in Corinth. These deceivers were stirring up division, causing many to resist Paul’s authority. In 2 Corinthians 10, Paul challenged these rebels, including the false teachers, and reinforced his apostolic ministry. As part of his defense, Paul stated, “For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds” (2 Corinthians 10:4, NKJV). In this context, pulling down strongholds refers to demolishing walls of resistance in people’s minds.
Paul realized that the battle he faced in Corinth was spiritual warfare. The Apostle depended on spiritual weapons of warfare that held God’s power to pull down strongholds.
Christians cannot fight spiritual battles with weapons of the flesh. The only way to successfully engage in spiritual warfare is to abandon carnal methods and worldly attitudes and follow the leading of the Lord Jesus Christ. An Old Testament illustration of “pulling down strongholds” is found in the battle of Jericho. Jericho’s walls are like the walls of resistance in the minds of rebellious people, and they must be torn down.
Thoughts contrary to the truth of God’s Word are like a mental wall of resistance—a stronghold.
Paul’s gentle, humble attitude established a powerful spiritual weapon against the prideful stance of his opposition. Pride, Scripture reveals, is Satan’s predominant attitude and primary pitfall. God opposes the proud and favors the meek.
The Bible names several weapons for pulling down strongholds and waging spiritual warfare. They include the Word of God, prayer, love and humility, the armor of God, and the power of God’s Spirit working in our lives and relying on God’s divine power and not our own.
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