I’m continuing my series through the book of 2 Corinthians. Paul is talking about his ministry. It’s a ministry of power because the Holy Spirit is working through him.
It’s the power of the Holy Spirit that gets the attention of the world around us. That’s how we become a “light in the darkness”.
And even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing. The god of this age has blinded the minds of unbelievers, so that they cannot see the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God.
2 Corinthians 4:3-4
We as believers should be reflecting the light of Christ to the dark world around us. The Bible says that those in darkness hate the light. What does that mean? Sometimes if they see the light of Christ clearly in us, it may make them uncomfortable.
Those who have been reading this blog for any length of time know that I’m an avid hiker. During some seasons, I’ll go out for a week at a time.
The first time I went on a solo hike, sleeping alone in the woods, it was a different experience. I set up my tent and when the sun went down I went to sleep. I had no clue that this would be one of the strangest nights of my life.
Around two o’clock in the morning, I woke up startled. It was as if I was in the center of a huge spotlight. The full moon was directly over me. I could see right through my thin, nylon tent as if it wasn’t even there.
I could see the trees, rocks, and everything around me as clear as day. I felt exposed and uncomfortable as I looked around. I’m very glad that there were no large animals near the tent!
This is the same effect as what happens in the spiritual realm when we reflect Christ. When you’re used to living in spiritual darkness, the light makes you uncomfortable. It exposes things that you’d rather not see. It shows you your true condition.
Satan makes full use of this effect. He uses this discomfort with the light, the conviction of the Holy Spirit, to get unbelievers to close their eyes to the truth.
Please take note of the fact that the enemy is called the god of this age. That means that there’s a time limit on his ability to act.
This verse tells us that unbelievers are given blinders if they want them. The Scripture says that if they persist in their unbelief, the enemy will give them blinders so that the light will not beam out to them.
This light is coming from the Good News of Christ – the Anointed One. The light is the glory of His presence within us.
Unbelievers are blinded to the light if they choose to believe the lies of the enemy. That’s why it’s now our job is to get them to take the blinders off. That’s a big assignment. It can only be accomplished in the power of the Spirit.
That’s why our ministry can’t be done in our own strength. Time in the presence of the Lord is what will empower me to cut through the blinders of the enemy. Only then will they see the glory of the Gospel of Christ.
Question: How have you experienced unbelievers becoming uncomfortable in the presence of the truth?
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May 4, 2020 at 8:23 PM
Great word! I love the reminder that Satan is the god of this age. His season will come to an end! Thanks!