The weapons we fight with1 are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power2 to demolish strongholds.35
We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God,4 and we take captive every thought to make it obedient5 to Christ.
And we will be ready to punish every act of disobedience, once your obedience is complete.67
You are looking only on the surface of things.a7 If anyone is confident that he belongs to Christ,8 he should consider again that we belong to Christ just as much as he.98
For even if I boast somewhat freely about the authority the Lord gave us10 for building you up rather than pulling you down,11 I will not be ashamed of it.
I do not want to seem to be trying to frighten you with my letters.
For some say, "His letters are weighty and forceful, but in person he is unimpressive12 and his speaking amounts to nothing."13