Key Passage: 2 Corinthians 4:3-4
Key Text: 2 Corinthians 4:4 “whose minds the god of this age has blinded”
I just don’t get it! This popular statement often expressed sarcastically to point out another person’s somewhat silly acts, should be applied with a bit more caution and candour. There are things we just don’t get. Let’s take the Trinity. Most of us have no clue how the trinity functions. We have simply acquiesced to superior knowledge and left it at that. I think it is wise sometimes not to try to unravel the ‘unravelable.’
Having studied deeply and read a lot of theologians espouse the doctrine of the Trinity, I cannot claim to be any wiser, except I believe in the doctrine and truly accept the deity of Jesus Christ, The Holy Spirit and the Father. I also believe there is One God, with three expressions, The Father, Son and Holy Spirit. But how the trinity works, well, I don’t just get that. I am certain that on this side of eternity, we will have to live with the limited light we have on this subject.
But of the way of salvation, The reason for the cross of Jesus, His death and resurrection, The need for a Saviour, the sinfulness of man, the righteousness and holiness of God, Heaven and Hell etc, there are no grey areas, because I have been blessed to have the light shine into my heart. I have been graced with God’s overwhelming love that opened the eyes of my heart so I could apprehend the message of Salvation.
Ephesians 4:17-18 “This I say, therefore, and testify in the Lord, that you should no longer walk as the rest of the Gentiles walk, in the futility of their mind, having their understanding darkened, being alienated from the life of God, because of the ignorance that is in them, because of the blindness of their heart.”
People who don’t believe in Jesus Christ and accept God’s plan of salvation have blindness. They are blind in their hearts and until the blindness is removed, they will not see. I do not mean to be offensive, but just state it as the bible states it. They all need the miraculous touch of the Master to have their eyes opened, as much a blind Bartimaeus in the bible needed his sight.
2 Corinthians 4:3-4 “But even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing, whose minds the god of this age has blinded, who do not believe, lest the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine on them.
These are profound words, clearly showing that unbelievers in Christ Jesus have their minds veiled or covered by a shroud and they are unable to see the glory of Jesus Christ. It shows that there is a malevolent person behind this condition; The bible refers to him as the god of this world or age. This is Satan. So it takes a degree of humility on our part and grace from God to be set free from this blindness.
……. For it is the God who commanded light to shine out of darkness, who has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ”
This is the marvellous grace and love of God. He is Light and when He chooses to shine into a person’s heart, the darkness must leave immediately.
Every hungry heart, that sincerely wants to be filled with His light, will receive this glorious grace and God will allow the awesome glory of Jesus to shine into their hearts and they will understand and accept God’s plan of salvation.
Back to blind Bartimaeus. When he heard Jesus was passing by, he shouted at the top of his voice to Jesus The Son of David to have mercy on Him. Jesus stopped and healed him of his blindness. Take a leaf from him to today and cry out for sight. Ask Him to open your eyes that you want to see. Do not be proud or arrogant. Do not think you know. It takes the intervention of God in a life, for the message of the gospel to be comprehended and apprehended.
Let there be light! Receive the Light of Life. Receive Jesus Christ.
Let’s pray: Father God today I want you to open my eyes and let me understand the way of salvation through Jesus Christ. Father I need your intervention. I need help. Have mercy on me and shine your light into my heart. Amen.