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What does it mean to take every thought captive (2 Corinthians 10:5)?

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“We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.” // ‭‭2 Corinthians‬ ‭10:5‬

In speaking of our spiritual warfare, Paul says that we take every thought captive and subject all thinking to Christ Jesus. Here are the apostle’s words: “We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ” (2 Corinthians 10:5).

The primary point in this section of 2 Corinthians is that we are in a spiritual warfare. What leads up to the statement that we take every thought captive is important. In verse 3 Paul states that though we walk in the flesh we do not war after the flesh. That is, we do not rely on human ingenuity or manmade plans to bring the victory. The flesh is powerless against the wiles of the devil. In verse 4 Paul mentions the “strongholds” or the “fortresses” that are destroyed by God’s power. These strongholds are the philosophies, arguments, and “proud opinions” mentioned in verse 5.

Without question, there are many human thoughts that need to be taken captive. Numerous ungodly philosophies hold people in bondage, and those spiritual “fortresses” need to be demolished. The systems of thought that war against us are “arrogant obstacles” (NET), “lofty opinions” (ESV), and “sophisticated arguments and every exalted and proud thing” (AMP) that prevent people from knowing God. In our day, these systems of human thought include the theory of evolution, secular humanism, existentialism, the cults, the occult, and false religions. How many people are held captive by the idea that they are the products of chance in a godless universe? How many spiritual prisoners labor under the requirements of Allah and await freedom in Christ? We must take captive every thought and make it obedient to Christ. “If the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed” (John 8:36).

False religion and secular philosophy have created thinking that has imprisoned the minds of millions. It is a true spiritual battle: “The god of this age has blinded the minds of unbelievers, so that they cannot see the light of the gospel that displays the glory of Christ, who is the image of God” (2 Corinthians 4:4). Any idea, opinion, or worldview that asserts that Christ is unnecessary is reflective of the devil’s pride. Such thoughts must be taken captive and made obedient to Christ. Those who know the truth must confront error with the weapon we’ve been given, the sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God (Ephesians 6:17).

Our weapons in the spiritual battle are not carnal but mighty through God. As we are transformed by the renewing of our minds (Romans 12:2), we engage the battle against pretense and arrogant philosophy in the world. Trusting Christ and rightly dividing the Word of God (2 Timothy 2:15), we take every thought captive, pull down the strongholds, and, by the grace of God, set the captives free.

Source:What does it mean to take every thought captive (2 Corinthians 10:5)? | GotQuestions.org
 
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How often does a negative thought come into your head and you roll it around, chew on it and even speak it? Jesus said to 'take no thought by saying...
Matthew 6:30-32....When a negative thought comes into your mind, speak Gods Word instead, and let the evil thought die stillborn..
 
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“We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.” // ‭‭2 Corinthians‬ ‭10:5‬
There are many ways to teach the verse.

Here are 2.

1.) the devil wants you, the born again, to stop trusting in Christ alone to get you into heaven, and fall back into the idea of "here is what i have to do"... So, once you are there, you have left real faith, and have fallen victim to what Paul defines as "falling from Grace". Falling from Grace is any type of self faith, or faith in self or faith in "what i have to do now to stay saved".... vs realizing and believing at all times that you are ALREADY Saved, and are already "the righteousness of God in Christ".

2. Taking captive all your thoughts, is to be sober minded and filter what you are thinking about and keep this under control. This takes some discipline...
First...... to begin to notice when something that should not be in your head is running a movie AS your mind, and then, you have to shut it off. Eventually, you notice these SCENES immediately, and that is how you make thought's obedient.
 
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There are many ways to teach the verse.

Here are 2.

1.) the devil wants you, the born again, to stop trusting in Christ alone to get you into heaven, and fall back into the idea of "here is what i have to do"... So, once you are there, you have left real faith, and have fallen victim to what Paul defines as "falling from Grace". Falling from Grace is any type of self faith, or faith in self or faith in "what i have to do now to stay saved".... vs realizing and believing at all times that you are ALREADY Saved, and are already "the righteousness of God in Christ".

2. Taking captive all your thoughts, is to be sober minded and filter what you are thinking about and keep this under control. This takes some discipline...
First...... to begin to notice when something that should not be in your head is running a movie AS your mind, and then, you have to shut it off. Eventually, you notice these SCENES immediately, and that is how you make thought's obedient.
Can you expand on your second point a bit? That is good.
 
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Can you expand on your second point a bit? That is good.
Everything with God, regarding how we interact with Him, is faith based.
The NT says that we please God with our faith, yet most are trying to pls God by behavior.

