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Truth in Palmyra

By Wally Fry

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Spiritual blindness

Opening Our Eyes to Spiritual Understanding

ephesians 1 18_19

Ephesians 1:15-19

Many of us notice our ability to read words on a page decline over the years. In many cases it may be the same book we have been reading for years, such as our favorite Bible. The problem is not that something has gone wrong with the book, but that something has gone wrong with our eyes! We need something to help us see better. My wife has recently suffered through this, and readers have been the thing that has helped her.

When we receive the gift of salvation from Jesus Christ through repentance and faith, our spiritual eyes are opened; we are no longer spiritually blind. Like our physical sight, our ability to discern the things of God will change as we mature in our Christian lives. There is one big difference between our physical sight and spiritual sight, however; God expects our ability to see the things of God to get better rather than worse as we mature in the faith. Like reading glasses for our physical sight, we also have help for our spiritual sight.

To those who believe, He gives “the exceeding greatness of his power,” to help us improve our vision over the years. An interesting note here is that in verse 19 the word translated “power,” is from the Greek word dunamis, from which we get our word, “dynamite.” Dynamite is powerful stuff, and it is truly a comfort to know we have that kind of power to help us grow in spiritual vision.

 

A Blind Man in Bethsaida is Healed

Mark 8_24

Mark 8:22-24

Have you ever woken up in the morning or after a nap, rubbed your eyes and notice things were just a little fuzzy. Most of us don’t wake up, open our eyes and see things crystal clear. Most of us are like the blind man in Bethsaida, we wake up and things are slightly hazy. We see that, as he saw men “as trees walking.” In other words, while he could now see, he was not seeing the new things around him with full clarity.

If we keep reading in this passage, we will see that Jesus touched the man’s eyes again, and at that point he saw clearly.

As we have discussed before, our spiritual eyes can only be opened by Jesus Christ, by God’s grace and through our faith in Him. As we have also discussed, at that point we are not done and are not fully where our Lord wants us to be. Our vision is likely to be fuzzy as well, and we won’t see the things of God with complete clarity. For many, Jesus has to touch us again to fully restore our vision.  How does Jesus continue to touch our eyes? He does this through His Word, through prayer and through service in one of His New Testament churches. If we commit ourselves as new believers, we can mature and see clearly the things of God clearly someday.

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