The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, knowledge, and understanding; knowledge of the Holy One is insight. In Christ is hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge, so we honor Christ the Lord as holy in our hearts, always being prepared to give a reason for our hope in him. Yet we do so with gentleness and reverence. Therefore, knowing this fear of the Lord, we persuade others. Part of our task of persuasion is to destroy arguments and every lofty opinion raised against the knowledge of God as we seek to take every thought captive to obey Christ.
We contend for the faith, we wage war for the faith. But we do not wage war as the world does, for the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh but have divine power to destroy strong holds. Our armor is not physical but spiritual. Our sword isn’t of bronze or steal, rather, we use the sword of The Spirt- which is the Word of God. With our roots firmly planted by the river of truth, we see to it that no one takes us captive by philosophy and empty deceit, according to human tradition- according to the elemental spirits of the world- and not according to Christ.
With the Apostle Paul we ask, “where is the one who is wise? Where is the philosopher? Where is the scribe or historian? Where is the debater and skeptic of this age?” Hasn’t God made the world’s wisdom foolish? Of course He has, so we have no need to be frightened by anything in our opponents. We know that it’s the fool who has said in his heart that “there is no God”. Though they’ve claimed to be wise, they demonstrate their own foolishness. With that in mind, we don’t assume the fool’s framework, we don’t uncritically answer him according to his folly lest we become like him ourselves. We who’ve built our houses on the Rock, stand firm in the faith and answer the fool according to his folly and assumptions so he’s no longer able to be wise in his own eyes.
Of course, it’s not as though we’ve all obtained these things fully, but we who follow the Apostle Paul in the defense and confirmation of the gospel, press on to make it our own because Christ has made us his own.