We had a great time hanging out during IGNITE Summit October, 2017 edition in Port Harcourt with a great teacher of the word – Sekoutoure Abodunrin. If you were not there not a problem, you are covered, just ask for the tapes and yeah, they can be downloaded here: IGNITE Summit PHC with S. Sekou Abodunrin (just click)
Enjoy the below piece, its an extract from the meeting
Christ – The Simplicity of God
- S. Sekou Abodunrin
“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.” – 2 Corinthians 11: 3
Paul warned the saints concerning the danger of falling for the lies of the father of lies.
The serpent has a singular agenda: to corrupt men’s mind from the simplicity which is in Christ.
The simplicity which is in Christ is not simple.
The word translated simplicity must not remain enigmatic to the saint. Thankfully, it is used elsewhere.
…he that giveth, let him do it with simplicity; (see Romans 12: 8)
** giving is to be done with simplicity. Thus Paul shows that the word might have something to do with giving or the manner of giving.
the abundance of their joy and their deep poverty abounded unto the riches of their liberality.(see 2 Corinthians 8: 2)
** That word translated liberality is the exact word translated simplicity. Thus, once again, we see that in Paul’s usage, the word translated “simplicity” might have something to do with giving, especially the manner of giving.
Being enriched in every thing to all bountifulness, which causeth through us thanksgiving to God.(see 2 Corinthians 9: 11)
** That word translated bountifulness is the same word translated simplicity. Here is another evidence that in Paul’s usage, the word translated “simplicity” has something to do with giving, especially the manner of giving.
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;(see 2 Corinthians 9: 13)
** The word that is translated liberal is the same word translated simplicity. Paul’s usage of the word translated “simplicity” has something to do with giving, especially the manner of giving.
So, “The simplicity which is in Christ” is the bountiful, liberal manner of Jesus by which He gives and continues to give WITHOUT mixing that giving with anything else.
(Thus far, the word translated “simplicity” is haplotes in all the scriptures above)
James uses the adverb form of the word translated “simplicity” (the word haplos)
Here is where he used it:
5. If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.(see James 1: 5)
** The word translated liberally is the adverb form of the word translated “simplicity”. Again, even the adverb form shows that it has to do with giving (or the manner of giving).
According to James, God is not only a giver, He is a liberal giver.
What kind of liberal giver is He?
He is the liberal giver that “upbraideth not”
That means that God’s liberality causes Him to give without finding fault.
God won’t find fault.
I know that religion needs God to find fault but the truth is that there is no bone of fault-finding in Him
With God, there are no strings attached.
So, “The simplicity which is in Christ” is the bountiful, liberal manner of Jesus by which He gives and continues to give WITHOUT mixing fault finding with it. He gives lavishly apart from our faults.
The serpent’s singular agenda is to corrupt men’s mind from the revelation of Christ as the revelation of God’s simplicity. The fact is that God has given bountifully, liberally WITHOUT mixing fault finding with it. He gives lavishly apart from our faults.
Christ is truly the simplicity of God
I acknowledge the simplicity that is IN CHRIST
Thank you Lord Jesus.
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