“But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtilty, so your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ.”
(2 Cor. 11:3 KJV)
My learning experience as a postgraduate student in England was very different from my experiences studying in my home country. The simplicity in the style of teaching in England and of course, most schools in the West – makes learning an interesting experience. Even a dull brain can become a shining star with focused diligence. I remember with nostalgia, how I mastered the quantitative subjects even without having previous numerate background.
The sophistry of simplicity remains unbeatable in every aspect of life. Leonardo da Vinci said, “ Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.” I couldn’t agree more.
Human beings like rituals and shrouding things in mysteries. We tend to make things complicated and complex. When a thing is simple or simplified for us, characteristic of man, little or no value is usually attached to it. And the devil leverages on that nature of man to deceive man to make light of simple things that make for sophistication and perfection.
From our golden text, this situation made Apostle Paul to raise an alarm expressing his fear over the corruption of the mind through the deceit of the devil – to despise or relegate the simplicity in the gospel of Christ.
The gospel is a very simple gospel – yet most profound. Some people have allowed their unbelieving and deceived minds despise its simplicity, thereby becoming simpletons. The greatest tools of the devil are religion and tradition. Many cannot understand why salvation is free. They believe they have to earn it by their works or sacrifices. Many are still under the bondage of the law. They are yet to embrace the free gift of grace.
The contents of Scriptures are not to be mystified. They’re to be practiced in their simplicities.
For example, as simple as thanksgiving is, yet it’s not easily practiced. But as burdensome as worry, anxiety, complaint and murmuring are, they are easily magnified. Because the untransformed mind doesn’t believe in the power of simple thanksgiving to provide the needed answers.
Also, some find it difficult to believe or even imagine it – that by simply eating the flesh and blood of Jesus – represented by a piece of bread and a little cup of juice can destroy disease, restore wholeness and give longevity. After all, the elements are not manufactured after years of meticulous research by scientists in a laboratory filled with cutting-edge technology, borrowing the words of Pastor Joseph Prince.
Have you not heard or read? “… For he chose what is regarded as insignificant in order to supersede what is regarded as prominent.” (1 Cor. 1:28 TPT)
Mary, the mother of Jesus, preached the most simple message ever, “Whatsoever he saith unto you, do it.” (John 2:5 KJV) The simplicity of obedience of faith is the sophistication of the supernatural. It’s your simple faith in the finished work of Christ that empowers you for the miraculous.
Friends, the simple message of salvation is for you to believe in your heart that God raised Christ from the dead and confess with your mouth The Lord Jesus Christ. It’s that simple! Take that simple step now and enjoy the most ample blessings of the gospel.
It’s over to you!
To the simplicity in Christ,