"For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh. For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ, and being ready to punish all disobedience when your obedience is fulfilled" (2 Cor. 10:4-6).
Ours is a spiritual war. "For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places" (Eph. 6:12). Our weapons are aptly suited to the battle before us and around us. Superior weaponry is one key to victory in battle. "Greater is He that is in you, than he that is in the world" (1 Jno. 4:4); therefore, victory can be ours. Not all opponents will be won to the side of truth, for some will not hear and accept truth; but the doctrine of Christ can put to silence the ignorance of foolish men (Titus 1:9-11). By our embracing the righteousness of the gospel and abstaining from fleshly lusts which war against the soul, and by lives of submission to authority and doing good according to the gospel we can silence the false accusers (1 Pet. 2:11-17).
The superiority of our weapons is nto based on sophistication and complexity. David's sling and smooth stones might seem primitive, but they were effectual for the purpose. Truth may appear to many people to be ineffectual against treachery and deceit, yet is is the sword of the Spirit (Eph. 6:17). Faith in God no doubt seems to be helpless before the onslaught of error; yet, properly lifted up and ably wielded, it can quench every fiery dart of the wicked (Eph. 6:16). Humility and submission to properly exercised authority may be cast aside by the unbelieving as weak and powerless, but these attitudes are part of the armament of God (1 Pet. 2:13-17).
Superiority of weaponry, one key to victory, by itself does not win the war.
The finest sword, sheathed, does not defeat any enemies. We must apply ourselves
to the mastery of our weapons and become skilled in the use of them all in order
to overcome evil. Many of us have been far too busy learning the ways and tactics
of the world, and far too lacking in diligence in learning how to use God's
superior weapons. As a result, we are not sufficiently prepared in an opportune
moment to defend the truth and to deliver a blow against error and falsehood.
We need to be thoroughly acquainted with the Scriptures, conversant in their
thought and wisdom, "increasing in the knowledge of God" (Col. 1:10),
giving ourselves to the learning of the truth by meditating upon the Scriptures
so that our progress may be evident to all (1 Tim. 4:15), not that we can boast,
but that we can stand in the battle for truth and be victorious. Victory in
this battle means eternal life, but surrender to the present evil world means
eternal destruction form the presence of God and from the glory of His power
(2 Thes. 1:6-10). "If you do well, will you not be accepted? And if you
do not do well, sin lies at the door. And its desire is for you, but you should
rule over it" (Gen. 4:7).
By Gilbert Alexander
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