What Does It Mean to Take Thoughts Captive?

This is the final topic of our six week study series on What Does It Mean and today we will study 2 Corinthians 10:5 to learn what it means to take thoughts captive.

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

Let’s review this chapter for context. This section is concerning spiritual warfare and verses 3 and 4 are important as it leads to our text for today. For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh: (For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;)


As in other studies I have published, I like to use the King James Version, so if you have your own favourite version, please use it to read along with us.


Paul reminds us that we do not rely on ourselves to win the victory but rather we rely on the spiritual weapons that every believer has at his disposal. The strong holds that need to be demolished are arguments, carnal reasoning, high thoughts, or proud conceits, vain philosophies and opinions that exalt itself against Almighty God.

As we look around us today we hear of all kinds of ungodly philosophies that deceive people and hold them in bondage such as New Age thinking, mysticism, all kinds of cults and occult and false religions. There are those who believe that they are gods themselves and by their thoughts, they can be like God.

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All these thoughts need to be taken captive unto the obedience of Christ. Millions of people are held captive by their false belief systems not knowing that they need to be set free to experience life in Christ. John 8:36 states If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed.

People all over the world are in a spiritual battle and they don’t even know it. It is every believer’s responsibility to pray for them as they cannot pray for themselves. Our text verse is not implying that we take our own thoughts captive, as the context is not about ourselves but about others.

In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them. 2 Cor 4:4

Any thought, opinion or view that undermines the supremacy of God is part of satan’s plan to exalt himself. Paul states that these thoughts must be taken captive to the obedience of Christ. Believers have a job to do in the spirit realm as we must do battle with the weapons we’ve been given in Ephesians 6:10-18, specifically, the Word of God.

It is every believers responsibility to pray for those who are held captive through vain philosophies and false teaching that exalts itself against God.

Paul stated in verse 4 that our weapons are mighty through God to the pulling down of strongholds. Sisters, we must trust God and with His word, take every thought captive that has people everywhere in bondage and in spiritual battle, set free those who are held in chains.

As for ourselves, if we are thinking that we can apply this verse to ourselves, we need to remember that this verse is not about us. We need to stay in context with Scripture and apply it accordingly. If we have thoughts that are not pleasing to God, we need to remember Psalm 19:14 and let our words and thoughts be acceptable in His sight.

As always, I welcome your thoughts and views concerning this study. Would you agree or disagree with this viewpoint? Please leave a comment, I would love to hear from you!

 

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6 thoughts on “What Does It Mean to Take Thoughts Captive?

  1. I too have never thought about this in a global sense. Always took it personally.
    Thanks for the insight!
    God bless you!

    1. Hi, Cindy! Yes, I used to take this verse personally as well until the Lord showed me that in context, it isn’t speaking of my personal thoughts. I have another blog about 5 Thoughts for the Christian which will guide you for what we ought to think.
      Thanks for stopping by! Have a blessed day.

  2. This is an interesting perspective on this particular scripture. I never thought of it like that. I am not sure just yet if I agree or disagree but I will need to study it closely myself. Thanks for putting yourself out there and sharing what you gleaned. Keep studying and growing! Blessings to you!

    1. Yes, I know what you mean as I thought it could be applied to myself but as I studied it in context, I found out otherwise. Would you get back to me after you’ve studied this?

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