Simon Brown.

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Anyone with ears to hear should listen and understand! Matthew 11:15.
Who is he that overcometh the world, but he that believeth that Jesus is the
SON of God?
1 John 5:5.
NOT GOD OR A TRINITY, but as St john has said: but he that believeth that Jesus is the SON of God? 1 John 5:5.
And as Jesus has said: ETERNAL LIFE is believing His Father GOD is the only ONE TRUE GOD alone. John 17:3. Which is the FIRST commandment one MUST believe. Mark 12:29.

And Hezekiah prayed before the LORD and said: “O LORD, the God of Israel, enthroned above the cherubim, you are THE God, you alone, of all the kingdoms of the earth; you have made heaven and earth. 2 Kings 19:15.


Dear friends, just to remind you, as I am a human being, I am capable of making mistakes. If you believe I am wrong, don't let it go, but please be kind and let me know. Thank you.

But examine everything carefully; hold fast to that which is good. 1 Thessalonians 5:21.



Saturday, 14 February 2015

Question: What is spiritual blindness?

  • Question: What is spiritual blindness? 2 Corinthians 4 :4, “The God of this age has blinded the minds of unbelievers, so that they cannot see the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God.

  • By simon brown
  • Many people are blind. How can that be? Perhaps the Bible can give us some answers. Consider this verse; 2 Corinthians 4:4, “The God of this age has blinded the minds of unbelievers, so that they cannot see the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God.” And the bible says that the god of this age is Satan. 2 Corinthians 3:14, “But their minds were made dull, for to this day the same veil remains when the old covenant is read. It has not been removed because only in Christ is it taken away. Even to this day when Moses is read a veil covers their hearts, but whenever anyone turns to the Lord the veil is taken away.” The Bible is telling us that we are blinded from the truth until we accept Jesus. Matthew 23:24, “You blind guides. You strain out a gnat but swallow a camel.” Jesus here is saying that people will believe in something with little to support it, but will reject something with much more evidence. It would seem the devil really does have the power to blind us. The simple truth is, accept Jesus and He will remove the veil!
    Matthew 15:14, “Leave them. They are blind guides. If a blind man leads a blind man both will fall into a pit.” This is what is going on. Most people are following the blind. John 12:40, He has blinded their eyes and deadened their hearts, so they can never see with their eyes nor understand with their hearts, nor turn and I would heal them.”  The theme of people being blinded from the truth continues throughout the
    Bible.                                                      
    Most people in the world will not make it to the kingdom of heaven.  Sorry, I didn’t say it, Jesus did; and yet all you have to do is accept and follow Him. What have you to lose? If you are right you will enter heaven and be with God your Father. You won’t find odds like that at your local turf accountant! The instructions are pretty simple too. Accept Jesus and follow Him.
    Matthew 7:13, “ Enter through the narrow gate, for wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction and many may enter through it, but small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it.” God loves you and will forgive whatever sins you have committed. Ask and you may have everlasting life.
    John 14:6, “I am the way and the truth and the life.” Also, John 3:16, “ For God so loved the world that He gave his one and only son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life, for God did not send his son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through Him. Whoever believes in Him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because he has not believed in the name of God’s one and only son. This is the verdict. Light has come into the world but men loved darkness instead of light because their deeds were evil.” And again, Proverbs 3 V 5, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding.” So do not trust in the blind, but trust in God who cannot lie.
