Michael Lane
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The grace of God trains us to renounce sin
Titus 2:11-12
God communicates in words proclaimed, received, accepted, and now at work among believers
1 Thessalonians 2:13
There is a river flowing right through the middle of God's eternal city. We may indeed be refreshed by its waters even now.
Psalms 46
Satan may be powerful, but God is sovereign!
1 Thessalonians 2:17-3:13
1 Peter 5:12-14
An exhortation from a fellow elder.
1 Peter 5:1-11
1 Peter 4:12-19
...therefore live so as to magnify Christ.
1 Peter 4:7-11
A knotty passage indeed!
1 Peter 3:18-22
1 Peter 3:13-17
1 Peter 3:1-7
1 Peter 2:18-25
1 Peter 2:11-17
An Exhortation to Gospel-Rooted Love
1 Peter 1:22-2:3
1 Peter 1:13-21
A Greeting Packed Full with Theological Truth
1 Peter 1:1-5
Christ fulfills Psalm 8 on our behalf
Hebrews 2:5-18
Jesus: the exact and perfect revelation of God
Hebrews 1:1-14
Romans 7:13-25
The Hour has Come.
John 12:20-26
Light From the Father.
John 12:44-50
The Nature of Unbelief.
John 12:37-43
Sons of Light.
John 12:27-36
Sons of Light.
John 12:27-36
Philippians 3:12-16
Philippians 3:7-11
Philippians 3:17-4:1
2 Timothy 3:10-17
Philippians 1:3-11
Central Idea: Paul declares that he is going to defend himself so that the accusation of inconsisten...
2 Corinthians 10:7-11
Central Idea: Paul declares he would not dare to join the fray of 'ministry comparisons.
2 Corinthians 10:12-18
Central Idea: Paul asks the Corinthians to bear with him as he enters into the foolishness of boasti...
2 Corinthians 11:1-6
Central Idea:   All praise to God for the treasure of blessings we have in Christ, namely: He c...
Ephesians 1:3-14
Central Idea: Paul will not give an inch in this matter of preaching free of charge.
2 Corinthians 11:7-15
Central Idea: Paul, finally ready to meet boasting with boasting, makes an ironical appeal: "You've ...
2 Corinthians 11:16-21
Central Idea: Having unraveled all his opponents' categories of boasting (v.
2 Corinthians 11:30-33
Central Idea: Paul will go on to speak of his visions, however to boast of such things is a worthless exercise in self-promotion.
2 Corinthians 12:1-10
Central Idea: None of this has been for Paul's sake (in self-defense) but for their sake; His fear i...
2 Corinthians 12:19-21
Central Idea: Paul sighs, "Ugh! It's done.
2 Corinthians 12:11-18
Central Idea: Paul addresses a supposed implication of 5:20, ".
Romans 6:1-14
Central Idea: Paul's prayers of thanksgiving for the Colossian believers are in response to Epaphras...
Colossians 1:3-8
Central Idea: Paul relates the substance of his prayers on behalf of the Colossian believers: that t...
Colossians 1:9-14
Central Idea: Paul's prayer for the Colossians overflows into a hymn of praise declaring the glories...
Colossians 1:15-20
Central Idea: Paul calls the Colossians to not allow the intruders to either pass judgment on them o...
Colossians 2:16-23
Central Idea: In contrast to those that would steer them away from Christ, Paul calls the Colossians...
Colossians 3:1-4
Central Idea: The direct inference from setting one's mind on heavenly things is the command, "put to death what is earthly in you.
Colossians 3:5-11
Central Idea: Here is the practical culmination of all that Paul has been driving toward: Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly.
Colossians 3:12-17
Central Idea: Paul details what it looks like to obey v.
Colossians 3:18-4:1
I'm curious to see how others arc v.
Mark 2:18-20
Central Idea: God has graciously and abundantly provided all that we need to live in godliness.
2 Peter 1:3-11
Central Idea: Because growth in Christian maturity is not automatic, Peter will confidently remind h...
2 Peter 1:12-15
Central Idea: Paul exhorts his readers to walk in sacrificial love which stands in sharp contrast to...
Ephesians 5:1-14
This a simplified alternate to my arc "Walk as Children of Light.
Ephesians 5:1-14
Apposition = two words or phrases side by side performing the same grammatical role in a sentence.
Titus 2:11-14
Summary:   In the fear of God, Paul persuades others because he is controlled by the love of Christ.
2 Corinthians 5:11-21
Summary: It is not to angels that God has subjected the world to come; It is subjected to The Man, (...
Hebrews 2:5-9
What 10,000 ways might we live out the truth that Christ has killed the hostility between us?
Ephesians 2:11-22
I found this to be a very difficult passage to arc but, as always, worth the effort of pressing on u...
