In 1 Corinthians we see that Paul writes to the Corinthian believers who were fleshly and even fleshy that they would aspire to grow in life and be governed, dominated, led, moved, controlled, and guided by their mingled spirit. In 2 Corinthians we see the apostle’s speaking concerning their ministry and he used five metaphors to describe and illustrate what they were, how they were constituted, and how they were behaving asministers as the new covenant. These five metaphors are: captives of Christ (2 Cor. 2:14), incense bearers (2:14-16), letters of Christ (3:1-3), mirrors beholding and reflecting (3:18), and earthen vessels with a priceless treasure (4:7).
being the captives of Christ
We as believers in Christ and as ministers of the new covenant are captives of Christ – He took captive those taken captive by Satan and now we are His captives (2 Cor. 2:14)! Here this verbe means leading men as captives in a triumphal procession (Conybeare). Christ is a victorious General: He defeated Satan, and He took his captive to be Christ’s! Continue reading via,