Gene Cunningham - April 8, 2000

Simplicity in Christ #2

2018 AYC Ladies Classes

2Co 11:3—The devil is "crafty"; he is working every angle. Adam and Eve had the ultimate in simplicity, but what we have today is much better. Simplicity means devotion, "if your eye is single." This leads to purity. Hapote in the Greek translated, "simplicity," means "purity, devotion, or single-mindedness." Col 3:22; Eph 6:5; Mat 6:22; 2Co 1:12-13; and Luk 11:34, all point to "godly sincerity" as our need for focus on Him. There's a freeness to give in simplicity. Grace is that way—open-handed, extravagant (Rom 12:8; Jam 1:5). Simplicity is a lifestyle (2Co 1:12-13). Life applies God's grace. There are no hidden motives with Paul. When truth is the guide and grace is the motivation, you have simplicity. Without that you are enslaved (Gal 5:1-9).

Scripture References: Colossians 3:22, Galatians 5:1-9, James 1:5, Romans 12:8, Luke 11:34, Matthew 6:22, Ephesians 6:5

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