Spiritual Blindness

We are all born spiritually blind. It is a fact of life that sin made us blind and keeps us blind. Spiritually speaking we will all have times when even though we are saved our vision will get blurred because of temptation and sin. The longer we stay in sin the longer we are blind to it’s effect.

The good news is that once we have been born again we can come and get our eyes cleaned by our loving heavenly father when we ask for forgiveness. He won’t turn us away, 1 John 1:9 tells us “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”

Spiritual blindness can be a comfortable place to reside though. Many people get to the point in their lives that they are so used to seeing so poorly that they can’t remember what it is like to be any other way. Generally we think of this as being comfortable in our sins or as Paul put it in 1 Timothy 4:2 “… having their conscience seared with a hot iron”. The hot iron sears or closes up the nerve endings effectively killing their ability to feel.

And this numbness that is produced leads to trouble. The more numbness involved the more willingness there is to go deeper into sin. The more lax the person becomes at fighting against sin in their lives. Numbness brings excuses to sin and reasoning for indulging in sin. And the spiritual blinders that have been placed around the eyes close in over the eyes more tightly allowing for the singleness of sight to be fixed on the wants and needs of the cravings of the desired sin.

In fact when it comes down to it the only thing that the Bible ever declares to be great about man is “…the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.”, Genesis 6:5. All because mankind is spiritually blind. Our greatness is evil and the process of becoming more evil.

When God first made man he gave Adam was commandment, don’t eat of the fruit of the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil (Genesis 2:17). It was a simply choice to make; obey and live or disobey and pay dearly for it. Adam eventually chose to disobey, he committed spiritual suicide that day, started the clock on his own physical death, and plunged the human race into sin. All because he put spiritual blinders on that day (chapter 3).

Of all of the miracles that were performed in the Old Testament the only one that was never done was the restoring sight to the blind, John 9:32. The first it happened was when Jesus came to the man who was born blind, put clay in his eyes, and sent him to the pool of Siloam where he came seeing. The purpose for holding off on such a miracle (one that was in essence far better than raising the dead) was to show that the cure for our spiritual blindness had finally come. That the only way to be cured of our spiritual blindness was to come to Jesus. We may never know all there is to know about Jesus but we can come to know him as our personal savior.

Why do we need him as our personal savior? Because we are all born with the final destination of hell, (Luke 16:22,23) we need a way to escape this awful place. That is where Jesus comes into the picture.

Romans 6;23 tells us that “The wages of sin is death”, that death is not physical death but complete death for all of eternity in hell. But the verse goes on to say that “the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” When we are confronted by the fact of our sins, be it a lie or having stole something (even if only a piece of gum), lusting after someone, whatever is against God’s ten commandments we need to make a choice. The spiritual blinders have been removed, and God has shown us that we are all sinners bound for hell, because our sins pay wages which means we have earned what we get. But God has provided a ‘get out of hell free card’ in his son Jesus; he wants to save us from the penalty of our sins we just have to believe that he will do as he has said he will do and ask him to then do it.

Being saved is a whole other life. While we are still living in this world and dealing with the circumstances of it we are also waiting for that day we we get to see Jesus face to face. We sin in this life and yet he still loves us and will forgive us if we ask him too. A closer relationship with God almighty than one that we have with our own parents, spouses, or children is possible. It is up to us as to how much we want to have with him. We just need to remove those blinders and focus on him and his word. The more we study the Bible, 2 Timothy 2:15, the better we see. And one day faith will end in sight.

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