“Spiritual blindness, more than physical blindness – a state that no one should ever get into – deprives its victims from the recognition and perceptiveness of spiritual realities” – Prosper Anang
What’s Spiritual Blindness?
What I call “blindness”, within the context of this post, is a state of “sightlessness or loss of sight”.
It’s a spiritual condition of lack of spiritual insight, which deprives a person from recognizing and discerning spiritual things.
It’s a spiritual condition that shades its victims from the reality that something may be right physically, yet spiritually incorrect.
What God’s Word tells us about Isaac in Genesis 27:1, 23 leaves us with a summary of what spiritual blindness represents: “1 And it came to pass, that when Isaac was old, and his eyes were dim, so that he could not see, he called Esau his eldest son, and said unto him, My son: and he said unto him, Behold, here am I. 23 And HE DISCERNED HIM NOT, because his hands were hairy, as his brother Esau’s hands: so he blessed him”.
Isaac had two challenges here: first, his eyes were dim. This meant that physically, he had difficulty seeing. Second, he couldn’t discern that Jacob wasn’t Esau. His inability to discern stemmed from his lack of spiritual insightfulness. Even though his eyes were dimed physically, he was still expected to discern Jacob’s deception spiritually. The reason why he couldn’t was because he had lost his spiritual perceptivity.
Dear friend, one thing I want you to know is that the fact that you’re physically challenged doesn’t imply in any way that you’re spiritually grounded, except if you choose to be grounded. So it’s a matter of choice. In the case of Isaac he chose to allow his physical inability to see clearly to impede his spiritual capability to discern falsehood.
What Was Jesus’ Take on the Issue?
He was straightforward. Amongst others, Jesus taught two particular things about spiritual blindness:
First, the Primary Cause of Spiritual Blindness
Jesus said spiritual blindness is a spiritual condition that’s caused by a life of inconsistency with revealed biblical truth, which doesn’t stem from the unavailability of the Word, but from mental laziness.
He personally said to the Sadducees that “Your ERROR is caused by your ignorance of the Scriptures and God’s power!” [Matthew 22:29 TLB]
Second, the Consequences of Spiritual Blindness
While speaking to the Sadducees, whose question in Matthew 22:23-29 was prompted by their inconsistency with revealed biblical truth, Jesus pointed out that one of the major consequences of spiritual blindness is an inevitable display of an-error-bound life [Matthew 22:29 TLB].
Also, in Matthew 15:14, Jesus said that spiritual blindness will lead to a lifetime of spiritual dilapidation.
Jesus witnessed these during His earthly ministry with His then disciples, who fell from the faith, deserted Him, simply because they weren’t consistent with the truth Jesus had shared with them. John 6:60, 66
Jesus turned to the other disciples and asked if they wanted to also desert Him, but given the insight they had already caught by being with Jesus, they refused to leave. Speaking for the disciples, Peter said “Lord, to whom shall we go? Thou hast the words of eternal life” [John 6:68].
What of the Apostles?
In addition to what Jesus taught about the cause of spiritual blindness, Peter tells us further that it’s caused by an insatiable quest for special interpretation of scriptures without the guidance of the Holy Spirit. Such an attitude results to the twisting of scriptures. 2 Peter 3:15-16 [TLB].
As a matter of fact Paul told Timothy about spiritual blindness when he said: “Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils” [1 Timothy 4:1-8].
Paul’s focus here was to teach Timothy about the symptoms of a life that’s spiritually blind. Paying close attention to what Paul told Timothy here will help you to know whether you’re walking in spiritual blindness or not.
You see, everything Paul said here was in line with what Jesus taught about knowing people by their fruit; and how a good tree can’t produce bad fruits, likewise a bad tree can’t produce good fruits, according to Matthew 12:33-37.
In his first letter to the Christians in Corinth, Paul tells us the following: “And I, brethren, could not speak unto you as unto spiritual, but as unto carnal, even as unto babes in Christ. I have fed you with milk, and not with meat: for hitherto ye were not able to bear it, neither yet now are ye able. For ye are yet carnal: for whereas there is among you envying, and strife, and divisions, are ye not carnal, and walk as men? For while one saith, I am of Paul; and another, I am of Apollos; are ye not carnal? [1 Corinthians 3:1-4].
Why Does the Bible Teach about the Need to be Spiritually Insightful?
For two reasons:
- Life is more spiritual than physical
“Physical training is good, but training for godliness is much better, promising benefits in this life and in the life to come” [1Timothy 4:8]
- Spiritual insightfulness grants us unlimited and uninterrupted access to revelation knowledge of God.
Jesus tells us this by Himself: “I have yet many things to say unto you, but ye cannot bear them now. Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come” [John 16:12-13].
Two Causes of Spiritual Blindness
- Inconsistency with biblical truths.
- Lack of understanding of Scriptures, due to non-committal attitude to the Word.
The Cure for Spiritual Blindness is SPIRITUAL EDUCATION, which comes as a result of our consistency with the Word. As someone who had been with Jesus, and speaking by the Holy Spirit, Peter leaves us with the following counsel: “So we have seen and proved that what the prophets said came true. You will do well to PAY CLOSE ATTENTION TO EVERYTHING THEY HAVE WRITTEN, for, like lights shining into dark corners, their words help us to understand many things that otherwise would be dark and difficult. But when you consider the wonderful truth of the prophets’ words, then the light will dawn in your souls and Christ the Morning Star will shine in your hearts” [2 Peter 1:19 TLB].
In order not to be caught into the web of erroneous interpretation of God’s Word, I’d strongly recommend you consistently pray like the Psalmist “Open thou mine eyes, that I may behold wondrous things out of thy WORD” [Psalm 119:18].
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