5 We destroy arguments and every lofty opinion raised against the knowledge of God, and take every thought captive to obey Christ
False wisdom and sophisticated arguments were used by the
servants of Satan in their attacks on Paul as he shows here that he was able to
destroy every argument. Paul knew his opponents in Corinth were servants of Satan,
but he held no fear for the power of the Holy Spirit is greater. Earlier in the
text Paul stresses the difference between earthly wisdom and the cross, warning
the Corinthians to not be swayed by the delusional world. Be careful where you
gather your wisdom, or where you hear the word of God preached. We must be able
to discern from the false gospel and make a stance against them being preached.
We must take captive every thought, every motive, desire and decision and
ensure they belong to Christ.