2 Corinthians 11:3 – 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.
There is a simplicity to the Gospel. The devil does not want us to believe this so, through subtilty, he tries to get us to doubt the gospel. Subtilty is what the devil used to pull Eve away from a perfect life in the Garden. It is the same trick he uses today to try and get Christians to leave the simplicity of the gospel. People don’t want to believe it is so simple to be saved. “It can’t be that easy,” they say. “You mean all I have to do is believe on the Lord Jesus Christ I can be saved?” The devil, because of pride, wants you to add something to gospel. It is a corrupt mind that turns us from Christ. Paul wanted to present the church as a chaste virgin to Christ. Yet again, we do not want to believe something so simple. We look at the church today and all we see is problems and corruption. “How could the church be something pure?”
But we are looking at the outside. We are not looking at the inside. Man looks on the outward. We judge on the outward, but God sees the heart. The soul is what is regenerated, not the flesh. That is the simplicity in Christ. The souls of God’s saints make up God’s church. That church is a chaste virgin that will be presented to Christ at the rapture. This wicked flesh will never enter heaven. That is the simplicity of the gospel. Just like the devil, man tries to add or take away from the simple gospel. It is pride. We want to earn our way to heaven because we do not want to depend totally and completely on God. There are those who will depend on God to get to heaven, but will not trust God with this short life on earth. There is a simplicity of the gospel and we just have to believe it with a child like faith.