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Samuel A Cain“The natural person does not accept the things of the Spirit of God, for they are folly to him, and he is not able to understand them because they are spiritually discerned.” (1 Corinthians 2:14 ESV)

John Newton gave us the lyrics to the beautiful hymn, “Amazing Grace”:

“Amazing Grace, how sweet the sound,
That saved a wretch like me.
I once was lost but now am found,
Was blind, but now I SEE.” 

In the Bible, blindness is a metaphor representing the spiritual inability of man to see God’s truth. Like a physically blind man who cannot see the face of another, the spiritually blind man cannot see the holiness, grace, and the glory of God. He cannot see Jesus Christ as Savior. The spiritually blind man may see what is written in the Scriptures, but he cannot spiritually understand it. The Bible teaches, “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.” (2 Corinthians 4:4 ESV) That is, these spiritual things remain unseen until one is born again.

GracePraise God! He has made a way for men to come to Him through His Son, Jesus Christ. The grace of God has made this possible. Salvation from sin and the wrath of God has been given through Jesus Christ. On the cross where Jesus died, Christ confronted the sins of humanity at their very worst. In rising from the dead, Jesus broke the bondage that blinds us from seeing the light of God. Jesus said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” (John 8:12 ESV) God has commanded the light to shine out of the darkness to give men the knowledge of the glory of God in Jesus Christ. (2 Corinthians 4:6 ESV)

When a man is born again, he finds himself in a new relationship with God that is only possible through Jesus Christ. He begins to see the world with new eyes. He desires to spend time in the presence of God because of his faith in Jesus Christ. He desires to pray and read the Scriptures. He seeks fellowship with other Christians. He begins to build a new life of the spirit in this physical world based on Jesus Christ, grace, and the spiritual truths that allow him to see the kingdom of God. His eyes are now opened and have turned from darkness to light and from the power of Satan to the power of Christ. (Acts 26:18)

T’was Grace that taught my heart to fear.
And Grace, my fears relieved.
How precious did that Grace appear
The hour I first believed.



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