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The Spiritually Poor Will See the Light

“The Light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it.” (John 1:5)

Jesus and His disciples were in Jerusalem and came to the Pool of Siloam. There they encountered a blind man who had been blind since his birth. The disciples asked this question of Jesus in regards to the blind man. “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he would be born blind?” (John 9:2) This is a fair question as Scripture verifies that sin is a generational problem. “You shall not worship them or serve them; for I, the LORD your God, am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children, on the third and the fourth generations of those who hate Me.” (Exodus 20:5)

Jesus answered and His answer makes me think that it is not that we should judge the reason of man’s affliction but rather seek to glorify God though the affliction. “Jesus answered, “It was neither that this man sinned, nor his parents; but it was so that the works of God might be displayed in him.” (John 9:3) The greater problem for mankind is not the afflictions that have befallen upon him physically but the state that the man is in spiritually. Blindness of the eye is certainly a serious affliction but the more serious blindness is that of the spiritual eye of men.

Since the fall of man he has not been able on his own to become what he was created to be, a partner in fellowship with his Creator the Lord God Almighty. Man’s fellowship was broken off by his disobedience of God’s Word and the purpose of God coming in His Son Jesus was to provide a way that man could restore that fellowship. It is true that overall sin causes man’s affliction either directly or indirectly. This is the punishment of man’s disobedience to the Word of God, this is the plague that rests upon the world today the wage of man’s sin, death. “For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Romans 6:23)

As universal as this breach in obedience to God’s Word is all must suffer the consequence. The righteous suffer the effect as well as the unrighteous. Even if a man could live a perfectly righteous life he still would be faced with an amount of suffering and sorrow. Even Jesus Himself suffered and was a man of sorrows from the effects of a sinful world. The problem for the natural man is that he is walking through this world spiritually blind. “In whose case the god of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelieving so that they might not see the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God.” (2 Corinthians 4:4)

The problem for the spiritually blind is that they do not know a loving God though His Son Jesus Christ. The common phrase of the day in many protests across the nation is “No Justice, No Peace.” This is a very true statement. Love demands justice or there is no truth to the love expressed. There cannot be peace in a place where there is no justice. Therefore the day is coming, sooner than later, when God will judge each man for his deeds in the flesh, his use of time, talent and treasure that has been given him. Both the righteous and the unrighteous will face judgment. “All the nations will be gathered before Him; and He will separate them from one another, as the shepherd separates the sheep from the goats.” (Matthew 25:32) He will separate those who have flowed Him from those who have rejected Him.

The righteous shall stand before the judgment seat of Christ and be judged according to their deeds in the flesh. This will not affect their salvation through the work of Christ on the cross but will determine their position in the Kingdom of God. “For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each one may be recompensed for his deeds in the body, according to what he has done, whether good or bad.” (2 Corinthians 5:10) This is why the Christian is to be busy following their Master in faith accomplishing the Kingdom work that all would be done according to their calling.

Those who have rejected the truth of Jesus, who have lived in rebellion to God’s Word, will have a very different judgment. “Then I saw a great white throne and Him who sat upon it, from whose presence earth and heaven fled away, and no place was found for them. And I saw the dead, the great and the small, standing before the throne, and books were opened; and another book was opened, which is the book of life; and the dead were judged from the things which were written in the books, according to their deeds. And the sea gave up the dead which were in it, and death and Hades gave up the dead which were in them; and they were judged, every one of them according to their deeds. Then death and Hades were thrown into the lake of fire. This is the second death, the lake of fire. And if anyone’s name was not found written in the book of life, he was thrown into the lake of fire.” (Revelation 20:11-15)

More and more today the unrighteous consider the righteous to be a burden upon them. I certainly hope so. But in my mind I see the unrighteous as a burden upon the righteous. Again, I certainly hope so. The primary affliction of man, his spiritual blindness is an opportunity to be used by us for the glory of God. “We must work the works of Him who sent Me as long as it is day; night is coming when no one can work.” (John 9:4) We must be busy allowing God to use us in wooing others to His Son Jesus that they may come to the saving knowledge of Him. That they too, as we, will find the salvation which only comes through the grace of God His Son Jesus Christ. That they would also, “That if you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved; for with the heart a person believes, resulting in righteousness, and with the mouth he confesses, resulting in salvation.” (Romans 10:9-10) We must work now, as even the blind know that the world is in moral poverty and spiritual blindness. “We must work the works of Him who sent Me as long as it is day; night is coming when no one can work.” (John 9:4)

In this age where knowledge is exploding we find that man has become over burdened with great intellect. I in no way am saying that this is a bad thing. But dose man have the wisdom to use this intellect? I think that men of great intellect are faced with the same problem as men with great wealth. They do not realize their dependence upon the God of the universe. It is hard for the rich man to give up his wealth for the greater good of the Kingdom of God. (Matthew 16:13-24) Because of man’s ever increasing intellect he finds himself in the same position as the Pharisees of Jesus’ day. The Pharisees had great physical vision through their intellect but were completely blind spiritually. All that Jesus was in their view was as a fable. His virgin birth, signs and wonders and resurrection were all fables to them. They argued against the facts by supporting their theories. Much as man does today. Yet the blind man at the Pool of Siloam could see the truth of Jesus and obeyed His command in faith of His Word. “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.” (Matthew 5:3)

Man’s fall was because he bought into the temptation that he could be as God. Man still falls into that temptation to this very day. How crazy is that! Man could possibly have the knowledge and wisdom as the Creator of the universe. That a creature could think as highly as the Creator. “For My thoughts are not your thoughts, Nor are your ways My ways,” declares the LORD. “For as the heavens are higher than the earth, So are My ways higher than your ways And My thoughts than your thoughts.” (Isaiah 55:8-9)

It is a fault that some of us naturally have to make Jesus fit into what we want Him to be when we should be striving to become what He wants us to be. As we pass though on our journey of life we pick up a lot of baggage that holds great influence upon our thinking. This becomes a veiled stumbling block in our path to a full relationship with God the Father. Though we are on the right course, seeking the Kingdom of God, we allow ourselves to become blinded by our own false beliefs. The Pharisees were the God fearing men of the day but they made Him to be what they wanted Him to be. Many of the followers of Jesus wanted Jesus to conquer the Roman oppressors and establish a perfect political kingdom on earth in the power of the sword. But God is not to become as man but man is to become as God. The Pharisees walked in the darkness of their own thoughts and failed to see that Jesus is the light of the world. The question becomes for all, does Jesus fit into what we believe or do we believe Him as He is, God, and follow Him in faith upon His Word?

What we believe about Jesus will affect the judgment that we will receive. If we accept Jesus for who He is then we will escape condemnation but if we reject Jesus then we have already judged ourselves. The problem for many people is they think they know all about God and have false conceptions of what they think God should be. Because of this they cannot accept the truth of Jesus and are blinded by their false beliefs. This was the problem for the Pharisees that they could not accept the truth of Jesus because He did not fit into what they believed. Therefore they walked in the darkness of their own thoughts and failed to see that Jesus was the light of the world. “Then Jesus again spoke to them, saying, “I am the Light of the world; he who follows Me will not walk in the darkness, but will have the Light of life.” (John 8:12)

Thomas N Kirkpatrick

Durant Bible College April 23, 2015

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