Are You Bringing Every Thought into Captivity?
“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;”
2 Corinthians 10:5 (KJV)
In this very familiar passage of Scripture, the Apostle Paul is instructing the Corinthian Church to keep their thought life pure. Many Christians know all too well that sinful thoughts eventually become sinful deeds. In order to instruct the Corinthians on how to keep their thought lives pure, he gives them a three-fold set of directions on how to accomplish this goal.
First, we must cast down imaginations. The word imagination, in the Greek, means a computation, a reasoning, or a reckoning of thought. Basically, Paul is referring to anything and everything that crosses our mind over the course of the day.
Second, we must cast down every “high thing.” The Greek for this phrase most nearly means an elevated place or thing, a barrier, or a height. Basically, Paul is referring to anything that blocks or stands against God, Jesus Christ, or God’s Word. That is why the Bible says, “…and against every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God…”
Third, we must bring every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ. The Greek for the word captivity means to lead captive, just like a prisoner of war would be led captive into a prison cell. If we are to bring into captivity every thought into the obedience of Christ, that means we need to imprison every thought (cast it down), and examine it to see if it aligns with God’s Word. If not, we need to cast it down (eradicate it out of our mind) and pray that it does not enter into our mind again.
By executing each of these three Biblical steps, we can have a pure thought life and can worship and serve God more effectively.
Will you pray for God to help all of us as Christians to cast down everything and anything that attempts to exalt itself against Christ and His Gospel. May we bring every thought into captivity, and examine it to see if it lines up with God’s Word, that our thought life may be pure before God.