Today I got into looking at the word ‘obedience’ in II Corinthians 2:5 and 6:
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 6 And having in a readiness to revenge all disobedience, when your obedience is fulfilled. II Corinthians 10:5-6
First of all, it is important to look at these verses in light of the context. This particular section is about the criticisms that had been leveled at Paul. He was reminding them about judging the way things look rather than looking at things spiritually.
In light of this, the word ‘obedience’ is translated from the Greek word ‘hupakoe’ which is from two words ‘hypo’ (beneath) and ‘akouo’ (to hear); literally it means ‘to hear attentively’. The word ‘disobedience’ is ‘parakoe’ (imperfect hearing). All this is referring to our thought reasonings(imaginations= logismous- logic). Remember Romans 10:17:?
7 So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.
Listening attentively to the word brings faith. Read Matthew 21:21-22!
Truth is truth, regardless of comparing ourselves to each other, boasting and moving in areas that are not our assignment (vs. 12-16). Our job is to listen attentively to Christ, through the word and utilization of the spirit.
The other day I happened to catch a short clip of a television minister and what he happened to be talking about was something I had been working in the word. It was great and I knew it was from God for me to hear what he was saying. If I was to just physically assess this preacher (he looked more like a biker than a world-renown preacher) I would have missed a rich nugget. Even if I don’t totally understand some of his scriptural points of view, I got something out of this one point because of my own studying of the word and the spirit of God working in my heart.
Later on in Corinthians, Paul says:
3 But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtilty, so your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity (singleness) that is in Christ. II Corinthians 11:5-6
The whole message of Christ is messianic. God provided a way to himself through Jesus Christ. He provided the gift of holy spirit to connect us all together without losing our unique and individual relationship with him. It is amazingly simple! As we ask God for answers, we get them if we listen attentively. (Reread II Corinthians 10-11 about his topic)