The reason Christians fail, is because they try to live their Christian life, based on how an unbeliever would try to do it.
An unbeliever , if given money to "try to be a christian", will try to do it based on ...."ok, how would i do this"..."how would i try to behave as my idea of how Christ behaves"......and that mind is the same that most born again function within.
In both cases, same end result, which is : im doing it, im doing it, im trying hard, im working at it..., and that is a fail,..... as Christianity is created by God, and its operated by God, or you exist like this...>"Apart from me, you can do nothing", Jesus said.
Born again Christians, are ONE with God, .......yet most live apart from this.....>"Christ always gives me the Victory".

A believer will read this verse.....>"put on the whole armor of God", and they think this means...>"try harder, pray more, resist sin, strive, endure.".......and all that stuff is self effort.
The verse says you put on God's armor, yet the believer is trying to BE God's armor, not understanding that the verse it talking about "CHRIST always GIVES ME The Victory".

Real discipleship, the kind that succeeds, is actually to stop trying to do it, and begin to live in it, as real faith.

The first step into the power of God, is to stop trying to be good, and to instead realize that you are "made righteous", and have become "the righteousness of God, in Christ", already.

The overcoming life, is not found by self effort, its actually denied by self effort.
The overcoming life is lived correctly as who you have become as a "new creation, in Christ".
Christians fail, because they do not understand or believe that they are become "ONE with God"....."made Righteous".
End that wrong mind, and learn to see yourself as God has birthed you to be as a "new Creation" "In Christ", , and you find that Armor of God and that mind that is this...."walking in the spirit".
 
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KJV 2 Corinthians 10:5 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;

Most people reach a conclusion early in their understanding of scripture. The "Ooo I get it" thinking they understand the Bible message. We tend to use our common sense to interpret its meaning.
Our common sense
is of the flesh.
God said, "your thoughts are not my thoughts; your ways are not my ways"
One has to reach a spiritual nature to be able to discern understanding of the Word of God. This doesn't happen overnight.
One has to understand the Old Testament and the New. and how they bind and reflect on each other.

"Casting down imaginations": set your imgination to one side.

"and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God": when we start to thinking " Oh I got this"; when we use our fleshly common sense and apply it as fact,
there is a possibility you are going against the knowledge of God;


"and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;" capture your thoughts very carfully and alway prove you understanding to be true by finding the answers in God's Word.
 
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Another aspect to this is simply to take control of your thoughts and don't let them run rampant. We must control all facets of our selves and keep the enemy from moving in.
 
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Yes I posted this interview with Neil t Anderson spiritual warfare uncut
He specifically talked about taking thoughts captive
Spiritual warfare is a BIG study of mine I believe the war is for your mind to take your soul and unclean spirits need a physical body like a car needs gas
To manipulate the body the spirit needs to deceive you through the mind and I have read a few Neil t books I recommend the bondage breaker and freedom in Christ
I think you might find it interesting
Shalom
 
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I really like this thread. I used to have a really hard time taking my thoughts captive. I struggled with anxiety and self injury and had a low self esteem. I'd repeat this verse quite often. I still do struggle with my thought life, but am better then before.

Romans 12:1-2 helps quite a bit in taking thoughts captive. Transforming the mind instead of just trying to change the thinking is the real way to take thoughts captive. Transformation is permanent while change is temporary
 
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Reader..

Notice this part of the verse...

"" bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;"""" = This is the context .

But its never explained correctly, so, lets take a quick look ....

Notice..

"to the obedience of Christ"..

See that? This is talking about what Christ has accomplished.......... in other words......what is the Obedience of Christ?

A.) He said......"not my will but yours Father, that i will do."" "No one takes my life but i lay it down, willingly"...

See that?
This is Jesus The Christ being obedient all the way to DEATH on the Cross...............to accomplish what ????

A.) Grace for you. Atonement for you. Mercy for You. REDEMPTION for you....... = through Christ's Obedience.........not yours.

How did Christ accomplish it? = As a GIFT. "the Gift of Salvation" "the Gift of Righteousness'... the Gift of Eternal life.

Through what? = Christ's Blood and Death and Resurrection, that SUPPLIES your SALVATION as a "GIFT".

See that "GIFT"? That Gift is earned for you by Christ's OBEDIENCE.

Now look at the verse. again... and apply all that..

How?

Like this..

When you have thoughts that suggest to you, that you are the author of your salvation or that you have to earn it, keep it....etc....... That its up to you to be accepted by GOD, ......based on your WORKS....

See that? = That is ANTI - GRACE spiritual blindness...... And the verse says, you are to take those thoughts, that are anti-Cross.....anti = "GIFT of Salvation" and put them at the feet of Jesus whose "OBEDIENCE" > is why you are accepted by God.........and for no other reason.

IN other words you are to DENY thoughts that try to cause you to believe that you control your salvation, or that you have to earn it or keep it.

You are to take those anti-Cross, anti-Grace THOUGHTS "captive"........because you understand that its by Christ's OBEDIENCE that you are allowed by this GRACE OF GOD, to be born again, saved, and redeemed.
 
