2 Corinthians 11:2-4
2 For I feel a divine jealousy for you, since I betrothed you to one husband, to present you as a pure virgin to Christ.
3 But I am afraid that as the serpent deceived Eve by his cunning, your thoughts will be led astray from a sincere and pure devotion to Christ.
4 For if someone comes and proclaims another Jesus than the one we proclaimed, or if you receive a different spirit from the one you received, or if you accept a different gospel from the one you accepted, you put up with it readily enough.
You know it has been a few years now since it “clicked” that the New Testament didn’t arise out of a vacuum.
The New Testament is the flower that grew out of the Old Testament, and as such, is supported by the law and the prophets.
With this “revelation” I have finally took time to notice when the New Testament authors use the Old Testament writings.
Such is the case in 2 Corinthians 11:2-4, where Paul the apostle uses an Old Testament passage about Adam and Eve to warn the believers of the dangers inherent in listening to a false teacher.
What does this have to do with Security?
First off, lets consider the goal of Paul’s warning. He is seeking to strengthen the believers thoughts of sincerity about the Christ. Could Paul have been worried (fearful) of the slippery slope of these believers falling away from the Master?
Singleness of mind towards the Lord is the topic here, and the context supports this. Within the very verses we are looking at, Paul introduces other spirit’s, other gospels, other Jesus’s and other teachers.
These teachers were introducing alternatives to the people of God, alternatives that competed with the truth. We must remember that security is based on truth, not on how we feel about something or what we want the truth to be. True security is independent of our feelings. But our feelings and fears sometimes desire to be placated, which makes us susceptible to those who are willing give us teaching simply to make us feel better.
This is exactly what happened in the Garden with Eve, which makes Paul’s reference to the deception so applicable. The alternatives that were being introduced to the Corinthians were such that they could not exist in harmony with the truth.
So where does a believer find security?
The people of God had to make decisions between two different types of messages, and the text is stating that they were “open-minded” enough to allow these teachers to guide them.
Accepting alternatives to the truth, as believers, was of great concern to Paul. Why did he use the Garden of Eden as a picture of what was going on?
Could he have implied the same results? You see – accepting the alternative message condemned Eve. Although she continued to exist, her security vanished the moment she sinned.
For those who seek to defend the “Once Saved Always Saved” teaching, it may have been better if Paul used a different Old Testament example!
Security can only be found in a Person, and the faithfulness of that Person creates the security. Will we listen to Him above all others, and in the process, find the security we so desperately want?
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Thought provoking: How is it that Jesus can command we love?
Love by definition is not command-able since it is freely given.
I preached Pentecost as the harvest of forgiveness (See Jn 20:23)
The entire corpus of the gifts of the Holy Spirit are ordered to developing forgiveness.
The order of Jesus to love is in effect the command to use the gifts thusly…
The peace and gifts I give you are for forgiving others.
Our security comes in the struggle to follow Jesus as we develop the love he commands via the pathway of forgiveness.
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Well put brother
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