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SIMPLICITY

January 30, 2017

Monday

 

2 Corinthians 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.

 

 

LESSON

 

In 2 Corinthians, Paul was addressing a situation in which his own “children” in the faith doubted his sincerity and motives. He, too, had doubts about their commitment to Jesus Christ and to himself as the Lord’s apostle. At the same time, Paul also voiced some strong convictions in this epistle, and sought to move his doubting readers to a condition of greater faith.

He first claimed, generally, that his actions did not arise from the motives that drive unbelievers, namely: self-serving ambition. This motivation seems “wise” to the carnal mind, but Paul’s motives resulted from God’s “grace” at work in his life. He viewed all of life from the perspective of God’s grace, seeking not to advance self, but rather the cause of Christ. He could say what he did unashamedly, and with the “testimony” of a clear “conscience.”

 

Paul’s motives had also been in “holiness” and “godly sincerity”. Some feel there is better support to translate this: “simplicity in the sense of single mindedness.” What Paul means here to say is, that the virtues which distinguished his deportment in Corinth were not merely forms of his own excellence, but forms of the divine life; modes in which the Spirit of God which dwelt in him manifested itself.” “We might well add a new beatitude to the list, ‘Blessed is

the man who has nothing to hide.

 

Memory Verse: Matthew 6:21

 

“Life is really simple, but we insist on making it complicated.”

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