Taking Every Thought Into Captivity To the Obedience of Christ
II Corinthians 10: 3 For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh:"4 (For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;)"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;
Today's lesson should challenge any Christian of any maturity. It is about uprooting any thing that is in opposition to Christ.
II. Letting something else take the place of the Lord is the essence of sin.
A. Hosea 1: 2-8; 2: 1-23; 3: 1-5. This is the story of a God that took Israel as his people as a husband would take a wife, yet the wife was unfaithful. After she (the unfaithful wife) has wasted herself with many men, Hosea buys her back at a slave auction.
B. So we have been bought back. In fact, we were bought at a high price. Hebrews 10: 26-31.
C. Can we forget that we have been bought?
1. When we became Christians, we were cleansed of all our sins. Acts 2: 38. We heed the call to "come ye out from among them, and be thou separate, and touch not the unclean thing" II Cor. 6: 17.
2. For awhile, when Christians slip back into sin, there is some resident protection and continual forgiveness. I John 1: 6-2:5. But after awhile, after the confessing of sin and the requests for forgiveness have ceased to be made, the Christian begins to have sin imputed to him.
3. Other wise why all the admonitions in the Bible to remain faithful? to be sober and watchful? to "be thou faithful until death"? and why the resounding comdemnations of the false teachers in II Peter 2?
4. The character of this rebellion is summed up in II Thess. 2: 1- 12 . Anything that is exalted to the place of God in man's heart is an idol and is an insult to God.
5. It is little different from the first and second commandment of Exodus 20: 3-6:
3 Thou shalt have no other gods before me.
4 Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth:
5 Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I the LORD thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me;
6 And showing mercy unto thousands of them that love me, and keep my commandments.
III. What, then, are some of the idols that Christians might erect as an affront to God?
A. Riches. Matthew 19: 16-22. Do we go become exceedingly sorrowful because our possessions have become too important to us?
B. "Eyes full of adultery." II Peter 2: 14. Having an interest in sex that culminates with the marriage partner is not wrong; in fact, for those who do marry, it is a required duty and priviledge (I Corinthians 7: 2-5). But that interest should not extend to those with whom we are not married (Matthew 5: 27-32).
Consider what the following sexual sins have in common-- their active ingredient:
Absence of the marriage relationship between the people doing it.
C. Spending all of your time on wordly things.
1. There are many things that are not bad in and of themselves. It's when we start doing them on God's time that they become wrong. "Thou shalt have no other gods before me."
D. Not developing /using your talents for the Lord. Luke 19:11-27.
Are you bringing every thought captive to Christ?
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