It’s Decmeber. Yikes. How did THAT happen?! I promise to blog more this month…really!
I was in 2 Cor 4:4-6 this morning one of my all-time favorite sections of scripture:
4In their case the god of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelievers,
to keep them from seeing the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God.
5For what we proclaim is not ourselves, but Jesus Christ as Lord, with ourselves as your servants for Jesus’ sake.
6For God, who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,”
has shone in our hearts
to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.
I read this and I was like, “blinded the minds…to keep them from seeing…” Wouldn’t that be more like ‘blinded the eyes…to keep from seeing?’ I mean we don’t see with our minds do we?
I also noticed the parallel in v6 — “to give the light of the knowledge”… knowledge being represented as light…something that you can see perhaps an ‘enlightening?’
There must be then a difference between seeing something and “seeing” something – like when you are trying to explain something to someone and they finally get it and say “Oh…I see what you are saying now.” Piper nails this in “God is the Gospel” in the chapter on ‘The Gospel – the glory of Christ the image of God.’ He says this:
The point here is this: the glory of God in Christ, revealed through the gospel, is a real, objective light that must be spiritually seen in order for there to be salvation. If it’s not seen- spiritually tasted as glorious and precious- Satatn has his way and there is no salvation
Just like in v6, the Creator God created the world and said let light shine out of darkness, creates life in us – new spiritual life. Just like he said “let there be light” in Genesis, he says “Let there be light” in our hearts and we have an “A-HA” moment. (Not the 80’s band…but a moment of enlightenment) We finally get it. We finally see that the light of the Gospel is the knowledge of the Glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.