"THE SIMPLICITY THAT IS IN CHRIST"

The Apostle Paul freely admitted in his second letter to the Christians at Corinth that he was jealous over them "with godly jealousy," fearing, as he said (11:3), "lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtilty, so [their] minds should be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ." He knew that other preachers would come to them with different doctrine than that which he had taught them, and he pleaded with them not to be mesmerized into turning away from the potent but simple truths which Jesus had taught and practiced. Perhaps he recalled the warning of the writer of Proverbs (1:32), "The turning away of the simple shall slay them."

The great apostle knew that to the extent that mortals lose sight of the simplicity of God's provision for His children, they are likely to run into complications which will prove their undoing. His conversations with them were always "in simplicity and godly sincerity" (II Cor. 1:12), and he promised them that if they would be "wise unto that which is good, and simple concerning evil," God would shortly "bruise Satan" under their feet (Rom. 16:19, 20).

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