2 Corinthians 11: Pure and Simple
“But I am afraid,
lest as the serpent deceived Eve by his craftiness,
your minds should be led astray
from the simplicity and purity of devotion to Christ …
And no wonder,
for even Satan disguises himself as an angel of light.”
2 Corinthians 11:3,14
The Story:(an adaptation of Genesis 1-3)
“They are beautiful, are they not?” The Son of God presented his Father with his final creation. “The Spirit of life and your goodness—your glory, fills them.”
The Father smiled as he surveyed all the beauty of the newly formed earth overflowing with light and life—overflowing with his fingerprints. A tear glistened in his eyes as his focus stopped with the final product of creation—the man, Adam and the woman, Eve.
“All before them is good, but they make it very good,” he paused, “and you have given them my single requirement to live forever with us—the one thing that proves their simple and pure love.”
The Son gazed at the man and woman. His heart filled with such love for them, he felt it would burst—he knew one day it would be broken.
Day melted into night and night into day. Each evening the Lord God came to Adam and Eve in the lush garden he had provided for them. Did he unfold the mysteries of heaven before time began? Did their eyes grow wide with the wonder of it all? Did they laugh with the Lord God? Whatever they shared, it was good, pure and simple, until—
the serpent deceived Eve by his craftiness …
The couple strolled through the laughing field of daisies toward the fruitful orchard. As they approached a field of lush green grass waving to them in the gentle breeze, Adam stopped to caress the soft wild mane of a lion lying in wait for his touch. Eve walked on until she stopped to admire the two special trees in the garden. The one tree forbidden to her and Adam, the tree of knowledge of good and evil—she knew good. She glanced at the tree of life. She hadn’t yet tasted its fruit but why should she need to? She had life and it was good. She turned toward the forbidden tree and tilted her head to the side. It’s beautiful. I wonder what makes it so different? I wonder how it tastes? Eve stretched her hand toward the fruit.
“I see you have noticed how beautiful this tree is.”
Eve pulled her hand away, back to her side. The creature stood underneath the limbs laden with fruit. His skin glistened in shimmering shades of yellows, reds, and blues of the bow in the sky. She couldn’t take her eyes off him. He smiled and turned his face toward the fruit. “Such a shame God has said you cannot eat the fruit of the garden trees.”
Eve glanced at the fruit and back to the creature. “Oh, no. That is not what God said. He said, we could eat of the garden trees’ fruit—all but this one.” She pointed to the tree shaking her head, her eyes not looking away from the serpent dressed so beautifully. “This one we cannot eat from or touch it.” She hesitated. “Or we will die.” I’m not sure what die is? God told us it meant to be separated from him. But he loves us. He would not send us away from him.
The serpent shouted the woman back into his presence. “You will not die!” He leaned into her face. “But your eyes will be open with knowledge of both good and evil. You will be like God!”
Adam had heard the conversation as he approached his wife, and saw her eat of the forbidden fruit. A look he didn’t understand filled her eyes as she thrust the fruit toward him. He ate it from her hand, as the serpent turned and walked away with a smirk on his face. Eve glanced at the retreating figure. She blinked. Why did I think he was beautiful?
Innocence died as sin was born into the couple. The image of God in them became distorted. Life died that day and they were cast out of the garden and God’s presence. Somewhere in the distance a lion roared.
“Be of sober spirit,
be on the alert.
Your adversary, the devil,
prowls about like a roaring lion,
seeking someone to devour.”
1 Peter 5:8
He comes to us disguised as an angel of light—dressed in his gospel of lies trimmed in a twisted cord of truth. His wardrobe is colored in shades of love hiding a marred heart of hate for all that’s godly. He preaches faith but encourages disobedience. He has always been a lying, murdering thief with one goal—destroy the godly. And he will use and destroy anyone who gives him an ear.
But don’t lose heart. We have the Lion of the tribe of Judah as our Savior and—
“You are from God, little children,
and have overcome them;
because greater is He who is in you
than he who is in the world …
For whatever is born of God overcomes the world;
and this is the victory that has overcome the world—
our faith …
To him who overcomes,
I will grant to eat of the tree of life,
which is in the Paradise of God.”
1 John 4:4; 1 John 5:4; Revelation 2:7, NASB
For Thought: What tree are you eating from?
Our Prayer: Heavenly Father, sin and death reigns in our heart until Jesus sits on the throne of our heart. His death and life is our victory. He is our strength. Help us walk in the simple pure gospel of Christ with a heart devoted to him above all else.