Spiritual Blindness - Part 3
21 May 2017
Being born again but staying spiritually blind is a tragedy. When we accept Jesus as our personal Lord and Savior, yet remain unaware of what He has done for us, we will not understand the impact He can have on our lives. In Christ, there is no gender distinction. We are already healed and delivered, and when we pray, we do not have to beg Him to do something for us He has already done; but if we do not understand this, we will not benefit from it. There are people all over the world who have been saved but are still blind to what Jesus has accomplished. This is why the teaching of grace is so important. God’s unmerited favor has everything to do with us being able to see on a spiritual level.
- Our eyes need to be opened to the truth of God’s grace.
- The enemy wants us to stay blind, but God is now opening blind eyes. Satan does not mind us participating in religious activities as long as we do not get the Word of God in us.
- If we let religion take us down the wrong road, it will mislead us. If blind leaders in the church try to lead a blind congregation, both will fall into the ditch (Matthew 15:14).
- The Spirit of the Lord God is upon me, because the Lord hath anointed me to preach good tidings to the meek. He hath sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to them that are bound. To proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord and the day of vengeance of our God; to comfort all that mourn (Isaiah 61:1, 2).
- When the prison doors are opened, the prisoners are free. We must study this Scripture to learn from what they are freed.
- The acceptable year of the Lord is when favor is profusely released on us.
- And he came to Nazareth where he had been brought up, and, as his custom was, he went into the synagogue on the Sabbath day, and stood up to read. And there was delivered unto him the book of the prophet Esaias. When he had opened the book, he found the place where it was written, The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor. He hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised (Luke 4:16-18).
- Breaking down these Scriptures from the books of Isaiah and Luke to study and meditate on them is part of rightly dividing the word of truth (2 Timothy 2:15).
- Isaiah 61, verses one and two, was the prophetic utterance concerning what God would do. This Scripture in the book of Luke described when this prophecy came to pass.
- The Gospel to which Jesus referred is the Gospel of Grace, the good tidings. It is the Good News about God’s unmerited favor.
- “Recovering of sight to the blind” is not just physical, but also spiritual. Jesus allows us to see things we could not see before and understand things previously incomprehensible to us.
- The captives to whom Jesus referred are those people still in captivity to the Law of Moses.
- One reason why some people have such difficulty understanding the Gospel of Grace is that they do not understand how to rightly divide the Bible and the three dispensations from God, two of which are now expired.
- The first contract was between God and Adam; the second was between God and Moses. The third contract, which is still in force, is between God and Jesus.
- The current agreement is grace-based. We are not under the law, but under grace (Romans 6:14).
- Grace and the law are in complete opposition to each other.
- But now he hath obtained a more excellent ministry, by how much also he is the mediator of a better covenant, which was established upon better promises. For if that first covenant had been faultless, then should no place have been sought for the second. For finding fault with them, he saith, Behold, the days come, says the Lord, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah. Not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day when I took them by the hand to lead them out of the land of Egypt, because they continued not in my covenant, and I regarded them not, saith the Lord (Hebrews 8:6-9).
- The old covenant failed and we needed a new one.
- Under the old covenant, only Jews were involved. Under the new covenant, everyone is involved.
- The new contract does not depend on man’s faithfulness or faithlessness to determine if God is faithful to us; it depends on the faith of His Son. Jesus’ faithfulness never failed, not even in the garden of Gethsemane (Matthew 26:36-44; Luke 22:41-44). Man is now the beneficiary of this agreement between God and Jesus.
- The new covenant requires no self-effort on our part, only our belief in what Jesus did. All things are possible to him who believes (Mark 9:23).
- When we are blind to Christ’s faithfulness, we fall back into religion. We mix the law with grace and get no results. The word says to be hot or cold, but not lukewarm (Revelation 3:15, 16).
- Mixing the law with grace is like putting new wine into old wineskins (Matthew 9:17; Mark 2:22; Luke 5:37-39).
- We mix the law with grace when we say we are sinners saved by grace; we cannot be both. People saved by grace are saints, not sinners.
- The law encourages us to judge others and it leads to self-righteousness. Grace teaches us to be merciful and non-judgmental.
- We are to confess our faults one to another and pray for each other that we may be healed (James 5:16), not to be judged or condemned.
