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February 24th, 2012 – The Blinding Veil

“But we have renounced disgraceful, underhanded ways. We refuse to practice cunning or to tamper with God’s word, but by the open statement of the truth we would commend ourselves to everyone’s conscience in the sight of God. And even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled only to those who are perishing. 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 Cor. 4:2-4

Devotional Thought For The Day

Yesterday we considered one aspect of the “eye” troubles that we face as sinful human beings. A far greater “vision” problem is referred to in these verses, that of “the veil” that “blinds the minds” of those who are perishing, those who are unbelievers, so that they are kept from “seeing the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, Who is the image of God.” For those of us who know and believe the love that God has for us, all that He has done for us in Christ Jesus, providing us with “redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins” [Eph. 1:7], this is a great mystery and a horrific tragedy. It helps to explain the mystery of the rebellion of unbelief, for we find it unfathomable that anyone could reject God’s gracious mercy and love in Christ Jesus.  The problem is that unbelievers cannot even see it, let alone grasp it – their eyes and minds are “veiled” so that they cannot even see the “light of the gospel of the glory of Christ.”

There is a cause for this continuing spiritual blindness – “the god of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelievers.” Yes, there are other so-called gods in this world, chiefly the devil and his ugly minions, and they are “gods” to many people – appearing as “angels of light” and usurping the place of the only True and Living God in the hearts and minds of unbelievers. They convince people that they are the most powerful and glorious “gods” in the world – and with their artificial “light” [which is in reality gross darkness] they obscure the glory of the True God from people’s sight, especially the glory of Christ, Who is the image of God. Imagine the pitiful ignorance of those who settle for these “gods” of this world!  Further, these “gods” and their servants appeal to the damnable rebellion and arrogance of fallen human beings, convincing them that they can actually “be like God” by their own good behavior – further blinding them to “the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ,” the good news of God’s gracious mercy and love. This is theater of the absurd.

Perhaps the servants of God’s Word are tempted to engage in this “propaganda war” and adopt the same tactics as the devil uses to gather people to themselves. But the true apostle of the Lord Jesus Christ clearly states the methodology of true servants of God’s Word: “But we have renounced disgraceful, underhanded ways. We refuse to practice cunning or to tamper with God’s word, but by the open statement of the truth we would commend ourselves to everyone’s conscience in the sight of God.” Note the relationship to God’s Word – no “tampering,” no “disgraceful, underhanded ways,” and no “practice of cunning.” Rather, the protocol for the preaching of the true Gospel of Jesus Christ, and service to God is “open statement of the truth” – and this more than suffices when Christ takes away the veil of unbelief.

There is nothing of greater value to human being, blessedness, health, and welfare than this ministry of God’s Word, the glorious Gospel of Jesus Christ. Sadly, the “god” of this world has bamboozled many, but he cannot overcome the light. Take care to guard yourself against this “god” by adhering strictly to God’s Word, His written Word of Holy Scripture, the Bible. Find a servant of God’s Word who is devoted to “open statement of the truth” [there are still many] and allow him to pour the glorious light of God’s love in Christ Jesus into your heart. As true visionaries, and competent spiritual optometrists, they will help you keep the veil off!

Prayer For The Day

Dear Lord Jesus, You are the source of all good, decency, wisdom, light, and understanding. You have provided us with all that we need for true blessedness through Your Word, Holy Scripture. Keep us safe from the devil and from all who would place a veil over our minds, who turn people from Your light and into the darkness. Grant us clear vision of the glory of Your love and Your gracious redemption. Amen.