The Power of Spiritual Warfare

We do not fight against the physical flesh, but our warfare is spiritual!

Whether you realize it or not, you are engaged in warfare. The battle is real, but it is spiritual, not physical.

II Corinthians 10: 3

For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh:

For

A primary particle – assigning a reason (used in argument, explanation or intensification)

walk

to tread all around – walk at large, especially as proof of ability – figuratively, to live, deport oneself, follow

Present Active Participle

Active Voice – action is accomplished by the subject (we)

Participle – Verbal adjective that can function as a verb, noun, or adjective in the sentence

in

denotes a fixed position in place, time, or state – relation of rest

Preposition – a word used to relate to a noun or pronoun with some other word in the sentence

flesh

flesh, as stripped of the skin – the body as opposed to the soul or the spirit – human nature

Anarthrous – intended to point out the quality of something – emphasizes in some way the person or thing it modifies

Noun – person, place or thing

war

to serve in a military campaign – to execute the Office of Apostle with its duties and functions – to content with carnal inclinations, war

Present Indicative Middle

Indicative – makes an assertion of a fact where distinction can regularly be made about the time when an action occurs

Present Tense Indicative Mood – represents contemporaneous, or living, action that is in the now

after

primary article – down in place or time – about, against, according to, after

Preposition – relates the noun with some other word in sentence

II Corinthians 10: 4

(For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strongholds;)

weapons

from the primitive root word to be busy about – a tool, utensil, or implement – armor, used literally or figuratively for offensive warfare

warfare

comes from a root word stratos meaning an army and from strateuomai meaning to serve in a military campaign; to execute the apostalate with all its duties and functions, to contend with carnal inclinations; to be a soldier in any capacity as a Christian who uses warfare

Definite Article

Anarthrous – points out the quality of something – emphasizes in some way the person or thing it modifies

not

an absolute negative

carnal

pertaining to flesh – bodily, temporal, by implication: animal unregenerate

Predicate – part of the sentence that makes an assertion about the subject (weapons)

Adjective – modifies a noun by describing its certain properties or qualities

Anarthrous – intended to point out the quality of something

but

contrariwise – says something opposite

mighty

powerful or capable, able, power, strong

through God TO

forward to, pertaining to, near to, motion towards

Preposition

relates a noun or pronoun to some other word in a sentence

pulling down

demolition, extinction, destruction

Anarthrous Noun – intends to point out the quality of something

strongholds

a castle, to fortify through the idea of holding safely; figuratively, argument

Anarthrous Noun – see above

II Corinthians 10: 5

Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ.

casting down

to lower or with violence – demolish, literally or figuratively – pull, put or take down, destroy, warfare

Present Active Participle – expresses continuous or repeated action – the action is relative to the main verb. The active voice means that the action is accomplished by the subject.

imaginations

computation, reasoning (conscience, conceit) thought

Anarthrous Noun – intends to point out the quality of something in the person, place, or thing

every

all, any, whole

high thing

implying barrier, elevated place or thing, altitude

Anathrous Noun – see above

exalteth itself

to raise up, exalt self, lift up

The middle voice means the subject acts upon itself in some way and also receives the action of the verb. It is contemporaneous or living action – not in the past or future

bringing into captivity

to make captive, lead away captive

Present Active Participle

The action is accomplished by the subject, and expresses continuous or repeated action that is relative to the main verb

thought

a perception, purpose, the intellect, disposition, device of the mind

Anarthrous Noun – see above

to

into (indicating the point reached or entered) of place, time or purpose

obedience

attentive hearkening, compliance or submission, to heed or conform to a command or authority

II Corinthians 10: 6

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

readiness

from an old noun fitness, ready or prepared

Anarthrous Noun – see above

revenge

to vindicate, retaliate, punish

Aorist Infinitive Active – the action is accomplished by the subject and is simple, undefined action

disobedience

implies inattention – comes from another word meaning to neglect, to hear or mishear

obedience

attentive hearkening – implies compliance or submission. Emphasizes the person or thing it modifies

fulfilled

to make replete, to cram, level up, finish, verify, satisfy, execute

Aorist Subjunctive Passive – simple undefined action, passive voice, makes an assertion about something where there is a doubt

We as Christians are at war fighting spiritual battles, even though we live in the flesh. Many times we get this confused and start to fight against other people in physical battles and forget about all the powerful spiritual weapons we have.

Through God, we have the power to cast away everything that Satan tries to throw at us to try to bring us down. Our warfare is mighty to shatter strongholds that threaten to destroy us.

These are very powerful verses. You don’t have to stay defeated by Satan any longer. God wants you to stand on the truth of these verses and claim them with all your might. Even if you don’t see things happening right away it doesn’t mean that God is not working on your behalf. If you continue to believe, you will start to see victory. Don’t let Satan defeat you any longer!

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