Psa. 11:5 π 2 Cor. 10:3 π 2 Cor. 10:3-6 π 2 Cor. 10:4; 2nd π 2 Cor. 10:5; 2nd π 2 Cor. 10:6
“Casting down imaginations and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ.” ( 2 Cor. 10:5; top )
There is no truthful way one can take this one verse apart from the verses around it, mainly verses 3 , 4 and 6 (top) .
We have been led to believe, in Charismatic circles today, that we can cast down most everything in our society; however, if you’ll check the condition of our society and its problems, they are increasing at an alarming rate in spite of the claim of our ability to cast down spiritual wickedness.
Paul is saying in these verses ( 2 Cor. 10:3-6; top ) that he does not walk nor war after the flesh; which is to say he doesn’t operate in the flesh nor claim anything outside of the Spirit of God. We cannot say that, as our relationship with Jesus is not in the same category as Paul’s was, yet he was always interceding that Christ would be totally formed in us. Even so, we haven’t arrived yet. The proof that we operate almost entirely in the flesh are the existing unholy conditions in our neighborhoods, towns and churches, where obvious evil situations continue to increase. Our weapons are carnal and void of power.
How did Paul gain this relationship with Jesus so he could boldly cast numerous evil situations down?
In verse 5 (top) , he explains how: he cast down every one of his fleshly exalted thoughts, which were against God’s purpose, and brought them into total captivity to Jesus. He brought every one of his thoughts to the complete obedience of Christ. He also was ready to check and punish himself if he disobeyed the Spirit of God. Do we know such obedience and surrender? Until we do, the princes of the powers of the air around our town, schools, bars and churches will laugh at our ignorance of spiritual battles, and continue to bind more captives – and we were meant to set the captives free like Jesus did. But we aren’t willing to pay the price.
God be merciful!
Our weapons of warfare can be mighty to the pulling down of strongholds…how? “Through God.” (verse 4 ), not via the flesh. Moreover, the flesh was meant to die. Not until we have had many dealings of God ( “The Lord tries the righteous” – Psa. 11:5; top ), can we detect and separate the flesh from the spirit, and the holy from the profane.
When the flesh has died, then Satan’s landing field is destroyed, and “through God” we can cast down and set the captives free.
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