FALLEN MAN SPIRITUALLY BLIND

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FALLEN MAN SPIRITUALLY BLIND (Ephesians 4:18)

A.W. Pink

Now this darkness which envelops the natural man is a moral one, having its seat in the soul. Our Saviour declared, “The light of the body is the eye: if therefore thine eye be single, thy whole body shall be full of light. But if thine eye be evil, thy whole body shall be full of darkness. If therefore the light that is in thee be darkness, how great is that darkness!” (Matt. 6:22-23). The heart is the same to the soul as the eye is to the body.

As a sound eye lets in natural light, so a good heart lets in spiritual light; and AS A BLIND EYE SHUTS OUT NATURAL LIGHT, SO AN EVIL HEART SHUTS OUT SPIRITUAL LIGHT. Accordingly we find the apostle expressly ascribing the darkness of the understanding to the blindness of the heart. He represents all men as “having the understanding darkened, being alienated from the life of God through the ignorance that is in them, because of the BLINDNESS OF THEIR HEART” (Eph. 4:18).

While sinners remain under the entire dominion of a wicked heart they are altogether blind to the spiritual excellence of the character, the works and the ways of God. “Hear now this, O foolish people, and without understanding; which have eyes, and see not; which have ears, and hear not” (Jer. 5:21). The natural man is blind. This awful fact was affirmed again and again by our Lord as He addressed hypocritical scribes thus: “blind leaders of the blind,” “ye blind guides,” “thou blind Pharisee” (Matt. 15:14; 23:24, 26). Paul said: “The god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not” (2 Cor. 4:4).

There is in the unregenerate mind an incompetence, an incapacity, an inability to understand the things of the Spirit; and Christ’s repeated miracle in restoring sight to the naturally blind was designed to teach us our imperative need of the same divine power recovering spiritual vision to our souls.

A question has been raised as to whether this blindness of the natural man is partial or total, whether it is simply a defect of vision or whether he has no vision at all. The nature of his disease may best be defined as spiritual myopia or shortsightedness. He is able to see clearly objects which are nearby, but distant ones lie wholly beyond the range of his vision. In other words, the mind’s eye of the sinner is capable of perceiving natural things, but he has no ability to see spiritual things. Holy Writ states that the one who “lacketh these things,” namely, the graces of faith, virtue, knowledge, and so forth, mentioned in 2 Peter 1:5-7, is “blind, and cannot see afar off” (v. 9). The Book therefore urges him to receive “eyesalve” from Christ, that he may see (Rev. 3:18).

For this very purpose the Son of God came into the world: to give “deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind” (Luke 4:18). Concerning those who are the subjects of this miracle of grace it is said, “Ye were sometimes darkness, but now are ye light in the Lord” (Eph. 5:8). This is the fulfillment of our Lord’s promise: “I am the light of the world: HE THAT FOLLOWETH ME SHALL NOT WALK IN DARKNESS, but shall have the light of life” (John 8:12).

God is light, therefore those who are alienated from Him are in COMPLETE SPIRITUAL DARKNESS. They do not see the frightful danger to which they are exposed. Though they are led captive by Satan from day to day and year to year, they are totally unaware of his malignant influence over them. They are blind to the nature and tendency of their religious performances, failing to perceive that no matter how earnestly they engage in them, they cannot be acceptable to God while their minds are at enmity against Him. They are blind to the way and means of recovery.

THE AWFUL THING IS THAT THE NATURAL MAN IS QUITE BLIND TO THE BLINDNESS OF HIS HEART which is insensibly leading him to “the blackness of darkness forever” (Jude 13). That is why the vast majority live so securely and peacefully. It has always appeared strange to the godly why the ungodly can be so unconcerned while under sentence of death, and conduct themselves so frivolously and gaily while exposed to the wrath to come.

John was surprised to see the wicked spending their days in carnality and feasting. David was grieved at the prosperity of the wicked and could not account for their not being in trouble as other men. Amos was astonished to behold the sinners in Zion living at ease, putting the evil day far from them, lying on beds of ivory. Nothing but their SPIRITUAL BLINDNESS can explain the conduct of the vast majority of mankind, crying peace and safety when exposed to IMPENDING DESTRUCTION.

 

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2 thoughts on “FALLEN MAN SPIRITUALLY BLIND

  1. HELLO MIKE,PRAISE BE TO THE ONLY SOVEREIGN GOD.SO MANY PEOPLE AROUND ARE SO UNCONCERNED THAT THEY ARE UNDER THE WRATH OF A HOLY GOD.OH LORD JESUS,OH HOLY SPIRIT THANK YOU FOR GIVING SPIRITUAL LIFE TO A HELL DESERVING SINNER.TOTALLY DEPRAVED,I WAS AND IF IT WERE NOR FOR GODS GRACE I STILL WOULD BE DEAD IN MY TRESPASSES AND SINS.HOW COULD A HOLY GOD EVER SAVE SUCH AS ME WHILE PEOPLE ALL AROUND ME ARE STILL DECEIVED.BY GODS GRACE I WILL CONTINUE TO CONTEND FOR THE TRUE GOSPEL,MAY I WALK WORTHY TO BE CALLED A TRUE DISCIPLE OF THE LORD JESUS CHRIST.THANK YOU MIKE,MAY GODS WILL BE DONE IN YOUR HEART AND LIFE.Paula Sauls

    • Thank you for your encouraging words, dear Paula. I praise God for you and pray that the good Lord will lead and guide you in all that you do for Him in the days to come. May He be glorified in your life.

      Here is a quote from the beloved Spurgeon –

      “WHO maketh us to differ? Why is it that I this day am not sitting down a callous hearer, hardened under the gospel? Why am I not at this very hour hearing the Word with my outward ear but rejecting it in my inward heart? Why is it that I have not been suffered to reject the invitation of Christ to despise his grace—to go on, Sunday after Sunday, hearing the Word and yet being like the deaf adder to it?

      Oh, HAVE I MADE MYSELF TO DIFFER? God forbid that such a proud, blaspheming thought should defile our hearts. No, beloved;

      “‘Twas the same love which spread the feast,
      That sweetly forced us in;
      Else we had still refused to taste,
      And perished in our sin.”

      The only reason, my brother/sister, why thou art at this time an heir of God, a joint-heir with Christ, a partaker of sweet fellowship with Jesus, an inheritor of the kingdom of heaven, is because HE hath made thee to differ. Thou wast an heir of wrath, even as others, born in sin and shapen in iniquity. Therefore must thou give all the glory to his holy name, and cry—”Not unto us, not unto us, but unto Thy name be all the praise.” Even this one thought when fully masticated and digested might feed up our gratitude and make us humbly bow before the footstool of God’s throne with joyful thanksgiving.”

      Amen! ❤

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