This is a subsidiary post of Contrasting Two Kinds.
Subsidiary post: Vocabulary of Spiritual Warfare
Related post: Friends and Enemies
With the coming of Israel’s Messiah all of its warfare according to the flesh was ended. Under the new covenant, the battles would be spiritual in nature. This is why we see the Old Testament filled with fighting between Israel and its enemies, and in the New Testament we see Israel’s blood being spilled without taking its own revenge. This was the way of Messiah, who had died on the cross rather than take up physical arms.
Therefore, we see the New Testament employing the martial language of the Old Testament, but entirely for spiritual purposes. See Vocabulary of Spiritual Warfare.
2 Corinthians 10:3, 4