- Bring thoughts against God’s will under captivity and cling to words that are approved by God.
- Prerequisite of virtue: we need a fertile mind/heart, receptive and open to God’s word.
- Prerequisite of knowledge: God approves of things that are true, honourable, just, pure, lovely, commendable, excellent, and worthy of praise.
- Heart >> intents >> thoughts >> action. Evil intents/desires lead to evil thoughts and evil deeds, never to good deeds.
- Have intelligent care for the future in management and in judgement.
2. Binding Commandments
Paul provides tips on how we can distinguish ourselves from those who walk with the flesh, that we should walk with meekness and gentleness
- Bring under captivity thoughts that go against the knowledge of God
Important to demonstrate our obedience to Christ.
- God allows us to think/meditate on what is true, honourable, just, pure, lovely, commendable, excellent, worthy of praise.
- Cling to good thoughts.
- It is important to have a fertile mind/heart, receptive and open to God’s word.
- Thoughts have intents,
- Intents come from the heart,
- Intents can be good or evil.
- Intents shape our thoughts.
Jesus is confronted by the scribes and Pharisees saying that they disrespect the traditions of the elders. Jesus replies that what is important is the commandments of God, not man.
- Out of the heart comes thoughts and actions,
- These things have the potential to defile us.
- Thoughts and desires brood and take seed in our minds
- Evil thoughts when fully grown will lead to sin,
- Sin leads to death.
1) It is impossible for good thoughts/hearts to bring forth evil, or evil thoughts/hearts to bring forth good.
4. Non-binding Commandments
Justice, judgement, and equity were aspects of law and order during messianic times. Solomon prefaces that by saying it is sakal (wisdom), or the way we think, that is first required before we can gain righteous judgement and peace. See more in my commentary of prov 1:3.
- Sakal, a type of thinking, is needed to achieve righteousness and peace.