During the Thanksgiving season, we see many people experimenting with frying a whole turkey, which oftentimes proves disastrous. I decided to try my hand at fried turkey, but on a much smaller scale: just the leg. From this, I called this meal “Simply Savory” because it is a simple offering, but filled with much flavor. As I put it together, I thought about how the gospel of Christ is a simple message, but it offers such a great reward. However, individuals in their attempt to find personal prominence in the Church will complicate the message and its principles to gain their own disciples. In his letter to the Corinthian church, Paul wrote these words,
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)
Individuals in Paul’s day were perverting and complicating the message of Christ to make others submit to them and their supposed authority. Paul reminded them of how Eve was beguiled and that if one complicates the message of Christ, it is a form of deception. We find that many false teachers and apostles are present in today’s churches looking for personal disciples. Yet, we must expose and them for who they are, just as the Ephesian church did as commended by Christ in John’s Revelation. In addition, we must continue to hold to the simplicity of Christ; that is, we receive Him and enter into eternal life.
Our hope is assured and our salvation is secure because of Christ’s work alone. Though He gives us ministries and leaders for our encouragement and edification, they are not to become substitutes for a personal relationship with Christ. On today, remember the power of the gospel of God revealed in Christ.