Week 1 – Day 5

2 Cor. 11:2-3 For I am jealous over you with a jealousy of God; for I betrothed you to one husband to present you as a pure virgin to Christ. But I fear lest somehow, as the serpent deceived Eve by his craftiness, your thoughts would be corrupted from the simplicity and the purity toward Christ.

We should not think, “The old serpent seduced Eve, but I am not like Eve; I am like Adam. Satan could seduce Eve, but he will not be able to deceive me.” In 2 Corinthians 11:2 Paul likened us all to Eve,…to pure virgins. From the standpoint of being God’s creatures, brothers are males; however, from the standpoint of being the Lord’s lovers and seekers, everyone is a female…. Satan is truly cunning; we should not believe that he will let us freely enjoy Christ and eat the fruit of the tree of life. I am afraid that even after eating from the tree of life, many saints will be deceived to eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.

In 2 Corinthians 11 we see that we are pure virgins….This is a matter of love….With regard to being virgins, we must have a proper love toward Him in order to enjoy Him in a proper way. Whenever our love toward Him is not proper, everything is finished, just as a normal relationship between a husband and wife is lost when a wife does not love her husband. A proper relationship does not depend upon the cleverness or capabilities of a wife, but on her love. (CWWL, 1967, vol. 1, pp. 141-142)

Today’s Reading

We need to be watchful in regard to our love….The love between us and the Lord depends on our thoughts, just as the love between a husband and wife depends on having proper thoughts about one another. If a wife is not proper in her thoughts concerning her husband, there will be a serious problem. If she has been deceived by her friends or influenced by her relatives, her thoughts about her husband will be corrupted. As a result, her love for her husband will be in trouble…. Love is a feeling that is very tender and delicate.

Our thoughts toward the Lord should also be proper. Our thoughts must be preserved and not corrupted. According to 2 Corinthians, the first sign of a problem with our thoughts is that we become hardened….When a person has a strong thought concerning something apart from the Lord, his thoughts can become hardened. Once a person is hardened in his thoughts, there will be a veil between him and the Lord, and he will be unable to know the Lord.

Saints who have hardened thoughts need the Lord’s mercy to become softened. This was the problem that the Jews had with the Lord. Even though they had the Bible and knew about God to a certain extent, their thoughts were hardened and became unbreakable. Even the Lord Jesus had no way to deal with this problem when He came; they would not receive Him. It can be the same with us today. We may pray-read the Lord’s Word, and we may have the Lord’s Spirit in our spirit, but if our thoughts are hardened, the Lord will not have a way in us.

The second symptom of problems with man’s thoughts is being blinded by Satan. A man’s thoughts are like his eyes; everything that comes into him must first pass through his thoughts, just as physical scenery must first pass through one’s eyes. If our thoughts are blinded by Satan, there will be a veil on our thoughts. It is harder to deal with a veil than with hardened thoughts.

The apostle said that our thoughts can be blinded by the god of this age (2 Cor. 4:4). If we have singleness toward God, our thoughts will not be blinded. When we are single toward God, our thoughts will be transparent. As soon as we seek things other than God, the god of this age will cause our thoughts to be blinded…. Even though we are saved, we will fall into a condition of being blinded in our thoughts if we do not seek after God in a pure way. (CWWL, 1967, vol. 1, pp. 142-144)

Further Reading: CWWN, vol. 8, pp. 25-35; CWWL, 1967, vol. 1, pp. 139- 146