II Corinthians 10: 4-6
“For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds; Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ; And having in a readiness to revenge all disobedience, when your obedience is fulfilled.”
One of the most important passages in the Bible is (II Corinthians 10:5) – Mans’ rebellion is basically in thought. The phrase “high things” in verse 5 means “tall building” in the original text. From God’s view point human reasoning is like a sky scraper, blocking out the knowledge of God. The mental inclination to reason must be met with spiritual weapons, namely, the power of God. Our mental habit of reasoning is something that we inherited from the tree of good & evil. Satan employs all sorts of reasons to enslave us. In Genesis chapter 3 Satan reasoned with Eve. It therefore follows that if we really desire to obey God we must know how the authority of God destroys the stronghold of reason.
The Greek word ‘noema’ is used 6 times in the New Testament passages (II Corinthians 2:11, 3:14, 4:4, 10:5, 11:3), which means “thought” or “thoughts” – “the device of the mind”-
Whether or not a child of God has met authority may be readily discerned by observing:-
- Whether he has any rebellious words
- Whether he reasons before God
- Whether he still offers many opinions
Formerly I have many arguments to support my many thoughts but now I have no more arguments for I have been captured. a captive has no freedom. a slave is to accept and not to offer suggestions….. we are captured by Christ……….. Praise God!
The Servant of God ‘Paul’ was clever, capable, wise and a rational person –
He neither returned to Tarsus nor went back to Jerusalem – He abandoned his task in Damascus – He had also cast away all his reason for it.
Many when they encounter difficulty change their directions, trying first this way and then that – no matter what they do they are still going according to their own ways and ideas. But it was not so with Paul the apostle. Once he was smitten, he lost everything ‘what shall I do, Lord?’ he asked. I am a prisoner of the Lord – Not I but Christ that liveth in me.
King Saul was rejected of God not because of stealing but because of sparing the best of the sheep and the oxen to sacrifice to the Lord. This was something which came from his own opinion – his own thoughts of how to please God. His rejections was due to his thoughts being not in alignment with God’s word. He made his decision according to his own thought (I Samuel 15:9, II Samuel 1:2-8).
All who serve God must refrain from making decisions on the basis of their own thoughts. ‘Let your will be done’. Because King Saul refused to destroy all of the Amalekites with their sheep and cattle as God had commanded, he was to be slain by an Amalekite.
God does not look at how fervently we preach the Gospel or how willingly we suffer for him. He looks to see how obedient we are to him. God’s kingdom begins when there is an absolute obedience to God. In the Mosaic Law – Ark must be borne by the Levites, but the Philistines sent the ark back to Israel by putting it on an ox – cart. David, in transporting the ark to his city, failed to consult God. Instead he ordered according to his own thought that it should be brought up by ox-cart. The oxen stumbled and the ark began to fall – when Uzzah went to touch it he fell dead.
At an earlier time when the ark was borne by the Levites through the river Jordan it was safe and secure in spite of the overflow of the river. The contrast shows that God wants us to obey him, not to suggest our thoughts to him. II Corinthians 10:6 – Perfect obedience is possible only after all our thoughts are recaptured. All who incline to offer counsel to God are not fully obedient.
-Dr J.Joshua Selvakumar