Spiritual Blindness 2
We do not criticize people who are physically blind. We don*t envy them and we should have pity for them. They cannot help it. We try to help them. We can see what they cannot. We can simply close our eyes to understand what they do not see. We can help them to touch something and teach them what it is. Even though they cannot see things they can perceive many of them with their touch. Depending upon the cause of their blindness, some of them can receive sight through surgery.
John 3:3, 5: Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God. . . . 5 Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.
We should feel a similar pity for those that are spiritually blind. We should try to help them. We can remember the things that we did not understand before we were saved that we now understand. There is something that can cure ALL of them. They need to be born again. We need to tell them about the cure. We need to give them the gospel and an opportunity to receive Jesus. Receiving Jesus is the cure.
John 1:12: But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name:
Becoming a child of God and being born again are two definitions of the same experience.
The kingdom of God cannot be seen physically by those who have been born again OR those who have not. Those who have been born again can PERCEIVE the kingdom in other ways than sight. They can perceive it in ways that are unavailable to those who have not been born again.
John 3:6-8: That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. 7 Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again. 8 The wind bloweth where it listeth, and thou hearest the sound thereof, but canst not tell whence it cometh, and whither it goeth: so is every one that is born of the Spirit.
We cannot see the wind but we can perceive the effects that it has. We can see the dust and snow that it blows around. We can see it knock down trees. We can feel it. But we cannot see it physically.
The most significant things that the spiritually unborn cannot accurately perceive are the King of the Kingdom and His love. God and His love can only be completely perceived by personal experience. No one can completely understand what a steak tastes like by what we tell him. He won*t know what it tastes like until he tastes the steak for himself. He might see my mouth watering and the look of satisfaction on my face but he still won*t be able to taste it. Same thing with perceiving God.
Luke 17:21: Neither shall they say, Lo here! or, lo there! for, behold, the kingdom of God is within you.
Colossians 1:27: To whom God would make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles; which is Christ in you, the hope of glory:
No one will be able to clearly perceive the King or the kingdom of God until they are within him. The mystery won*t be cleared up until Jesus is in you. You won*t reap the benefits of someone else*s Saviour.
Romans 14:17: For the kingdom of God is not meat and drink; but righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost.
He won*t accurately perceive righteousness, peace or joy until the King is within him.
Revelation 3:17: Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked:
They cannot perceive how miserable they are until they get peace and joy. They cannot perceive how poor they are until they are given the true riches of the Kingdom. They cannot perceive how blind they are until God gives them sight. They cannot perceive how naked they are until they are given the righteousness of Jesus. Do you pity them enough to share the gospel with them?