2 Corinthians 10:3-5
3 For although we live in the flesh, we do not wage war according to the flesh, 4 since the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh, but are powerful through God for the demolition of strongholds. We demolish arguments 5 and every proud thing that is raised up against the knowledge of God, and we take every thought captive to obey Christ. — 2 Corinthians 10:3-5
Every Thought Captive
by Nick Eno
Have you ever thought about what it would be like to be to be held captive? I’m sure many of you have watched movies about this or seen it on the news. Being held captive would be a very traumatic experience. A captive is extremely vulnerable and needs help from the outside.
In these verses, as Paul defends his ministry to the Corinthians, we find hope and encouragement for the battle we find ourselves in. In Paul’s day there were many false teachers. There were those who added to the person and work of Jesus and those who took away from it. Not only that, but there were many different philosophies and opinions about God, the origin and meaning of life, and the most virtuous way to live. Today we are up against many of these same philosophies.
I find three takeaways in this passage that can help prevent us from walking in the flesh, while at the same time showing us how to live victoriously in the battle. In a day and age when we can have almost anything we want delivered to our doorstep, we can travel around the world, and we can tell anyone what we think at the click of a button, we need guidance more than ever.
First, we must to rely on God’s resources. Paul informs us that the weapons of our warfare have divine power. The divine power of the gospel is what broke the chains of sin we were once bound by, and in the same way, recalling what God has done for us through His Son will help sustain us in this battle.
Second, we are told to destroy arguments and lofty opinions that come against the knowledge of God. One very common “lofty opinion” about God that spans the world is that He will accept us if we are good enough. In other words, we have the ability to earn our salvation. This flies in the face of everything Jesus did for us, and it tears apart the very plans and purposes of God. There are many ideas and opinions about who God is and what He is like, but we must always test them against what God has made plain to us in His Word.
Finally, if we are to take these arguments and thoughts captive to obey Christ, we will have to seek the Holy Spirit’s guidance. He will lead us and guide us in the truth, and He will sustain us to be faithful and tactful in showing other people a higher way—the way of Christ. Over time, our weapons will begin to destroy the strongholds, and people will see their need for a Savior.
God has chosen us as His instruments for bringing people to Himself, pointing people to His Son. “We are ambassadors for Christ, God making his appeal through us” (2 Corinthians 5:20).
- There are times when our thoughts are not aligned with God’s. I encourage you to memorize Psalm 139:23-24 and take some time to reflect on this today.
- Are there certain arguments against the Christian faith that you do not feel equipped to engage? I challenge you to reach out for help and/or make time to study the topic this week.
- Second Peter 1:3-8 lists several characteristics of the person who is walking in godliness. Which of these are you walking in well?
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