“The god of this age has blinded the minds of unbelievers, so that they cannot see the light of the gospel that displays the glory of Christ, who is the image of God.” 2 Corinthians 4:4
We sometimes are just so judgemental towards those who have not surrendered their lives to Jesus. Ephesians 2 to help us to understand the condition of the unbeliever is in and the fight regarding their souls for we were there one day ourselves. I realize it was so long ago and that is not us any more…but it does not negate the fact that it once was and but for the grace of God, it would be us today. Peter said it like this: “Once you were not a people, but now you are the people of God; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy (1 Peter 2:10). We have all had blinded eyes.
As for you, you were dead in your transgressions and sins, 2 in which you used to live when you followed the ways of this world and of the ruler of the kingdom of the air, the spirit who is now at work in those who are disobedient. 3 All of us also lived among them at one time, gratifying the cravings of our flesh and following its desires and thoughts. Like the rest, we were by nature deserving of wrath. 4 But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, 5 made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions—it is by grace you have been saved. 6 And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus, 7 in order that in the coming ages he might show the incomparable riches of his grace, expressed in his kindness to us in Christ Jesus. 8 For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— 9 not by works, so that no one can boast. 10 For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.
I thank God for His great, abundant, and tender love that did not leave us hopeless, that fought a war that we could not win without Him, and still rules and reigns today. Man is not without hope, does not have to remain blind, and God’s grace and mercy remains available today. The good work God calls us to is not condemnation but prayer and witnessing to the lost that they would know Christ. Would you include in your prayers today that someone you know who is blinded would turn to the Lord and the veil of blindness be removed and they would experience the freedom that can only be found in Jesus?
But when one turns to the Lord, the veil is removed. 17 Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. 18 And we all, with unveiled face, beholding the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another. For this comes from the Lord who is the Spirit. 2 Corinthians 3:16-18