Destroying Fortresses (2 Cor. 10:4-5)

SUMMARY: The verses under consideration, 2 Corinthians 10:4-5, provide one of the most concise and explicit descriptions of spiritual warfare in the word of God. Specifically we read of the saint’s responsibility and his power to inflict destructive damage on the enemy’s positions with spiritual weapons.
“For the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh, but divinely powerful for the destruction of fortresses. We are destroying speculations and every lofty thing raised up against the knowledge of God.” 2 Cor. 10:4-5 (NAS)

BLOG: There are at least six observations that can be made from this brief passage:
1) It is clear that the enemy has fortresses and strongholds that must be destroyed. This is obvious because Paul mentions “the destruction of fortresses.” These are spiritual strongholds that have been constructed by “the prince of the power of the air” to protect his kingdom from the gospel. They must be pulled down and destroyed.
2) Until these fortresses are destroyed, there remain evil speculations and lies raised up against God, there is still spiritual fruit that has not been harvested, and there are men and women still held captive behind the strongholds who need to be set free.
3) God has ordained that His saints are instrumental in the pulling down of these strongholds. It is the saints’ unique responsibility to destroy these fortresses and to pull down these strongholds. The Lord has given that assignment to His church and it is only the saints, the followers of Jesus who have the God-ordained role of destroying fortresses.
4) If the saints do not fulfill this role and do not wield the spiritual weapons of war, these enemy fortresses remain intact. If the saints do not destroy the enemy fortresses, then the enemy’s fortresses are safe. God’s “Plan A” for fortress destruction is the weapons of the saints, and there is no Plan B.
5) Notice that the weapons of our warfare are given by God to the saints for the express purpose of destroying enemy fortresses. Our spiritual weapons are “for the destruction of fortresses.” While these weapons can be wielded for other purposes, this passage clearly states that spiritual weapons are given for the destruction of fortresses.
6) The Lord’s saints are expected to be and are implicitly commanded to be engaged in the work of fortress destruction. “We are destroying speculations . . .” Paul says that “we” are destroying speculations. It is clear from the context and from other Pauline writings that Paul intends for the “we” to include all saints and that Paul expects that every obedient Christian will be involved in the pulling down of enemy strongholds.

A) Become skillful in the use of your spiritual weapons of prayer and the sword of the Spirit, which is the Word;
B) Begin today to actively pull down enemy strongholds.

(RMB 5/13/2015)

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