“For though we walk in the flesh, we are not waging war according to the flesh” (v3). Paul confronted his opponents both inside and outside the church, but he did not “wage war” in the ordinary human manner. Instead, he relied on God’s “divine power to destroy strongholds” (v4). Paul knew that he was not fighting people, but the wrong thoughts and beliefs that opposed Christ (v5). However, the truth about God’s saving love has the power to set people free and transform their lives.
We each have an “area of influence God has assigned to us” (v13), in which we are called to play our part in the battle to extend Christ’s love and truth.