Friday, February 13, 2015

2 Corinthians 4:3-6 God's Light in Darkness

2 Cor 4:3-6 And even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled only to those who are perishing. In 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. For what we proclaim is not ourselves, but Jesus Christ as Lord, with ourselves as your servants for Jesus' sake. For 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. 

Paul explains that Satan, “the god of this world”, has blinded unbelievers from seeing Jesus Christ as Lord. So in evangelism, it's not just about new communication strategy, but an old spiritual warfare against an ancient enemy. To war against this unseen enemy who has blinded unbelievers so they cannot see or enter, we have to use spiritual weapons, not carnal ones. Our spiritual weapons are prayer, the gospel and the power of the Holy Spirit.

The gospel is the light that reveals the "glory of Christ" (v. 4). One of the guests who came to our Alpha Intro Dinner is steeped in Buddhism. He explained that he could not "get in" to the Christian faith, even though he has no objection to it. Though he agreed with what was shared at the Intro Dinner, and even agreed that Christianity is good, he said that he could not get into the Christian faith. He spoke as though his mind has been blocked by some unseen force. Despite his openness to the faith, he felt his coming to the Alpha would be in vain since he couldn't "get in". Satan has blinded him to the gospel.

Nevertheless, I believe his spiritual eye can be opened by the power of the Spirit and prayer. As Christ’s servants, our goal in evangelism is to proclaim Jesus is Lord so that blind eyes may be opened and strongholds of the mind be overthrown: “We destroy arguments and every lofty opinion raised against the knowledge of God, and take every thought captive to obey Christ” (2 Cor 10:5). But our guest has to recognize his own spiritual condition and make a conscious decision to attend Alpha in order to allow God to open his heart so that the light of Christ's glory can break through into his blinded mind.

Father, I pray for every guest who came for our Alpha Intro Dinner who has not responded to come to Alpha. I pray that Your Holy will break through into their minds to create a hunger for Truth. Through Christ, Amen.

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