The War We All Fight—2 Corinthians 10:3-5



3 For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh: 4 (For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;) 5 Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ; (2 Corinthians 10:3–5)




2 Corinthians 10:3 For though we walk in the flesh [as human beings], we do not war after the flesh [human standards]: 


Most of the time, people know whether or not if a war is going on. Can you imagine being a Polish citizen in September of 1939? The German Blitzkrieg was overwhelming the Polish from the West. From the East, the Soviet armies were marching in. Suddenly your town and home is being bombed, shelled, and overran. It seems so unfair, because of the desires of dictators in Berlin and Moscow, you no longer have a home. You have only the few possessions you can carry as you join hundreds of refugees walking down a road to a place that is safe (if there is a safe place). Most of the time, people know if there’s a war going on.


Did you know that, if you are a Christian, you are in the midst of a war? You might say, “Well, from time to time, it sure does feel like it!” Maybe when you’ve had a bad day at work, or a bad argument with your spouse, or an illness suddenly besets you. Those days do indeed feel like a war.


But our text tells us that we are in a war all the time.

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The Light Rejected, The Light Received—John 1:9-13



So far, in the Gospel of John, we’ve seen Jesus Christ described using two words. The first was simply, “the Word,” and the second, “the Light.” The first emphasizes God’s desire to communicate with His creation. The second displays God’s ability to shine in our hearts, reveal our sin and point us in the true way. 


Now, in the next verses, we are challenged to respond to the Word and the Light. There are two possible responses—and only two—rejection and reception. 


9 That was the true Light, which lighteth every man that cometh into the world. 10 He was in the world, and the world was made by him, and the world knew him not. 11 He came unto his own, and his own received him not. 12 But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name: 13 Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God. (John 1:9–13)

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Jesus Is Light And Life—John 1:3-8



3 All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made. 4 In him was life; and the life was the light of men. 5 And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not. 6 There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. 7 The same came for a witness, to bear witness of the Light, that all men through him might believe. 8 He was not that Light, but was sent to bear witness of that Light. (John 1:3–8)


In this passage, it seems that verse 5 stands as a key verse, so let’s start with it. 




John 1:5 And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended [overcame] it not.


What is this “light” and what is the “darkness” that it is shining in? 


The light is Jesus Christ Himself. Later in the Gospel of John, Jesus says—


…I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life. (John 8:12)

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Jesus Christ Is The Eternal God—John 1:1-2



John 1:1 IN the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. John 1:2 The same was in the beginning with God. 


To our modern ears, it might be strange to call another person “the Word” (logos). But while it might be strange to us, it wasn’t strange to either the Jews or the Greeks. 


The Jews shied away from using God’s name at all, lest they accidentally use it in vain. They would substitute other titles—like “Heaven”—instead of pronouncing the divine name. Another title they would have used was, “the Word.” Any Jew reading this would have known from the first phrase who John was talking about. 


The Greeks also used this title, “the Word,” but not in the same way as the Jews. They would have used it to refer to the ultimate reason or the purpose of the universe. They would have used it more in an impersonal sense or philosophical sense rather than a personal sense.


Both Jews and Greeks reading the Gospel of John would have been hooked from the very first line. For both Jews and Greeks, John points them to a specific person. Who is the Word? John makes that clear in later verses:


14 And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth. 15 John bare witness of him, and cried, saying, This was he of whom I spake, He that cometh after me is preferred before me: for he was before me. (John 1:14–15)


The Word made flesh? John being His forerunner and witness? This can only be referring to Jesus. For the Jewish reader, their own God was made flesh. For the Greek reader, the impersonal reason behind the universe was, in fact, a person!

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