How many times have you been confronted with arguments like “The Bible is full of contradictions.” Or how about “God is just a myth created by man to explain the world.” With the growth of social media and the global internet, you can watch someone make a very convincing argument for the flatness of the earth or the fact that the lunar landing was a hoax! Some people are just really good at making a convincing argument—but does that mean they are right?
The next three chapters in our 2nd Corinthians study, chapters 10-13, form a very interesting section. Paul deals with people who are really convincing debaters! Bible scholars have spent much time trying to figure out exactly how this section fits in with the rest of this letter. For one, it has a much different tone and direction than the rest of 2 Corinthians. In these chapters we will see Paul battling to defend his apostleship against a faction in Corinth that are stealing people’s minds and leading them away from Christ! That is why Paul enters the fray.
We will step into the introduction to this section, set the backdrop, and discuss the war that is raging in Corinth. What kind of war is it? Who is Paul fighting against? How is it being fought? What is at stake? Is it worth fighting? These are all good questions we will try to answer as we step into 2 Corinthians 10 and learn some important lessons about “spiritual warfare!”