I ask that when I am present I need
not be bold with the confidence with which I intend to be courageous against some, who regard us as if we walked according to the flesh.
For though we walk in the flesh, we do not wage battle according to the flesh,
for the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh, but divinely powerful for the destruction of fortresses.
destroying arguments and all arrogance raised against the knowledge of God, and we are
taking every thought captive to the obedience of Christ,
and we are ready to punish all disobedience, whenever your obedience is complete.
You are looking at things as they are outwardly. If anyone is confident in himself that he is Christ’s, have him consider this again within himself, that just as he is Christ’s, so too are we.
For if I boast somewhat more about our authority, which the Lord gave for building you up and not for destroying you, I will not be put to shame,
for I do not want to seem as if I would terrify you by my letters.
For they say, 'His letters are weighty and strong, but his personal presence is unimpressive and his speech contemptible.'
Have such a person consider this, that what we are in word by letters when absent, such persons we are
also in deed when present.