Searchfortreasure's Blog

…a Bible student's notes…

Beware of the beguileling of your mind!

 Biblically, being single-minded is a good thing.

(2Cor 11:3) 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.

See that word, “simplicity?” Here is the way it is also translated:

(Eph 6:5) Servants, be obedient to them that are your masters according to the flesh, with fear and trembling, in singleness of your heart, as unto Christ;

(Col 3:22) Servants, obey in all things your masters according to the flesh; not with eyeservice, as menpleasers; but in singleness of heart, fearing God:

Here are the rest of the references. There are some surprises:

(Rom 12:8) Or he that exhorteth, on exhortation: he that giveth, let him do it with simplicity; he that ruleth, with diligence; he that sheweth mercy, with cheerfulness.

(2Cor 1:12) For our rejoicing is this, the testimony of our conscience, that in simplicity and godly sincerity, not with fleshly wisdom, but by the grace of God, we have had our conversation in the world, and more abundantly to you-ward.

(2Cor 8:2) How that in a great trial of affliction the abundance of their joy and their deep poverty abounded unto the riches of their liberality.

(2Cor 9:11) Being enriched in every thing to all bountifulness, which causeth through us thanksgiving to God.

(2Cor 9:13) Whiles by the experiment of this ministration they glorify God for your professed subjection unto the gospel of Christ, and for your liberal distribution unto them, and unto all men;

Now, go back and reread each verse using “liberal” or “liberality” – then again, using “bountifulness” – and yet again, using “single” and “simplicity.”

Can you see the correlation among the words? What can you learn from this simple exercise of word study?

We can know one thing—that satan was subtle in his appeal to Eve for her to abandon the simple and single commandment from her maker to eat of the tree of life and not eat of the tree of knowledge of good and evil. Isn’t it interesting that our works – yea, all we think or do 6,000 years later – will be judged on whether they were good or evil at the judgment seat of Christ! It is our commandment to know the difference, for life in the age to come (or not) will be at stake.

It is to our advantage to be single minded. It is our minds where corruption begins:

2Co 11:2 for I am zealous for you with zeal of God, for I did betroth you to one husband, a pure virgin, to present to Christ, 3 and I fear, lest, as the serpent did beguile Eve in his subtilty, so your minds may be corrupted from the simplicity that is in the Christ;

 

 

Advertisements

September 8, 2011 Posted by | 2 Cor. 11:3 | , , | Leave a comment

   

%d bloggers like this: