Seeing is Believing – Sight for the Blind
We have seen that Christianity is a revealed religion. God has chosen to make himself known by stepping into his creation in the person of Jesus Christ. Spiritual truth is spiritually revealed. (1 Corinthians 2:14)
Consider how the apostle Paul describes God’s calling: ‘I am sending you to them (the Gentiles) to open their eyes and turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan to God, so that they may receive forgiveness of sins and a place among those who are made holy by faith into me’. (Acts 26:18)
Paul tells us that the god of this world (Satan) has blinded the minds of unbelievers so that they cannot see who Jesus is (2 Corinthians 4:4). However the good news is that when a person turns to the Lord the veil is removed, the blind see (2 Corinthians 3:16). This is an important aspect of healing because we are blind to the truth of the gospel until we turn to the Lord and put our trust in Him.
One day, during the time I was at theological college, we had a time of sharing about how we had come to faith in Christ. I remember our theology tutor saying that though he could not name the day when he became a believer what he could say was: ‘Whereas I was blind, now I can see’.
There came a very important day in the life of Jesus and his disciples: it marked a turning point in his ministry. It was the day they came to Caesarea Philippi: the day Jesus asked his disciples: “What do people make of me? Who do people say that I am?” Peter’s answer was “You are the Christ, the Son of the Living God”. “Well done,” said Jesus “You’ve seen it. This was not revealed to you by man but by my Father in heaven. And I tell you that you are Peter and on this rock I will build my Church.”
The Church would grow as unbelievers became believers by putting their trust in Jesus and coming to see his true significance. This points to the importance of the ministry of the evangelist whose task is to help people become believers. This is a very important ministry because it results in the new birth and the gift of eternal life. It is like being born again. For more about this see John 3:1 – 8. Notice that the new birth is a work of the Holy Spirit. (John 3:6).