SPECIAL TOPIC: SCHEMES (in Paul)
This is the Greek word noēma. It is used by Paul five times in 2 Corinthians and only one other time in Phil. 4:7. It is from the root nous, which means "mind" or "thoughts." Paul develops this in two ways.
A. evil or destructive thinking
1. schemes of Satan, 2 Cor. 2:11
2. minds hardened and veiled in unbelief, 2 Cor. 3:14
3. minds blinded by Satan (the god of this world), 2 Cor. 4:4
4. minds deceived by Satan (like Eve) and led astray, 2 Cor. 11:3
B. godly thinking
1. taking every thought captive to the obedience of Christ, 2 Cor. 10:5
2. the peace of God which passes all comprehension (i.e., nous) will guard your hearts and your minds (i.e., noemata)
Human thinking and language skills are part of the image of God (see Special Topic: Human Speech). These wonderful gifts can be used for good or evil. Believers must guard their thoughts and words. Our mind can be tricked, blinded, and manipulated by Satan (see Special Topic: Satan and Special Topic: Spiritual Warfare). They can also be wonderfully energized by God to His glory and for His Kingdom. We are stewards of our thoughts, plans, and motives!
Copyright © 2014 Bible Lessons International