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Reader..

Notice this part of the verse...

"" bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;"""" = This is the context .

But its never explained correctly, so, lets take a quick look ....

Notice..

"to the obedience of Christ"..

See that? This is talking about what Christ has accomplished.......... in other words......what is the Obedience of Christ?

A.) He said......"not my will but yours Father, that i will do."" "No one takes my life but i lay it down, willingly"...

See that?
This is Jesus The Christ being obedient all the way to DEATH on the Cross...............to accomplish what ????

A.) Grace for you. Atonement for you. Mercy for You. REDEMPTION for you....... = through Christ's Obedience.........not yours.

How did Christ accomplish it? = As a GIFT. "the Gift of Salvation" "the Gift of Righteousness'... the Gift of Eternal life.

Through what? = Christ's Blood and Death and Resurrection, that SUPPLIES your SALVATION as a "GIFT".

See that "GIFT"? That Gift is earned for you by Christ's OBEDIENCE.

Now look at the verse. again... and apply all that..

How?

Like this..

When you have thoughts that suggest to you, that you are the author of your salvation or that you have to earn it, keep it....etc....... That its up to you to be accepted by GOD, ......based on your WORKS....

See that? = That is ANTI - GRACE spiritual blindness...... And the verse says, you are to take those thoughts, that are anti-Cross.....anti = "GIFT of Salvation" and put them at the feet of Jesus whose "OBEDIENCE" > is why you are accepted by God.........and for no other reason.

IN other words you are to DENY thoughts that try to cause you to believe that you control your salvation, or that you have to earn it or keep it.

You are to take those anti-Cross, anti-Grace THOUGHTS "captive"........because you understand that its by Christ's OBEDIENCE that you are allowed by this GRACE OF GOD, to be born again, saved, and redeemed.
Very good thoughts, @Bethel . We are saved by grace, not by works. This is one thought that needs to be cast down also by so many. It would transform peoples' lives to know they are saved by grace and not by works. Sanctification is definitely important. Taking every thought captive to the obedience of Christ is definitely important.
 
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“We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.” // ‭‭2 Corinthians‬ ‭10:5‬

In speaking of our spiritual warfare, Paul says that we take every thought captive and subject all thinking to Christ Jesus. Here are the apostle’s words: “We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ” (2 Corinthians 10:5).

The primary point in this section of 2 Corinthians is that we are in a spiritual warfare. What leads up to the statement that we take every thought captive is important. In verse 3 Paul states that though we walk in the flesh we do not war after the flesh. That is, we do not rely on human ingenuity or manmade plans to bring the victory. The flesh is powerless against the wiles of the devil. In verse 4 Paul mentions the “strongholds” or the “fortresses” that are destroyed by God’s power. These strongholds are the philosophies, arguments, and “proud opinions” mentioned in verse 5.

Without question, there are many human thoughts that need to be taken captive. Numerous ungodly philosophies hold people in bondage, and those spiritual “fortresses” need to be demolished. The systems of thought that war against us are “arrogant obstacles” (NET), “lofty opinions” (ESV), and “sophisticated arguments and every exalted and proud thing” (AMP) that prevent people from knowing God. In our day, these systems of human thought include the theory of evolution, secular humanism, existentialism, the cults, the occult, and false religions. How many people are held captive by the idea that they are the products of chance in a godless universe? How many spiritual prisoners labor under the requirements of Allah and await freedom in Christ? We must take captive every thought and make it obedient to Christ. “If the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed” (John 8:36).

False religion and secular philosophy have created thinking that has imprisoned the minds of millions. It is a true spiritual battle: “The god of this age has blinded the minds of unbelievers, so that they cannot see the light of the gospel that displays the glory of Christ, who is the image of God” (2 Corinthians 4:4). Any idea, opinion, or worldview that asserts that Christ is unnecessary is reflective of the devil’s pride. Such thoughts must be taken captive and made obedient to Christ. Those who know the truth must confront error with the weapon we’ve been given, the sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God (Ephesians 6:17).

Our weapons in the spiritual battle are not carnal but mighty through God. As we are transformed by the renewing of our minds (Romans 12:2), we engage the battle against pretense and arrogant philosophy in the world. Trusting Christ and rightly dividing the Word of God (2 Timothy 2:15), we take every thought captive, pull down the strongholds, and, by the grace of God, set the captives free.

Source:What does it mean to take every thought captive (2 Corinthians 10:5)? | GotQuestions.org
I have found about a daily prayer life I don't have the Holy Spirit strength to take bad thoughts captive

Lessons learned?

Pray

Everyday

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Captivate every thought that is contrary to the will of God and cast them down. Captivate every thought that is of God and keep them in the midst of your heart.
 
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