- We must trust God in all circumstances.
- When we get to know Jesus and commune with the Holy Spirit, we will not want anything else but Him (Psalm 34:8). No one else is quite like Him.
- Every road we take has consequences, good or bad. We can trust Jesus better than ourselves to point out the right path in life for us. There is a way that seems right to a man, but the end is destruction (Proverbs 14:12).
- Trusting God takes the pressure off us to make things happen. We plant the seed of the word and nurture it, but God causes it to take root and grow (1 Corinthians 3:6, 7).
- Seeking wealth for its own sake will do us no good, but following God’s prompting to help others connects us to work we love that causes financial prosperity. The blessing of the Lord makes one rich with no sorrows added to it (Proverbs 10:22).
- We are truly free when God restores our spiritual vision.
- For people who are no longer spiritually blind, life should be free from worry and anxiety.
- Do not worry about tomorrow; today has enough of its own troubles (Matthew 6:34).
- God’s grace will deal with our cares. Our decision to continue carrying them is an act of pride.
- Humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God. Cast all your care on him, for he cares for you (1 Peter 5:6, 7). Otherwise, we will not find the grace to carry our cares.
- When we learn to praise God and trust in His promises until the manifestations of what we hope for appear, we will stay strong. No matter what happens, we must persevere.
- Weeping may endure for a night, but joy will come in the morning (Psalm 30:5).
- We can trust God because He will always do what he says. If He spoke it, it will surely come to pass (Ezekiel 12:25).
- God is faithful even when we are not (2 Timothy 2:13).
- This covenant of grace even extends into marriage relationships. It allows biblical equity between the genders and erases differences between men and women (Galatians 3:28).
- Paul preached grace, and his life was a powerful testimony for Jesus Christ.
- And when we were all fallen to the earth, I heard a voice speaking to me, and saying in the Hebrew tongue, Saul, Saul, why persecutest thou me? It is hard for thee to kick against the pricks. And I said, Who art thou, Lord? And he said, I am Jesus whom thou persecutest. But rise and stand upon thy feet, for I have appeared unto thee for this purpose, to make thee a minister and a witness both of these things which thou hast seen, and of those things in the which I will appear unto thee. Delivering thee from the people, and from the Gentiles, unto whom now I send thee. To open their eyes and turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan to God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins, and inheritance among them which are sanctified by faith that is in me (Acts 26:14-18).
- Up to that point, Saul had persecuted Christians. Whatever we do to the least in the body of Christ, we do it to him (Matthew 25:40).
- Jesus called Paul to minister to others as a servant. Ministry involves being transparent about what God has brought us out of and a willingness to share our testimony with others. Paul had to go through some issues before God delivered him. His first few sermons were about how he met Jesus on the road to Damascus.
- But none of these things move me, neither count I my life dear unto myself, so that I might finish my course with joy, and the ministry, which I have received of the Lord Jesus, to testify the gospel of the grace of God (Acts 20:24).
- This was written by a man who was clearly delivered. Nothing Paul went through could move him away from believing in the finished works of Jesus.
- Paul was not concerned at all about self-preservation.
- If we are more concerned about people’s opinions than what God tells us to do, we could find ourselves in a situation similar to what King Saul experienced in the Old Testament. God gave Saul an order, but Saul only partially obeyed it (1 Samuel 15:1-24).
- When we are blind, we continue to work for the things that Jesus has already finished.
- It is God who works in us (Philippians 2:13).
- Born-again people who are still spiritually blind have not yet learned about Christ (Ephesians 4:20).
- When we commit ourselves to continue learning about grace, our lives will change because our belief system changes. Faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God (Romans 10:17).
- When we act in faith, we will have what we say (Mark 11:23). But we must not just say it once; we must be consistent.
- We must also avoid being influenced by negative people, because they can foster a spirit of discontentment. The place of discontentment is where the enemy can stop our progress. Contentment with godliness is great gain (1 Timothy 6:6).
|Isaiah 61:1, 2
||Galatians 1:6, 7
|Matthew 6:14, 15
||Mark 11:25, 26
||2 Corinthians 12:9
|Ephesians 1:13, 16-21
|2 Corinthians 4:4