large2 Cor. 11: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.
The simplicity of our faith is this: what God promised, he fulfilled in Christ Jesus, whom God raised from the dead.  Simply put, if we say we love God, then we believe he fulfilled the promise that he made to the Jews to give them a kingdom.  That kingdom came in the form of Christ Jesus, who died and was raised to life eternal by God.  This is the faith of Abraham, which is why all who submit to Christ Jesus are called the seed of Abraham – not according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit of God.  That is the essence of our faith.  Such a simple and complete recipe needs no further additions, especially the doctrines and teachings of man.
There is a beauty in such simplicity, much like the beauty of saying only what is necessary and nothing more.  Adding anything more to the message is akin to adding strokes of paint to a finished painting.  The painting gains nothing, since it was already complete.  In truth, adding what is unnecessary only serves to take away from that which was a finished work.  This is what happens when we complicate the gospel and complicate our faith.

Tomorrow: Understanding the importance of the title Christ