The reason I wrote you was to see if you would stand the test and be obedient in everything. 2 Corinthians 2:9
Before the throne of God above.
But when Christ had offered for all time a single sacrifice for sins, He sat down at the right hand of God, There He waits until His enemies are humbled and made a footstool under His feet.
Of David. A psalm. The LORD says to my Lord: “Sit at my right hand until I make your enemies a footstool for your feet.” Psalm 110:1
Unlike the other high priests, he does not need to offer sacrifices day after day, first for his own sins, and then for the sins of the people. He sacrificed for their sins once for all when he offered himself. Hebrews 7:27
We should be aware of our own infirmities, and think humbly of ourselves, even when men reproach us. The work of the ministry is a spiritual warfare with spiritual enemies, and for spiritual purposes. Outward force is not the method of the gospel, but strong persuasions, by the power of truth and the meekness of wisdom. Conscience is accountable to God only; and people must be persuaded to God and their duty, not driven by force. Thus the weapons of our warfare are very powerful; the evidence of truth is convincing. What opposition is made against the gospel, by the powers of sin and Satan in the hearts of men! But observe the conquest the word of God gains. The appointed means, however feeble they appear to some, will be mighty through God. And the preaching of the cross, by men of faith and prayer, has always been fatal to idolatry, impiety, and wickedness.
(Matthew Henry on 2 Corinthians 10:6)
And having in a readiness to revenge all disobedience – I am ready, through this mighty armor of God, to punish those opposers of the doctrine of Christ, and the disobedience which has been produced by them.
When your obedience is fulfilled – When you have in the fullest manner, discountenanced those men, and separated yourselves from their communion. The apostle was not in haste to pull up the tares, lest he should pull up the wheat also.
All the terms in these two verses are military. Allusion is made to a strongly fortified city, where the enemy had made his last stand; entrenching himself about the walls; strengthening all his redoubts and ramparts; raising castles, towers, and various engines of defense and offense upon the walls; and neglecting nothing that might tend to render his strong hold impregnable. The army of God comes against the place and attacks it; the strong holds οχυροματα, all the fortified places, are carried. The imaginations, λογισμοι, engines, and whatever the imagination or skill of man could raise, are speedily taken and destroyed. Every high thing, παν ὑψωμα, all the castles and towers are sapped, thrown down and demolished; the walls are battered into breaches; and the besieging army, carrying every thing at the point of the sword, enter the city, storm and take the citadel. Every where defeated, the conquered submit, and are brought into captivity, αιχμαλωτιζοντες, are led away captives; and thus the whole government is destroyed.
It is easy to apply these things, as far as may be consistent with the apostle’s design. The general sense I have given in the preceding notes.
(Clarke’s Commentary on the Bible)
The Son is the radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of His being, sustaining all things by His powerful word. After He had provided purification for sins, He sat down at the right hand of the Majesty in heaven.
How much more, then, will the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered Himself unblemished to God, cleanse our consciences from acts that lead to death, so that we may serve the living God!
And by that will, we have been made holy through the sacrifice of the body of Jesus Christ once for all. Hebrews 10:10
–Because by one sacrifice He has made perfect forever those who are being made holy. Hebrews 10:14
Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect.
Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful.
Matthew 5:48, Luke 6:36
Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you. Ephesians 4:32
—So that you may become blameless and pure, children of God without fault in a crooked and depraved generation, in which you shine like stars in the universe. Philippians 2:15
Beloved, let us love one another, for love if of God; and everyone who loves is born of God and knows God. He who does not love does not know God, for God is love.
1 John 4:7, 8
Faith works by the love of God that is shed abroad in our hearts by His Holy Spirit. The same love made manifest on the cross when Jesus tore down every dividing wall so
that we may boldly go where no man has gone before–before the throne of God above.
He is our great high priest, our sacrifice and the altar of our confession.
With a love like that on our side, how can we lose? Faith is powered by such love to see past the barricades that people erect to keep us out. There is something of worth even in the most unlovable person. God’s love never fails and the gates of hell cannot prevail against it. His truth endures forever so that means that all lying tongues either cease or are transformed!
Lord, help me look deeper into this person I see as an obstacle. You have engineered my life to experience every circumstance as an opportunity to overcome obstacles by
faith in Your unfailing love. Help me see what is hidden deep in the heart of this person so that together we might turn them around for Your glory in Christ Jesus Amen.
Live a life filled with love, following the example of Christ. He loved us and offered Himself as a sacrifice for us, a pleasing aroma to God.
But thanks be to God, who always leads us in triumphal procession in Christ and through us spreads everywhere the fragrance of the knowledge of Him.
For we are to God the aroma of Christ among those who are being saved and those who are perishing. 2 Corinthians 2:14-15
I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me. Galatians 2:20
For He chose us in Him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in His sight. In love.
Be very careful, then, how you live--not as unwise but as wise.
When He gives grace or strength or life, He gives it by giving Himself to work it – it is all inseparable from Himself. Much more so is the Holy Spirit. He is God, present and working in us. The true position in which we can count upon that working with an unceasing power is as we, praising for what we have, still unceasingly wait for the Father’s promise to be still more mightily fulfilled.
What new meaning and promise does this give to our lives of waiting! It teaches us to continually keep the place where the disciples tarried at the footstool of the throne. It reminds us that, as helpless as they were to meet their enemies, or to preach to Christ’s enemies until they were endued with power, we, too, can only be strong in the life of faith, or the work of love, as we are in direct communication with God and Christ. They must maintain the life of the Spirit in us.
This assures us that the omnipotent God will, through the glorified Christ, work in us a power that can bring unexpected things to pass, impossible things. Oh, what the church will be able to do when her individual members learn to live their lives waiting on God – when together, with all of self and the world sacrificed in the fire of love, they unite in waiting with one accord for the promise of the Father, once so gloriously fulfilled, but still unexhausted!
Come and let each of us be still in the presence of the inconceivable grandeur of this prospect: the Father waiting to fill the church with the Holy Spirit. And willing to fill me, let each one say.
With this faith, let a hush and a holy fear come over the soul, as it waits in stillness to take it all in. And, let life increasingly become a deep joy in the hope of the ever fuller fulfillment of the Father’s promise.
My soul, wait thou only upon God!
Then Jesus told them, “I tell you the truth, if you have faith and don’t doubt, you can do things like this and much more. You can even say to this mountain, `May you be lifted up and thrown into the sea,’ and it will happen.” -Matthew 21:21