    The Bible can be viewed as a manual for living if you like. If you buy a kettle or a toaster, you will also receive an operating manual. The purpose of this is to help you get the very best from the product and to avoid dangerous practises. The Bible does just the same in teaching you how to get the best from your life and even after it. All the answers are there if you look. Jesus says, Matthew 7 v 7, “Ask and it will be given to you, seek and you will find, knock and the door will be opened to you, for everyone who asks receives, he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks the door will be opened.” Foolish people, when they buy their toaster or kettle, just throw the instruction manual in the bin. Later the product has a problem. The toaster only toasts on one side. What do we do about it? Where shall we take it for repair? Oh dear, now we know what the manual was for. Fortunately most of us are more sensible and place the manual somewhere safe, where we can find it when things go wrong. What about the Bible? Have you thrown that in the bin or put it somewhere where you can refer to it when something goes wrong with your life. After all, your life is hopefully much longer and more important than a domestic appliance and the faults often a lot more serious. At the end of life the door closes. Too late to look for the manual. It didn’t come with you and there’s no-one to ask. Luke 13 V 28,”there will be weeping there and gnashing of teeth.” Souls will be weeping because they would not listen or give the Bible a chance while they had it, and they will be gnashing their teeth because they realise there is no way back and it’s all too late.
    God gave us all free will. It would have been easy to force us all to obey Him but that is not His way. He expects you to find Him just as, if you were adopted, you would try to find your natural parents. He is waiting to open the door to you, no matter what you have done wrong. What a truly merciful God. Jesus said, John 5 V 24, “I tell you the truth. Whoever hears my word and believes in Him who sent me has eternal life and will not be condemned. He has crossed over from death to life.” So you can enter through the gate to eternal life and be with God the Creator whom Jesus calls our Father. Be a part of God’s family. Christ was nailed to the cross for our sins. He rose from his tomb after three days and is alive today. He wants to make himself known to us all, to forgive us and cleanse us and bring us to eternal life. Revelations 3 V 20, “Here I am. I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door I will come in and eat with him and he with me.”
  • SOMETHING YOU MUST DO.
  • Accept Jesus Christ into your life to be your Lord and Saviour, your friend and guide, and be with you. So many miss this very important last step, therefore not making it to life and never opening the door to Jesus, as he will not force his way into your life. You must invite him in. The handle to the door on the outside is missing. Only you can open it on the inside, so find a quiet place on your own in a room, close the door behind you, and remember God loved you so much that He watched His only son being mocked, spat on, punched, whipped and nailed on a cross with a spear in his side. Could you do the same to your daughter or son? This shows how much God loves us, so when you have thought of the amazing true courage that Jesus displayed, say a prayer. You must repent and believe in Jesus Christ, so pray sincerely with this prayer:
    THE SINNER’S PRAYER
  • LORD JESUS, I ADMIT THAT I HAVE BEEN LIVING IN REBELLION TO YOU. I BELIEVE THAT YOU DIED SO THAT I MIGHT BE FORGIVEN ALL MY SIN. PLEASE FORGIVE ME NOW. PLEASE COME INTO MY LIFE BY YOUR HOLY SPIRIT AND HELP ME TO LIVE IN A WAY THAT PLEASES YOU. BE MY SAVIOUR, MY MASTER AND MY DEAREST FRIEND ALL THE DAYS OF MY LIFE………..AMEN.
  • 1 John 1 V 9, “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.” Therefore if you have prayed sincerely, you can know that God has forgiven you. You have his word on it. Do not rely on your feelings. You may not tell any difference at the moment. Trust His sure promises. John 6 V 47, “I tell you the truth. He who believes in me has everlasting life. I am the bread of life.”
  • THE WAY FORWARD
  • You have begun the journey into life and are now at the start of a new life. You have in Jesus Christ, an all powerful and ever present friend and captain, but in Satan, a cunning and strong enemy. You need to grow strong as a Christian. You need food, air and exercise.
    Food.
    The bible is the Christian’s food. It is a living book and through it, God will speak to you. Read it every day.
    Air.
    Prayer is the Christian’s air. Talk to Jesus naturally as a friend, yet respectfully, remembering who He is. Spend time alone with Him daily.
    Exercise.
    Worship. Join a local church at once. Never miss being with Christians in church on Sunday.
    Witness.
    Tell one other person within the next 24 hours what you have done. That you have surrendered your life to Christ. Do not be ashamed to be known as a Christian at work or at home.
  • When we believe that Jesus Christ truly died on the cross for our sins and if we believe that Jesus rose from the dead, and follow Him by taking up our cross, you shall be saved.
    1. This article below is from www.gotquestions.org -
    2. Permission for there articles was granted to Simon Brown by Shea at GotQuestions.org
    Question: "What is spiritual blindness?"

