And we will be ready to punish every act of disobedience, once your obedience is complete.
Thoughts for Today:Previously, Paul had warned the Corinthians to not underestimate him, regardless of his physical appearance, which might seem weak and unassuming. They should remember that he had the full authority of an apostle of God, and therefore his ability to punish acts of disobedience were not natural -- they involved the supernatural weaponry of God -- and he would not give up pursuing them, until their obedience was complete.
There is a not so subtle point Paul makes in our passage today that shows us how to deal with the nagging sin in our own lives. What is it? We might need to say to ourselves, "I don't care how long it takes -- how many times I have to repent, pray, and confess, or how often I have to attend church, Bible studies, retreats and seminars -- I will keep working on this until Christ has completed His work in me. I won't quit until it is complete."
Some unbelievers are confused by us. They think there is a time in a Christian's life -- perhaps after twenty, thirty or forty years of walking with the Lord -- when there is nothing more to learn, no more errant sinful thoughts to squash out, no longer any point to keep on going to church. But we know better. It is the wise woman or man who understands that sin is always waiting for a lack of vigilance on our part. (1 Peter 5:8: "Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.")
Questions to Ponder:Is there ever a time when we can relax a little? Does it happen in this life? It is important that we truly understand and accept our mortal condition. All of us, no matter how long we have faithfully served Christ, are susceptible to a fall. We must always remain vigilant. So what should we do? The writer of Hebrews tells us (Hebrews 10:24-25): "And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.")