Contentment in Christ
Category : General
2 Corinthians 11: 3 (KJV)
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 that is in Christ.
It is said that advertisement has one major goal—to make us discontented, woefully dissatisfied with what we have and who we are. Why? So that we will be driven to acquire what they offer no matter the cost.
This was the message of the false teachers. Paul had just compared the church to a virgin, soon to be presented as a bride to the Redeemer. The mention of this seems to have suggested to him the fact that the first woman was deceived and led astray by the tempter, and that the same thing might occur in regard to the church which he was so desirous should be preserved pure. The grounds of his fear were: (1)That Satan had seduced the first woman, thus demonstrating that the most holy ones were in danger of being led astray by temptation; (2)That special efforts were made to seduce them from the faith.
Paul’s fear was the persuasive arts of the false teachers; the power of philosophy; and the attractive and corrupting influences if not careful would draw them from simple and single-hearted devoutness to Him; from pure and unmixed attachment to Him. The fear was that their affections would be fixed on other objects, and that the singleness and unity of their devoutness to Him would be destroyed. It was also from his pure doctrines. By the admixture of philosophy; by the opinions of the world there was the danger that their minds should be turned away from their hold on the simple truths which Christ had taught.
Moreover, from that simplicity of mind and heart; that childlike candor and docility; that freedom from all guile, dishonesty, and deception which so eminently characterized the Redeemer. Christ had a single aim; was free from all guile; was purely honest; never made use of any improper arts; never resorted to false appearances; and never deceived. His followers should in like manner be artless and guileless.
Many of our strongest moral propensities remain undiscovered until the force of outward circumstances brings them into action. Moses knew nothing of his impatience; Hazael of his cruelty; Hezekiah of his pride; yet from their youth each one of these had been nourishing the seeds of these evil propensities in their hearts. “Search me, O God! and know my heart,” etc. “The heart is deceitful above all things. Let us not forget that the chief danger of life lies in this moral illusion. It is often hard to persuade us that there is any such danger of deception. Under all deception is self-deception–a secret willingness to be deceived because we have pleasure in unrighteousness and purpose to follow it.
Have a great and godly day!