    Answer:
    To be spiritually blind is not to see Christ, and not to see Christ is not to see God (Colossians 1:15-16;2 Corinthians 4:6). Spiritual blindness is a grievous condition experienced by those who do not believe in God, Jesus Christ, and His Word (Romans 2:8;2 Thessalonians 2:12). Those who reject Christ are the lost (John 6:68-69). Being spiritually blind, they are perishing (2 Corinthians 4:3-4;Revelation 3:17). They choose not to accept the teachings of Christ and His authority in their lives (Matthew 28:18). They are blind to the manifestations of God as revealed throughout His Word and Jesus Christ (John 1:1;Acts 28:26-27). They are described as those who “do not accept the things of the Spirit of God, for they are folly to him, and he is not able to understand them because they are spiritually discerned” (1 Corinthians 2:14).

    Peter spoke of such people as “scoffers [who] will come in the last days with scoffing, following their own sinful desires” (2 Peter 3:3;Proverbs 21:24;Jude 1:18). Those who reject Christ and His Word are spiritually blind and cannot understand the truth of the Scriptures. The truth sounds foolish to them (Isaiah 5:25;Isaiah 37:23). The Bible describes those denying God as fools (Psalm 14:1;Matthew 7:26). Because of their blindness and rejection of God and His Word, they are in a perilous, unsaved condition (John 12:48;Hebrews 2:2-4).

    The spiritually blind are simply unable to understand His Word (Matthew 13:13;Deuteronomy 29:4). Jesus said, “If you love Me, you will keep My commandments. And I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Helper, to be with you forever, even the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees Him nor knows Him. You know Him, for He dwells with you and will be in you” (John 14:15-17). Paul echoed this when he told the believers in Rome, “Those who are in the flesh cannot please God. You, however, are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if in fact the Spirit of God dwells in you. Anyone who does not have the Spirit of Christ does not belong to Him” (Romans 8:8-9). Those outside of Christ are not of God because their lives are steeped in the things of the world with all its passions, their eyes blind to the Spirit of God. The Apostle John said, “If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him” but that person’s love “is from the world” (1 John 2:15-16).

    The cause of spiritual blindness is made quite clear in the Scriptures: “In their case the god of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelievers, to keep them from seeing the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God” (2 Corinthians 4:4). Paul refers to Satan as the “god of this world.” Extraordinarily evil (John 8:44), Satan destroys the flesh (1 Corinthians 5:5), masquerades as an angel of light (2 Corinthians 11:14), and is the cause of all temptations (Luke 4:2;Hebrews 4:15;1 Corinthians 7:5). He revels in scheming against and trapping the unbelievers (2 Corinthians 2:11;Ephesians 6:11;2 Timothy 2:26). Satan’s goal is to devour the weak who fall prey to temptation, fear, loneliness, worry, depression, and persecution (1 Peter 5:8-9).

    Without God and left to ourselves, we easily succumb to the devil’s schemes. We can become so mired in the affairs of this world and its moral darkness that, in the end, God turns us over to spiritual blindness and eternal condemnation (John 12:40;Romans 1:24-32).

    As believers, we have the Spirit of God reigning in our lives to ward off the debilitating effects of Satan’s power and the world’s influence (1 John 4:13). John tells us, “Whoever confesses that Jesus is the Son of God, God abides in Him, and he in God” (1 John 4:15). Satan wars within and without us. His weapons are deceitful and crafty schemes to make us doubt and stumble (2 Corinthians 2:11;Ephesians 4:14). Yet God has provided us with powerful weapons ward off his flaming arrows (Ephesians 6:10-18). As believers we can overcome the evil one and remain in the Light and never become spiritually blind. For, in truth, Jesus has given us His wonderful promise: “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows Me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life” (John 8:12).

    Recommended Resources:Logos Bible SoftwareandThe Mind of Christ by T.W. Hunt.
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