1/19/20 ~ The Choice of Spiritual Blindness

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Have you ever closed your eyes and tried to walk around without seeing? If you do it for very long it becomes a great way to stub a toe, bash a shin or ever trip and fall over something.

Apparently, there’s a good reason that God gave us the ability to see. Jesus commented about a blind man leading another blind man in Luke 6:39. His conclusion was that they would both fall into a pit. And the lesson is even more important when it comes to spiritual matters!

Matthew 15:12-14 tells of another occasion when Jesus made this same point: Then the disciples came and said to Him, “Do You know that the Pharisees were offended when they heard this statement?” But He answered and said, “Every plant which My heavenly Father did not plant shall be uprooted. Let them alone; they are blind guides of the blind. And if a blind man guides a blind man, both will fall into a pit.”

False teachers and unbelievers have become “offended” at something that God said. Jesus does NOT apologize or take back the truth! Instead He bluntly condemns the sinner for choosing to sin and plainly states that God will make certain that such people will be destroyed.

False teachers today still try to claim that the fact that “God is love” means He will ignorantly accept anything from us as acceptable. In believing such nonsense they show themselves to be heirs of those Jesus condemned.

Zephaniah the Prophet of God warned about the coming great day of the Lord (1:14) and warned that those who have sinned against the Lord would be made to walk like the blind and would have their blood be poured out like dust.

Peter echoes that lesson in 2 Peter 3 when he says: Above all you must understand that in the last days scoffers will come with scoffing, following their own lusts. And Jude shares the same point in Jude 17-19: But you, beloved, ought to remember the words that were spoken beforehand by the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ, that they were saying to you, “In the last time there will be mockers, following after their own ungodly lusts.” These are the ones who cause divisions, worldly-minded, devoid of the Spirit.

Did you catch Jude’s last sentence there? Those that choose spiritual blindness (ignorance that mocks the truth of God’s word) are the ones who cause divisions, they are the worldly-minded ones and they are lacking God’s Holy Spirit! NEVER let Satan and his followers try to shift the blame! Those that disobey the Lord are entirely at fault, are entirely to blame for their error!

There is one more passage that we need to see before we finish this lesson. In 2 Corinthians chapter 3 Paul is speaking of the Jews who have closed their minds and eyes to Jesus and compares it to the veil that hid the face of Moses after he had been in the presence of God (verse 14). For those that close their minds to Christ the ONLY hope is still Christ!

Only in Christ is the blindness, the veil taken away (2 Corinthians 3:14). And, just to make the point even more plain, Paul says in verse 16: yet whenever one turns to the Lord, the veil is removed.

Spiritual blindness is a choice. When we make the choice to deny God, to not obey His will, we make a foolish choice. But the choice to see is still open to us! When we listen to and obey the Lord, sight is restored.

Choose wisely, choose well. What choice will you make?

— Lester P. Bagley

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