Overcoming Spiritual Blindness
Jesus said, “For judgment I came into this world, that those who do not see may see, and those who see may become blind.” Some of the Pharisees near him heard these things, and said to him, “Are we also blind?” Jesus said to them, “If you were blind, you would have no guilt; but now that you say, ‘We see,’ your guilt remains. — John 9:39-41
You know, there's this interesting paradox that we experience when it comes to spiritual revelation. Revelation has this dual nature. For one man, it brings understanding. For another, it brings confusion. This means the one who sees and understands and gets insight. It also means the one who sees and is dumbfounded is blinded. As a result, revelation has consequences, and it divides. The man who gains insight gets truth and grace, and the other is deceived and gets judgment.
But Jesus says here he did not come to bring judgment. And why does he say this? Well, because judgment already existed. It was here. Sin, guilt, death, and blindness were already prevalent in the world. Jesus did not bring judgment. We did. We were a judgment unto ourselves. Jesus came for another reason. To give sight to a world of blind people. He came to heal spiritual blindness so that we can see and be saved.
But there is a consequence to this. A division. A division between two groups of people. Those who have sight and those who do not. And that's what Jesus is pointing out here.
And Jesus points this out because the religious officials ask him. They want to know if they are spiritually blind. And so he tells them the truth. He gives them the answer. They are spiritually blind because they claim they see when they do not. And this truth is offensive. But note it is not offensive because of what Jesus said. It's offensive because of who they are. They are sinners standing in front of the truth, unwilling to accept the truth.
So today, let's position ourselves on the enlightening side of spiritual revelation. When God reveals something to us through His Spirit or His Word, let's respond in faith and act without hesitation. Let's push through the offense that may come with God's correction, understanding that God is always right and truthful, and we may be deceived.
- Am I willing to humbly examine my own spiritual state and acknowledge areas of blindness or pride that may hinder me from receiving God's revelation and truth?
- How can I actively position myself on the enlightening side of spiritual revelation, responding in faith and with less hesitation when God corrects or guides me through His Word or His Spirit?
DO THIS: Listen to godly conviction and move through the offense of it.
PRAY THIS: God, help me humbly recognize my spiritual blindness and embrace Your revelation. Grant me the courage to respond in faith and align my life with Your truth. Amen.
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If something is revealed to you in your bible studying that you don’t quite understand, don’t move on until you have dug deeper to get what God is trying to tell you in His word.
“He who has ears to hear; HEAR!”
Yes lord grant me courage to respond in faith to you and align my will to Your will lord amen.