Celebrando Un Banquete En La Presencia De Tu Enemigo | World Challenge

“Preparas mesa delante de mí en presencia de mis enemigos: Unges mi cabeza con aceite; mi copa está rebosando” (Salmo 23:5). De todas las maravillosas promesas que Dios nos ha dado en el Salmo 23, ésta es una de las más gloriosas. Él nos está prometiendo preparar una mesa para nosotros, abundante y maravillosa comida en ella y celebrarnos un banquete. Y Él hace todo esto en
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“Toda la Escritura es inspirada por Dios y es útil para enseñarnos lo que es verdad y para hacernos ver lo que está mal en nuestra vida. Nos corrige cuando estamos equivocados y nos enseña a hacer lo correcto. Dios la usa para preparar y capacitar a su pueblo para que haga toda buena obra -…
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Exceptional Christian

Henryk_Siemiradzki_Christ_and_Samaritan_woman_500About a month ago, I started a journey to find my life’s purpose, or at least I’ve begun documenting it. I’ve learned some things and have shared those with you through this series of posts.  But I wasn’t sure I’d made any progress.

Yesterday, I’ve discovered something very important. Looking back, I almost had it figured out on my first day in my journey. It’s not about me, it’s all about Jesus.

But let me take this one step further, and this is what I came to realize yesterday. It’s my purpose, it fact I think it is all of our purposes, to share the love of Christ with others. To share the hope we have in Christ, with those we meet. Our purpose is to believe and share the gift of salvation that Jesus freely gives.

How did I get here?

Yesterday at our Saturday night service (as…

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Not of This World… The High Priestly Prayer.

1When Jesus had spoken these words, he lifted up his eyes to heaven, and said, “Father, the hour has come; glorify your Son that the Son may glorify you, 2since you have given him authority over all flesh, to give eternal life to all whom you have given him. 3And this is eternal life, that they know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent. 4I glorified you on earth, having accomplished the work that you gave me to do. 5And now, Father, glorify me in your own presence with the glory that I had with you before the world existed.
6“I have manifested your name to the people whom you gave me out of the world. Yours they were, and you gave them to me, and they have kept your word. 7Now they know that everything that you have given me is from you. 8For I have given them the words that you gave me, and they have received them and have come to know in truth that I came from you; and they have believed that you sent me. 9I am praying for them. I am not praying for the world but for those whom you have given me, for they are yours. 10All mine are yours, and yours are mine, and I am glorified in them. 11And I am no longer in the world, but they are in the world, and I am coming to you. Holy Father, keep them in your name, which you have given me, that they may be one, even as we are one. 12While I was with them, I kept them in your name, which you have given me. I have guarded them, and not one of them has been lost except the son of destruction, that the Scripture might be fulfilled. 13But now I am coming to you, and these things I speak in the world, that they may have my joy fulfilled in themselves. 14I have given them your word, and the world has hated them because they are not of the world, just as I am not of the world. 15I do not ask that you take them out of the world, but that you keep them from the evil one. 16They are not of the world, just as I am not of the world. 17Sanctify them in the truth; your word is truth. 18As you sent me into the world, so I have sent them into the world. 19And for their sake I consecrate myself, that they also may be sanctified in truth.
20“I do not ask for these only, but also for those who will believe in me through their word, 21that they may all be one, just as you, Father, are in me, and I in you, that they also may be in us, so that the world may believe that you have sent me. 22The glory that you have given me I have given to them, that they may be one even as we are one, 23I in them and you in me, that they may become perfectly one, so that the world may know that you sent me and loved them even as you loved me. 24Father, I desire that they also, whom you have given me, may be with me where I am, to see my glory that you have given me because you loved me before the foundation of the world. 25O righteous Father, even though the world does not know you, I know you, and these know that you have sent me. 26I made known to them your name, and I will continue to make it known, that the love with which you have loved me may be in them, and I in them.”… 

Source: https://www.bible.com/bible/59/JHN.17.ESV


How Do I Take My Thoughts Captive?

“Sarah writes in to ask: “Pastor John, what does it mean to ‘take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ?’ (2 Corinthians 10:5). How can I take this command and apply it to my incorrect or sinful thoughts, that I may obey Christ and have joy in Him?”

Taking Thoughts Captive

“Well, here is the text. Let’s read it and then we will see if we can figure this out.

“Paul is demolishing their worldview and then taking their defeated thoughts captive for Christ so that they become right thinkers.”


Second Corinthians 10:4–5 says, “For the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh” — That is, they are not merely human. This is not a mere battle between one philosopher with some human wisdom against another philosopher with a human wisdom — “But [the weapons of our warfare] have divine power to destroy strongholds” — And then he defines this powerful stronghold-destroying activity in two steps.