Ephesians 3:1-13
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Bold Apostleship
2 Corinthians 10:1-6
Destroying Strongholds
Published June 1st, 2012; Updated July 13th, 2018
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2009-01-18 23:26:36
2012-01-14 13:27:37
Central Idea: Paul begs that, at his next visit with the Corinthians, it will not be necessary to boldly confront those who oppose him. He expects he will for, contrary to the accusations, his warfare is not of the flesh but spiritual in nature and aims at obedience to Christ. Explanations/ Questions: 2c, I separated this relative clause, because it is significant in establishing the tension that Paul is expressing in his request, that is, he has plans to be bold - expects to be bold, but must ask that he will not have to; not because he is weak, but because (1) his warfare is not fleshly but spiritual (v.3-6), and (2) he is calling the church to step up to the plate in their responsibility. And so, Paul is laying out two alternatives: either the church will do as they should and Paul will not have to be bold, or when he comes he will have to boldly confront the aggitators himself. Consider the three secondary arcs I have outlined: v.1-2, Paul asks, even begs that he will not have to be as 'hard-nosed' as he expects to be with those who oppose him, accusing him of walking according to the flesh. v.3-4, Paul states that though he walks ' in the flesh', he does not war ' according to the flesh', because his weapons are not of the flesh but have divine power. v.5-6, Paul then describes his active engagement in the 'warfare': destroying arguments and lofty opinions; taking every thought captive; being ready to punish every disobedience. Which is the main clause? If #3, then #2 grounds #1, and #3 follows as a coordinate statement (either series , or more likely progression ) and therefore the main point Paul is driving toward. It is difficult for me to see #3 standing on its own. Though grammatically independent, it is logically dependent upon #2. Therefore, I have arced it as an explanation of the weapons in v.4, making #2 and #3, together, the ground for #1. #1, then, stands as the main point, supported by #'s 2 & 3. Cross-References / Insights: In v.4-5, Paul brings to the front the very nature of what is at stake and why it is that he will not hesitate to confront the 'super-apostles.' Their lofty opinions of themselves were, in fact, "raised against the knowledge of God." By this self-promotion and elevation of human standards of eloquence and higher-spirituality - all in the name of Christ and within a supposed gospel ministry - they had actually turned the gospel itself upside-down. And as Paul did with the Judaizers in Galatia (Gal.1:6-10ff), he will unhesitatingly identify such a 'gospel' as no gospel at all, and worthy of the severest condemnation (11:2-4, 13).
2009-01-18 23:26:36
2012-01-14 13:27:37
2 Corinthians
2 Corinthians 10:1-6
αὐτὸς δὲ ἐγὼ Παῦλος παρακαλῶ ὑμᾶς διὰ τῆς πραΰτητος καὶ ἐπιεικείας τοῦ Χριστοῦ
I, Paul, myself entreat you, by the meekness and gentleness of Christ--
ὃς κατὰ πρόσωπον
I who [when face to face with you]
μὲν ταπεινὸς ἐν ὑμῖν
am humble ,
ἀπὼν δὲ
but [when I am away]
θαρρῶ εἰς ὑμᾶς
bold toward you! --
δέομαι δὲ τὸ (μὴ) παρὼν
I beg of you that when I am present
θαρρῆσαι τῇ πεποιθήσει
I may not have to show boldness with such confidence
ᾗ λογίζομαι τολμῆσαι ἐπί τινας τοὺς λογιζομένους ἡμᾶς ὡς κατὰ σάρκα περιπατοῦντας
as [with which] I count on showing against some who suspect us of walking according to the flesh.
ἐν σαρκὶ γὰρ περιπατοῦντες
For though we walk in the flesh,
οὐ κατὰ σάρκα στρατευόμεθα
we are not waging war according to the flesh.
τὰ γὰρ ὅπλα τῆς στρατείας ἡμῶν οὐ σαρκικὰ
For the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh
ἀλλὰ δυνατὰ τῷ θεῷ πρὸς καθαίρεσιν ὀχυρωμάτων
but have divine power to destroy strongholds.
λογισμοὺς καθαιροῦντες καὶ πᾶν ὕψωμα ἐπαιρόμενον κατὰ τῆς γνώσεως τοῦ θεοῦ
We destroy arguments and every lofty opinion raised against the knowledge of God,
καὶ αἰχμαλωτίζοντε πᾶν νόημα εἰς τὴν ὑπακοὴν τοῦ Χριστοῦ
and take every thought captive to obey [noun: the obedience of] Christ,
καὶ ἐν ἑτοίμῳ ἔχοντες ἐκδικῆσαι πᾶσαν παρακοήν
being ready (NASB: and we are ready ) to punish every disobedience,
ὅταν πληρωθῇ ὑμῶν ἡ ὑπακοή
when your obedience is complete.
Chuck Phelan
"By this self-promotion and elevation of human standards of eloquence and higher-spirituality - all in the name of Christ and within a supposed gospel ministry - they had actually turned the gospel itself upside-down."
An ever present issue and a thorn in the flesh to anyone who represents Christ. Thank you for this insight. I love the use of the phrase "upside down".
Mildred Queenie CS
Brother, I think I agree with the relationship you placed in 3a-4b and 4c-6b which is an Idea-explanation...rather than an inference..but confused still.
Michael Lane
Yes, I did make several adjustments from this arc for the discussion group. I do think a good case can be made for Idea-Explanation.
Mildred Queenie CS
I see, okay brother. Thanks
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