Simplicity of the Gospel

But I fear, lest somehow, as the serpent deceived Eve by his craftiness, so your minds may be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ. (2 Cor 11:3 NKJV)

When I was new resident of the Midwest, it was evident that the jargon of this part of the world takes some doing to learn. When taking my car in for service, the attendant asked me to "pull up a tad". Now, I have pulled up carrots, and I have pulled up onions, and I have even pulled up a chair, but I had not a clue what a tad was, let alone how to pull one up. When I got to work, I asked one of the ladies what a tad is, and she said, "It's just a smidgen." Before long they had me looking for snipe!

Then there was the lady who was telling me about her "passel of children." Out came the Webster's Unabridged, and I learned that a passel is just a large number of something, which of course is more than smidgen and larger than a tad.

Every group of insiders has its passel of insider's jargon. Computer folks speak of bits and bytes and RAM. Baseball people talk of lookers, benders, and brush backs, flies and fouls, horsehide and southpaws. To the uninitiated, familiarity with a different vernacular can be a barrier to communication. Christians can fall into that trap when speaking with non-Christian friends. If we speak of "sanctification" or "justification" to those who have no background in Christian thought, could they have any clue what we are talking about? When we speak of "sanctification", do we not mean that God's people are "set apart for a special purpose"? Then why not say so?

When we speak of "justification", do we not mean "made right with God"? Then let us say so.

Or how about "redemption", when reduced to its roots means "to buy back"?

In its essence, Christianity is a simple faith, so simple a child can understand: Mankind was given a choice, to choose godliness or choose evil. People have chosen evil rather than good, but God loves us so much that he wants to make us his heirs, so he has a plan to make us right with him. He sent his Son to buy us back from the slavery of our sins. God has raised him from the dead, even as he will raise us, and he will return again, at which time we will reign with him over all things.

In Hebrews 2 we are given the aim of God's plan for the human race:

For He has not put the world to come, of which we speak, in subjection to angels. But one testified in a certain place, saying:

"What is man that You are mindful of him,
Or the son of man that You take care of him?
You have made him a little lower than the angels;
You have crowned him with glory and honor,
And set him over the works of Your hands.
You have put all things in subjection under his feet."

The writer of Hebrews goes on to say:

For in that He put all in subjection under him, He left nothing that is not put under him. But now we do not yet see all things put under him. (Hebrews 2:5-9 NKJV)

There is more than a smidgen to do to make this world right, and God wants to set apart a passel of children to share it with. He is willing to sacrifice a tad more than you or I would in order to buy us back from our own ways. So pull up a chair, take the Book in hand, and learn more about it.

Lenny Cacchio

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