Spiritual Blindness 4
John 3:3: 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. 5b Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.
He cannot see speaks of blindness. The passage above speaks about a very specific sort of blindness, blindness to the Kingdom of God. It also speaks of inability of the unregenerate to enter the Kingdom of God. What does the Kingdom of God look like? First of all, it has a King and subjects. In this Kingdom, the King rules over the subjects and the subjects are subject to the King. There are other things in this Kingdom that cannot be seen by the unregenerate.
Romans 14:17: For the kingdom of God is not meat and drink; but righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost.
There is righteousness, peace and joy in the Kingdom of God that are unseen and not enjoyed by the unregenerate.
Luke 17:21: Neither shall they say, Lo here! or, lo there! for, behold, the kingdom of God is within you.
The unregenerate will be unable to see the Kingdom, the righteousness, the peace or the joy in the persons or lives of the citizens of the Kingdom, even if they are standing right next to a Christian. They actually confuse evil with good, darkness and light and bitter and sweet.
Isaiah 5:20: Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!
Jeremiah 17:5: Thus saith the LORD; Cursed be the man that trusteth in man, and maketh flesh his arm, and whose heart departeth from the LORD. 6 For he shall be like the heath in the desert, and shall not see when good cometh; but shall inhabit the parched places in the wilderness, in a salt land and not inhabited.
Proverbs 17:20: He that hath a froward heart findeth no good: and he that hath a perverse tongue falleth into mischief.
Matthew 13:13: Therefore speak I to them in parables: because they seeing see not; and hearing they hear not, neither do they understand. 14 And in them is fulfilled the prophecy of Esaias, which saith, By hearing ye shall hear, and shall not understand; and seeing ye shall see, and shall not perceive: 15 For this people*s heart is waxed gross, and their ears are dull of hearing, and their eyes they have closed; lest at any time they should see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and should understand with their heart, and should be converted, and I should heal them. 16 But blessed are your eyes, for they see: and your ears, for they hear. 17 For verily I say unto you, That many prophets and righteous men have desired to see those things which ye see, and have not seen them; and to hear those things which ye hear, and have not heard them. 18 Hear ye therefore the parable of the sower.
Like a flashlight cannot help a blind man, even the Bible will not enable an unregenerate soul to see the path he should take.
Psalms 119:105: Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.
I trust you are aware of the desperate condition of the lost and pray for them and witness to them.
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