This is a constant subject here in this blog because it is hard for me to understand why many of us in this ERA of the church are seen by God as blind.
I wrote about what I think the answer is in part at least in the post: Could this be the answer to Laodicea’s Blindness?
In that article Peter was saying to us that we need to add to our faith 7 things that would guarantee our salvation and if we did not we would be blind.
2Pe 1:8 For if these things be in you, and abound, they make you that ye shall neither be barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.
2Pe 1:9 But he that lacketh these things is blind, and cannot see afar off, and hath forgotten that he was purged from his old sins.
2Pe 1:10 Wherefore the rather, brethren, give diligence to make your calling and election sure: for if ye do these things, ye shall never fall:
Verse 9 above seems to be referring back to verse 8. I believe that it is saying that we would become blind to the Knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. It goes on to say that with the blindness we would not be able to see afar off.
Perhaps this is talking about how we need to keep our minds focused on Christ and the coming Kingdom of God. That we will forget that we were cleansed from our old sins if we do not.
Notice the Greek word that represents “cannot see afar off”:
From a compound of the base of G3466 and ωψōps (the face: from G3700); to shut the eyes, that is, blink (see indistinctly): – cannot see afar off.
Notice that it can mean “to shut the eyes” it is almost like you will not want to see afar off. We don’t want to see Christ returning so we keep our minds focused on earthly things instead of God’s Kingdom.
We begin to think that because we have all this knowledge about God and His Plan that we have all that we need. This puts us into a situation where there is no growth.
But look again at the 7 things that Peter said would correct that:
- Brotherly Kindness(gentleness/meekness)
These are the things that correct that if we have them in abundance in our lives. I think that I will do a series on each of these things that we are told to add to our faith. Maybe it will help a few of us at least to open our eyes so that we can once again see God’s Kingdom and our part in it. And to see clearly the “knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.”
If you look closely at these things you will find that they mirror the fruits of God’s Spirit. Each of us has been given that Spirit and we should be showing these fruits in our lives.
Gal 5:22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith,
Gal 5:23 Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.
Gal 5:24 And they that are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts.
Gal 5:25 If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit.
Perhaps then we can hear clearly Christ knocking on our Door and open to Him so He can come in and teach/sup with us.
(Rev 3:19) As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent.
(Rev 3:20) Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me.