The most basic definition of blindness is the inability to see what is right in front of you. Sight is one of the abilities of man which Christ came to restore.
“The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me,
Because He has anointed Me
To preach the gospel to the poor;
He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted,
To proclaim liberty to the captives
And recovery of sight to the blind,
To set at liberty those who are oppressed; (Luke 4:18 NKJV)
I thank YESHUA HAMASHIACH for healing my eyes. I once was blind but now I see. Hallelujah!! Satan stole man’s sight once and he believes he can do it again. I know this because he actively tries to steal my sight. Satan is always trying to convince me that what is right in front of me is really not there. In the garden of Eden, the love of GOD was right before Adam and Eve in all the provision and beauty around them, but Satan was able to convince them that YAHWEH’s love was not there. GOD told Adam that if he ate of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil he would die. Satan convinced Adam and Eve that GOD was lying though it is impossible for GOD to lie because He is Truth.
This blindness inflicted by Satan is real. I know men who are still blind today and I see them denying things that are right in front of them. For instance, a brother plainly stated the other day that there has never been anyone perfect except for Jesus Christ. I gave him this scripture:
And the Lord said unto Satan, Hast thou considered my servant Job, that there is none like him in the earth, a perfect and an upright man, one that feareth God, and escheweth evil? (Job 1:8 KJV)
He read the scripture and proceeded to try and convince me that his statement was not false and that I was not really seeing what was right before my eyes. If I had told him to get back to me once he had found a scripture that said precisely what he had stated, that would have ended that exchange. Not really, this brother is like Rocky Balboa, I’m like, “Stay down,” but he keeps coming back…Lol
Here is another scripture men tend not see.
31 Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed; 32 And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free. (John 8:31-33 KJV)
I know many people who confess that they believe the gospel of Christ, but they will argue vehemently that they and everyone else are still in bondage to sin and that it is impossible for men not to sin on earth. There are even examples in scripture where Christ healed people and then said to them, “Go and sin no more.” Even with all this in plain sight men still can’t see the truth. Satan is blinding them by keeping them from knowing the truth, because as Christ said if they will know the truth then they would be made free. Instead, they know lies, and these lies keep them bound and hinder them from seeing. I have even tried to give these people a pathway to freedom by explaining that holy scripture does not contradict itself, so if your doctrine creates conflicts with scripture, it is your understanding not scripture that needs adjusting. Instead of reexamining their understanding, they will twist and contort scripture until it fits their understanding.
Here is a statement from the Apostle Paul that men often twist to argue for their bondage while freedom is right in front of them.
For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God; (Romans 3:23 KJV)
Now this scripture plainly says that all men have sinned however, men twist it to say all men will sin. I have explained to people that Paul is trying to convince the Jews who are still relying on their righteousness through the law of their need for Christ, but the actual context of this scripture is totally dismissed. All men have pooped on themselves and that is a fact no one can deny, but does that infer that all men will continue to poop in their pants, of course not, we are not babies any longer (no harm meant to those who suffer from incontinence). I know that was a crude analogy but it is not as filthy as the acts men try to justify by the twisting of scripture. I will add that the Apostle Paul goes on to say that sin does not have dominion over us.
17 But God be thanked that though you were slaves of sin, yet you obeyed from the heart that form of doctrine to which you were delivered. 18 And having been set free from sin, you became slaves of righteousness. (Romans 6:17-18 NKJV)
If Paul had written that men would always be captive to sin then this later verse would be a contradiction, but it isn’t, it just confirms the correct interpretation of his writing. Men still can’t see this though it is right before their eyes. If I told those who believe it is impossible for man to be perfect and to live free from sin, even after the advent of Christ, not to open their mouths again until they can find a valid scripture which substantiates their belief, they would drop dead of starvation first.
The worse thing about this whole predicament is that these men can’t receive the gift of sight from the truth of Christ because they believe they can see just fine as they are. They believe they are covered in their false doctrine, but they are yet naked not having excepted the wedding garments of Christ. I will close with a revealing scripture from the book of Revelations, I hope you can see it.
14 And unto the angel of the church of the Laodiceans write; These things saith the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the beginning of the creation of God; 15 I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot: I would thou wert cold or hot. 16 So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth. 17 Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked: 18 I counsel thee to buy of me gold tried in the fire, that thou mayest be rich; and white raiment, that thou mayest be clothed, and that the shame of thy nakedness do not appear; and anoint thine eyes with eyesalve, that thou mayest see. 19 As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent. (Revelation 3:14-19 AKJV)