2 Corinthians 10:5 (ESV) -- We destroy arguments and every lofty opinion raised against the knowledge of God, and take every thought captive to obey Christ
Every day we are bombarded with messages and arguments about what is true in the world. Something we say a lot within our leadership circle at my church is that “everyone is being catechized by someone at all times.” The heart behind that statement is that we are constantly sifting through ideas and arguments that are seeking to form us. They seek to shape our thinking, our loves, and our behavior.
Our passage today shows Paul addressing this with the church in Corinth. It is a huge help for us today as well. He writes, “We destroy arguments and every lofty opinion raised against the knowledge of God, and take every thought captive to obey Christ…”
Who is the “we” in this passage? Believers. The church. We “destroy arguments and every lofty opinion raised against the knowledge of God.” What are these arguments and lofty opinions? These are any worldviews, beliefs, truth claims, or ethical claims made by people that run contrary to what God says. These are raised against the knowledge of God, meaning, they are raised against what God has revealed to us through His Word.
Notice though what the role of believers is against these arguments and lofty opinions. We destroy them. How do believers do this? They defend the truth. They show the absurdities and falsehoods of the lofty opinions and arguments. But we also defend ourselves against these falsehoods by “taking every thought captive.” This means we examine what we hear and ensure it aligns with what God has said. We put all truth claims through the test of whether they align with Christ.
Do you do this in your life? This is one of the constant disciplines the Christian must engage in today. We destroy arguments for the glory of God and the good of the world.
Reflection & Journal:
- What are some examples of arguments and lofty opinions raised against the knowledge of God?
- How do Christians engage in destroying these arguments?
- Why is it important that Christians engage in these types of issues?
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