“For the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh but have divine power to destroy strongholds. We destroy arguments and every lofty opinion raised against the knowledge of God, and take every thought captive to obey Christ,”

// 2 Corinthians 10:4-5

Paul claims that we can “take every thought captive” so that our obedience toward Christ will flourish. The question is, what is the relationship between the warfare that wages daily in our minds and the nature of worship?

‘Arguments’ are persuasive conclusions that one holds; ‘lofty opinions’ are crafted notions, masquerading arrogantly as ‘truth’. A favorite trick of the enemy is to offer up his persuasive opinions about ourselves, others, our situations, or the Lord, making his lies appear as truth. These verses in Corinthians show us that the enemy’s view is just his opinion, which is in stark opposition to such opinion to Christ’s view, and must be taken captive, so as not to hamper our obedience to the Truth Himself, Jesus.

See, who Jesus is in any given situation, or how He sees and perceives a person, whether ourselves or others, isthe truth. In John 4, Jesus said that the Father is looking for worshippers who worship in spirit and truth. Worshipping the Lord opens up our eyes to the truth — His truth — which in fact is His own, personal perception of how He sees and what He knows.

What He knows about us, what He knows about others, and the potential for transformation that He sees in any given situation — it’s this very knowledge of God, this personal knowledge that Jesus Himself possesses, that makes transformation in our lives possible. We worship Him because He is worthy, and in the process of worshipping, we see the truths that the Truth Himself sees. By His true perception we can “destroy arguments and lofty opinions” by “taking captive every thought” through our worship of the Truth Himself.

// Samuel Nicolosi