Verse 5: “[First,] we destroy arguments and every lofty or proud opinion raised against the knowledge of God and [second,] we then take every thought captive.” It’s like when you move in a battle and you destroy the fortress and then you take captives. We take every thought captive to obey Christ.

So Sarah asks how she can approach verse 5, taking every thought captive, and apply it to herself to be more obedient to Christ in her thought life.

Who’s Who

The first thing I think that needs to be said is, when we apply this to ourselves, we have to make sure we are in the right place in the text. When Paul says first he is destroying arguments and arrogant opinions against God, and second, that he is taking thoughts or minds captive, we need to realize it is the minds and thoughts of others. He is not talking about taking his own thoughts captive. It is the thoughts of others.

In other words, it’s as is if Paul is saying, “I am visiting these rascals in Corinth who are so boastful in their philosophical prowess that I am going to demolish them not by counter philosophy, but my divine power. I am going to show power and they are going to collapse in their thinking. And then I am going to take their thoughts captive so that they now obey Christ.”

So, Paul is the warrior, and the enemies are those people whose minds and arguments are proud and lifted up against God. And when Paul defeats those minds and arguments in the power of the Holy Spirit, their thoughts and their minds are taken captive, and they become people with the mind of Christ or obedient to Christ.

Right State of Mind

So I think Sarah might be misreading just slightly. I am going to come around and say she is on the right track, but she might be misreading the verse when she asks, “How can I take this command and apply it to my incorrect sinful thoughts?”

“If anything is out of sync with the Bible’s teaching, we should let it be destroyed.”

It is not a command. It is a statement about what Paul is doing to his opponents. He is demolishing their worldview and then taking their defeated thoughts captive for Christ so that they become right thinkers — obedient in the way they think about Christ.

How to Take Thoughts Captive

So verse 5 is not a command to do this work ourselves, but Sarah’s question is still a very good question. There is a way to apply this to ourselves. We just have to get ourselves in the right place, and the place we belong in is the group whose opinions and thoughts Paul is trying to demolish. That is where we belong. We destroy arguments and every lofty opinion raised against the knowledge of God, and we take every thought captive.

So when John Piper reads that, or when Sarah reads it, I should say or she should say, “Ok, Paul. Here I am. Do your demolishing work on me. Do your captive-taking work on me. Destroy in my mind any false or proud thoughts that I have about God.”

Which really means two things, I think, that Sarah and I and anybody else, any Christian, should do.

1. Submit Your Thoughts to Scrutiny

One, we should listen to Paul and submit all our thoughts and ideas and feelings about God and about life to Paul’s teaching (as God’s apostle) for scrutiny. And if anything is out of sync with Paul’s teaching, we should let it be destroyed.

“Mere intellect will not dismantle the deeply rooted errors of my mind.”

I have experienced this very painfully. If you put your mind and thoughts really at the disposal of the apostolic teaching and say, “Anything in my thinking that needs to be destroyed, destroy it.” That can utterly undo you.

There have been seasons in my life where I have wept over the dismantling of what felt like really important structures in my brain. So I think that is the first thing we do. We listen to Paul.

We submit everything we think — all of our ideas, all of our worldview, all of our viewpoints to God — and we say, “Paul, let your Word dismantle me if necessary.”

2. Ask the Holy Spirit to Work

And here is the second thing that it means. We should ask the Holy Spirit to work, because Paul said we don’t fight with mere human fleshly arguments. Our ministry has power. So we should expose ourselves to that power.

Paul says, “The weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh, but have divine power” (2 Corinthians 10:4). In other words, he is tearing down arguments and God-belittling ideas, but he is not doing it merely by argument.

So when I come to the Bible, there is a lot of study I do. I love to study, and I love to assess arguments and figure them out. But I should also be crying out, “Oh, God. I know that mere intellect will not dismantle the deeply rooted errors of my mind so I avail myself. I open myself, to the Holy Spirit, and I seek your face.”

Paul said in Romans 15:18, “For I will not venture to speak of anything except what Christ has accomplished through me to bring the Gentiles to obedience.” Now I think that is the same obedience as in 2 Corinthians 10:4–5 when he brings our thoughts into obedience to Christ.

In Romans, he says, “I won’t speak of anything except what Christ has accomplished.” So that is what I am getting at when I say, expose yourself. Lay yourself open to the risen Christ by the power of the Holy Spirit through the words of the apostle Paul so that everything can be dismantled and then your brain, your mind, and your thoughts can be taken captive and everything brought into conformity to Christ.”