Flesh and Spirit: 2 Corinthians 10:3-4

If you believe in the Spirit that is God, then you believe in things that are not of this world.

“3 For though we walk in flesh, we are not waging war according to the flesh. 4 For the weapon of our warfare are not of the flesh but have divine power to destroy strongholds.” – 2 Corinthians 10:3-4 (ESV)

Paul, in 2 Corinthians, was defending his position as a minister of Gods word, pointing out that his words in letters may be harsh and pointed in their delivery. But his words are not of the flesh (meaning his own). They are indeed the words of The Spirit, coming from the Spirit with “…divine power to destroy strongholds”.

He goes on to explain that his wish and obligation is to be of service to those he preaches. He does so with all his strength and with zero remorse. He is distinguished as having the power of God via the Spirit inside of him. The Spirit is a supernatural entity. It was not by poetic devise that Paul made this claim. Paul spoke of it in plain language as assured as breathing the air. He stated it as fact.

For Christians, he was saying “Listen! This is real”.

One concept repeated throughout the Bible is the duality of our nature. We are one being comprised of two parts, flesh and Spirit, that is earthly and spiritual. Our earthly selves perform all manners of human existence, like eating and sleeping. Unfortunately, for the most part our spiritual selves are unused and sorely misunderstood, or sadly, believed to be non-existent.

If you are a believer in God, then you believe in the Spirit that is God. If you believe in the Spirit that is God, then you believe in things that are not of this world. If you believe at all, however small or great in measure, then you must continue the extension of that belief beyond the thoughts in your head. Break free of the limitations of your understanding to go beyond merely thinking of it to fully manifesting it.

Jesus not only showed us what is possible, he made it explicitly clear that we are of the same potential as he, if only we accept that which is beyond the limitations of our flesh and tap into the limitless possibilities of our living God.

When Peter sank after briefly walking on the water Jesus said to him, “Ye of little faith.” Peter believed wholly for a moment and transceded earthly possibilities to walk on water as Jesus had. As soon as he doubted, he sank.

After the Apostolic Age (the time when the first Apostles were alive and teaching), the church leaders that followed began the non-ending decline into dogma (official systems of priniciples of faith) that served to organize the community of Christendom. But they failed to teach the practice that leads to genuine spiritual connection, the very act of faith they were trying to teach.

Faith is not just a concept in your head or simply an understanding of Christ’s teachings. Faith is a state of being. Read it again, “Faith is a state of being”.

Genuine faith means you will never sink.

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