“But we have renounced the hidden things of shame, not walking in craftiness nor handling the word of God deceitfully, but by manifestation of the truth commending ourselves to every man’s conscience in the sight of God. whose minds the god of this age has blinded, who do not believe, lest the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine on them. For we do not preach ourselves, but Christ Jesus the Lord, and ourselves your bondservants for Jesus’ sake. For it is the God who commanded light to shine out of darkness, who has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.”
II Corinthians 4:2, 4-6 NKJV
One does not have to dig through a lot spiritual mumble jumble to get to the simple truth of the Gospel. It is clear as crystal, and fully accessible. It is as simple as God coming as a man and dying for the sins of the world, that those who believe for forgiveness, receiving salvation and newness of life. It is a message that even the most feeble, like me, can understand and embrace.
The god of this age, the devil of old, has blinded people so that they cannot see, and he has placed his deceiving messengers to further cloud the presentation of the Good News. He does not want those who are lost to see the glory of Jesus Christ.
I read II Corinthians chapter 4 this morning. This chapter seems to be coming up quite a bit lately, as I study. It is if God is reminding me to “keep it simple, stupid.”
The church sat Corinth had gotten so corrupted by bad teachers and misunderstood doctrine, that they did not believe that Paul was a true teacher. He did not come to them with crafty twisting of the Scripture, or hidden meanings and knowledge. He came only with the simplicity of the message of the Gospel.
“For I delivered to you first of all that which I also received: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, and that He was buried, and that He rose again the third day according to the Scriptures, and that He was seen by Cephas, then by the twelve. After that He was seen by over five hundred brethren at once, of whom the greater part remain to the present, but some have fallen asleep. After that He was seen by James, then by all the apostles. Then last of all He was seen by me also, as by one born out of due time.”
I Corinthians 15:3-8 NKJV
We are living in a time when the evil one has captured churches and teachers, and has made the simple faith one of deep complexity, as it seeks to be relevant in an increasingly debased world. The standards have been lowered, and the basics have been ignored.
Many have put aside the sharing of the Gospel, in pursuit of social Justice, conservative political ambitions, and as a result more and more people are dying and going to hell. The commission given us by Jesus has been neglected, and the power of God to save and transform has become mired in the mud of human desire.
Like Paul, it is time for those who call upon the name of the Lord to stand fast, and make the main thing the main thing: We are sinners in need of a Savior.
We have a simple message carried by simple people, flawed by sin, but saved by grace. God has called the simple to take this message of redemption out into the world. He has entrusted those who He has saved, many of us leaky vessels, to proclaim it to the lost. One does not need to be a theologian, but only one saved and redeemed.
We each have story to tell.
“But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellence of the power may be of God and not of us.”
II Corinthians 4:7 NKJV
Brothers and sisters, tell someone today of your story of redemption, of how a loving Savior died for your sins, that you be forgiven and made new. Tell of what God has done, how you have changed, and how He can do the same for others.
You might encounter those who may desire to dispute who this Jesus is, seeking to remain in their blindness. I would rather be as the blind man healed in John 9, when confronted by the religious authorities:
“He answered and said, “Whether He is a sinner or not I do not know. One thing I know: that though I was blind, now I see.””
John 9:25 NKJV
Pray that the message be crystal clear for those who may hear, that their hearts be open to the Good News.
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