Wrestling Thoughts to the Ground

Paul, writing to the Corinthians, says this:

“We destroy arguments and every lofty opinion raised against the knowledge of God, and take every thought captive to obey Christ.” 2 Cor 10:5

In that brief statement, Paul teaches us how the Christian handles knowledge.

First, we recognize that there are arguments and opinions that are opposed to God. The Greek word behind the English “destroy” means to tear down, signifying the tearing down of a wall. By giving themselves to the study of God’s word Christians begin to discern and challenge thinking that opposes the ways of Christ.

Second, Christians take every thought as captives for Jesus. The imagery here is of prisoners of war. Christians take every thought about everything and strive to honor Christ with it. This doesn’t just mean that Christians think Christians things in church or when speaking about spiritual topics. Instead, it means that we give every thought as a sacrifice to Jesus.

Our intellects are battlegrounds, filled with enemy soldiers and battlements. But Christ is a mighty conqueror. Through his Word and Spirit, he empowers his people to, as Johannes Kepler said, “think his thoughts after him.”


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