By Pastor Jeff Hanson
Pull Down, Cast Down, Bring it!
The Spiritual War
2 Corinthians 10:1-5, Now I, Paul, myself am pleading with you by the meekness and gentleness of Christ—who in presence am lowly among you, but being absent am bold toward you. But I beg you that when I am present I may not be bold with that confidence by which I intend to be bold against some, who think of us as if we walked according to the flesh. 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,
Weapons have vastly changed over the last hundred years from the days of flintlock rifles to the high-powered automatics of the military today, from grenades and cannons to nuclear and laser powered missiles, from the single engine planes to supersonic jets and drones. From sail powered ships to nuclear powered ships and submarines that can stay submerged for 3 months or more. From binoculars to radar that can detect movements from thousands of miles away. Warfare has become the most technological science in the world and also the potential to be the most deadly.
The Bible calls these weapons as carnal-pertaining to the flesh, bodily which by the interpretation here doesn’t seem to be one we should fear the most. The most fearful weapon is the one we cannot see, Ephesians 6:10-12, “Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might. Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.” The carnal weapon can destroy the body but this weapon destroys the soul. Matthew 10:28, “And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.”
The two books addressed to the church at Corinth are actually four letters Paul had sent to them addressing several issues that he was made aware of. The first tree letters are in 1 Corinthians dealt with factions in the church, the problem with a son having relationships with his father’s wife, communion, the gifts of the Spirit, and the resurrection.
The second book deals mainly with the challenge to his authority and warnings of false Apostles infiltrating the church. Paul telling the Corinthians that through God we have a weapon that is more powerful that all the carnal weapons combined for it can “Pull down Strongholds”.
Strongholds; a place that has been fortified so as to protect it from attack; a place where a particular cause or belief is strongly defended or upheld. A stronghold can be physical or spiritual that prevents you to becoming the man or woman of God you could be.
We need to remember what Paul was addressing in the book of 2nd Corinthians to see what the stronghold Paul wanted pulled down. 2 Corinthians 11:3-4, “But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtilty, so your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ. For if he that cometh preacheth another Jesus, whom we have not preached, or if ye receive another spirit, which ye have not received, or another gospel, which ye have not accepted, ye might well bear with him.”
The church of today is continually being asked, persuaded, and even forced to conform to this world today. Sadly, in many ways she has. Romans 12:1-2, “I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.”
So, “Pull it Down!”
The second Paul tells us is to “Cast it Down!” which is to demolish (literally or figuratively) imaginations or man’s thoughts. We need to trust that God in every facet in our lie even when we don’t understand what He is asking of us, Isaiah 55:8-9. “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the LORD. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.”
We also need to have knowledge in the Word of God to be able to recognize when we hear or see something that does or doesn’t line up with it, 2Peter 2:1-2, “But there were false prophets also among the people, even as there shall be false teachers among you, who privily shall bring in damnable heresies, even denying the Lord that bought them, and bring upon themselves swift destruction. And many shall follow their pernicious ways; by reason of whom the way of truth shall be evil spoken of.”
1John 4:1, “Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world.”
Paul goes further in telling us that we have to cast down “every high thing” those that are in authority, Eph 6:12, “For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.”
Romans 12:3, “For I say, through the grace given unto me, to every man that is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think; but to think soberly, according as God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith.”
We live unfortunately live in a time that ministers are quick to call themselves apostles, prophets, bishops, reverends, faith healers and so on but you rarely hear them call themselves the most important title, “servant”.
“Cast it Down!”
The last thing Paul covers in these verses is to “Bring into Captivity” every thought to the obedience of Christ. Don’t let it run loose or keep going back to whatever you have pulled down or cast down! Proverbs 23:7, “For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he: Eat and drink, saith he to thee; but his heart is not with thee.”
Hebrews 5:8-9, “Though he were a Son, yet learned he obedience by the things which he suffered; And being made perfect, he became the author of eternal salvation unto all them that obey him;”
We are indeed in a war, a war not of the carnal, but war for the hearts and minds of every person living today on this planet called earth.
We need to Pull the Strongholds Down, Cast Down thought and teachings that go against God and His word, and Bring every thought into Captivity!
Luke 9:23, ”And he said to them all, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me.”