What causes spiritual blindness?

In "Biblical Perspective" I.C. Holland writes concerning 1 Peter 2:8…

It is no wonder that sightless people stumble. Spiritual blindness is worse than physical. Witness the cases of Fanny Crosby and Helen Keller. The cause of stumbling in verse 8 is identified as being disobedient. Disobedience and unbelief are inseparable Siamese twins. Although there are professed members of the Church who are insincere and substandard, the cause of stumbling is not the fault of the church. It is identified in 2 Corinthians 4:4: “The god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not.” The word appointed does not mean that they were foreordained to be lost, but that infinite justice forestated that “the soul that sinneth” shall die. Sinning is volitional. It is a choice.

Source: Building Christian Relationships: Adult Teacher's Insights, page 18.

2017-06-17T09:01:00+00:00June 17th, 2017|Categories: Lesson Highlights|Tags: |0 Comments

The Gift of Sight

Lesson 13 - February 28, 2016
Focus Text: Mark 10:46-52; 2 Corinthians 4:3-6
Central Truth: The compassionate Christ ministers to the needs of men.
Objective: By the end of this lesson my students should be able to state how those who are blinded by sin can receive sight.
Lesson Objective:

  1. A Pitiful Cry (Mark 10:46-48)
  2. A Gracious Response (Mark 10:49-52)
  3. A Glorious Light (2 Cor. 4:3-6)

Source: The Miracles of Jesus: Adult Teacher's Insights.

2016-02-24T09:00:00+00:00February 24th, 2016|Categories: Weekly Lesson Summaries|Tags: , |0 Comments

The Lord Gives Sight

Read John 9:1-7
“And said unto him, Go, wash in the pool of Siloam, (which is by interpretation, Sent.) He went his way therefore, and washed, and came seeing” (v. 7).
“Some assembly is required; instructions included.” You can imagine with me a new swing set. There are no fewer than fifty bolts, fifty nuts, fifty lock washers, two-inch pipes, braces, chains, and many parts which seem quite strange, and there is a set of instructions. Imagine dumping the entire contents of the box on the back patio and tossing aside the instruction sheet. Unless one has already assembled a swing set or is mechanically inclined, the likelihood of a pleasant experience and a desired result is close to nil. Following instructions is an excellent idea.
The blind man obediently followed Jesus’ instructions. He went. He washed away the mud. He saw. That was a rather simplistic set of requirements, and the man obeyed and was healed. Did every blind man who applied mud and washed in the pool receive his sight? No. It was not the walking and washing that healed the man. Christ healed the man in response to obedient faith.
Let us remember that the path to spiritual sight begins and continues by submission to Christ. (Lonnie Witt)

Come to Christ. Obey. See clearly.

This devotional is the Wednesday, January 20, 2016 entry of Opening the Word.

2016-01-21T08:00:49+00:00January 21st, 2016|Categories: Opening the Word|Tags: , |0 Comments

Lesson 8: The Blind See

Lesson 8 - January 24, 2016
Focus Text: John 9:1-17
Central Truth: Faith in Christ brings understanding to the spiritually blind.
Objective: By the end of this lesson my students should be able to state at least three obligations that accompany receiving spiritual sight.
Lesson Outline:

  1. Preparation for the Miracle (John 9:1-5)
  2. Performance of the Miracle (John 9:6-7)
  3. Proclamation of the Miracle (John 9:8-34)
2016-01-20T09:04:05+00:00January 20th, 2016|Categories: Weekly Lesson Summaries|Tags: , |0 Comments
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