Now I Paul, myself beseech you, by the mildness and modesty of Christ: who in presence indeed am lowly among you, but being absent am bold toward you.
But I beseech you, that I may not be bold when I am present with that confidence wherewith I am thought to be bold, against some who reckon us as if we walked according to the flesh.
For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh.
For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty to God, unto the pulling down of fortifications, destroying counsels,
And every height that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God: and bringing into captivity every understanding unto the obedience of Christ:
And having in readiness to revenge all disobedience, when your obedience shall be fulfilled.
See the things that are according to outward appearance. If any man trust to himself, that he is Christ’s let him think this again with himself, that as he is Christ’s, so are we also.
For if also I should boast somewhat more of our power, which the Lord hath given us unto edification and not for your destruction, I should not be ashamed.
But that I may not be thought as it were to terrify you by epistles,