Here are 7 Bible verses that speak about simplicity.
Second Corinthians 11:3 “But I am afraid that, as the serpent deceived Eve by his craftiness, your minds will be led astray from the simplicity and purity of devotion to Christ.”
Sometimes we make the gospel so complicated that even adults can’t understand it but it is really so simple that a child can know it. The gospel has been described as so deep that a theologian could drown in it yet shallow enough that a child could wade through it. There is nothing that complicated about the gospel of Jesus Christ. It is not so much a plan of salvation as it is the Man of Salvation.
Proverbs 14:15 “The simple believes everything, but the prudent gives thought to his steps.”
It is one thing to see the simplicity of Christ and the cross but it is yet another thing to simply believe everything you hear. That is the same thing as being gullible. This happens with so-called theologians or self-proclaimed scholars debunk the veracity of the Bible. Only the simple will believe in human opinion and take that as truth over what God’s Word says like “the law of the Lord is perfect” (Psalm 19:7). The prudent gives thought to a matter and to the steps that he or she will take and doesn’t believe everything they read or hear but the simple leaps before looking and tragedy is sure to follow.
Second Corinthians 1:12 “For our boast is this, the testimony of our conscience, that we behaved in the world with simplicity and godly sincerity, not by earthly wisdom but by the grace of God, and supremely so toward you.”
I cannot brag or boast of anything but my Jesus Who saved me even though I was unworthy. It is by His work at Calvary that I am seen as having the same righteousness as Christ (2 Cor 5:21). How simple that is. I bring only my sins and at the cross I fall and thankfully it is not by wisdom that I was saved but by the simplicity of the cross of Christ.
Proverbs 1:22 “How long, O simple ones, will you love being simple? How long will scoffers delight in their scoffing and fools hate knowledge?”
Keeping things simple is good in regards to biblical knowledge but here Solomon warns those who love being simple but the Hebrew word for “simple” is “pĕthiy” and means “simple-minded” or “naivete” or “foolish” and to reject the salvation that is offered is the most foolish thing that anyone could ever do.
First Corinthians 1:22-23 “For Jews demand signs and Greeks seek wisdom but we preach Christ crucified a stumbling block to Jews and folly to Gentiles.”
The Greeks were all about seeking wisdom but “the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God” (1 Cor 1:18) and “since in the wisdom of God the world through its wisdom did not know him, God was pleased through the foolishness of what was preached to save those who believe” (1 Cor 1:21). This shows how the wise of the world miss the message of the cross. They see it as foolishness but it is foolishness to those who are perishing because they have rejected the only way to placate the wrath of God (John 3:36b).
Psalm 119:130 “The unfolding of your words gives light; it imparts understanding to the simple.”
If you read the Bible the Bible gives you light and the more light you obey, the more light that is given. The simplicity that is found in the Bible imparts understanding, even to the simple. The gospel is simple and the simple is marvelous or to say it this way; the message of Christ is marvelously simple and simply marvelous.
First Corinthians 2:2 “For I decided to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ and him crucified.”
If I know anything at all, it is that Jesus Christ was crucified for me. I see no need to split theological hairs over non-essentials but this I do know; there is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved” (Acts 4:12). It cannot be any simpler than that.
I am glad that the main things are the plain things in the Bible and they are so simple that a young child can understand them but for some reason many adults reject it. The only mystery to me is in trying to understand why people don’t believe God. I prefer to believe what God says in His Word the Bible and not what man thinks or says. There is simplicity in the cross of Christ but there is foolishness in rejecting the only way that we can be saved and that is Jesus Christ and Him crucified for our sins.
Article by Jack Wellman
Jack Wellman is Pastor of the Mulvane Brethren church in Mulvane Kansas. Jack is also the Senior Writer at What Christians Want To Know whose mission is to equip, encourage, and energize Christians and to address questions about the believer’s daily walk with God and the Bible. You can follow Jack on Google Plus or check out his book Blind Chance or Intelligent Design available on Amazon.