2 Corinthians 4:3, 4 - Sightless People.

2 Corinthians 4:3, 4 (NLT) If the Good News 
we preach is hidden behind a veil, it is hidden 
only from people who are perishing. 4 Satan, who 
is the god of this world, has blinded the minds 
of those who dont believe. They are unable 
to see the glorious light of the Good News. 
They dont understand this message about the 
glory of Christ, who is the exact likeness of God. 

2 Corinthians 4:3, 4 (MSG) If our Message is 
obscure to anyone, it's not because we're holding 
back in any way. No, it's because these other 
people are looking or going the wrong way and 
refuse to give it serious attention. 4 All they 
have eyes for is the fashionable god of darkness. 
They think he can give them what they want, and 
that they won't have to bother believing a Truth 
they can't see. They're stone-blind to the 
dayspring brightness of the Message that shines with 
Christ, who gives us the best picture of God we'll 
ever get.  


Minds. The battle between Christ and Satan 
is a battle for the minds of men (Rom. 7:23, 
25; 12:2; 2 Cor. 3:14; 11:3; Phil. 2:5; 4:7, 8). 
Satans principal work is to blind or darken mens 
minds. He does this by keeping them from the study 
of Gods Word, by deranging the powers of the 
mind through excesses of body and soul, by wholly 
occupying the mind with things of this life, and by 
appealing to pride and self-exaltation. [SDA Bible 


   From heavens viewpoint our earth is 
populated by sightless people. They do not see the 
meaning of life or the love of God. How else do we 
explain the confusion and chaos? How else do we 
explain the constant threat of world war, plagues of 
hunger, racism, and the holocaust of the unborn? 
Billions of people simply cannot see. The Scripture 
says, The devil who rules this world has 
blinded the minds of those who do not believe. They 
cannot see the light of the Good News - the Good 
News about the glory of Christ, who is exactly 
like God (2 Corinthians 4:4 NCV). 
   We need a spiritual ophthalmologist. We 
need Jesus to do for us what he did for the man 
on the side of the Jerusalem road. He restored 
his sight, and he will do the same for us. [Max 
Lucado Daily Devotional at maxlucado.com] 


   When you are blinded, you cannot see 
things as they really are, even though others 
around you see them clearly. You cannot experience 
the full reality of all that is around you. You 
may feel you are experiencing all that there is 
to life, yet you may be unaware that you are 
missing what God desires for you. You may even be in 
danger because of your blindness and not know it.  
   Paul warned that the god of this 
age can blind you to the reality of Jesus 
Christ. Christs presence can make a significant 
difference in your life. However, if Satan convinces 
you to doubt that Christ can do what He 
promised, he will have blinded you to the reality of 
what your life is really like and to what it 
could become. Others may see what your unbelief 
causes you to miss, but you will be unaware of it. 
Your life may be steadily moving toward disaster, 
but you will be oblivious to it.  
   Christ comes to you as light (John 1:4, 
5, 9). He illuminates your sin so that you see 
its ugliness and destructiveness. He reveals 
Himself so that you can appreciate the glory of His 
person and the marvelous riches He brings. His 
presence lights your path so that you can see 
impending danger. Dont let the god of this age 
distort your spiritual vision. Dont be fooled 
into thinking that everything is as it should be 
when, in fact, you are missing out on so much that 
God wants to do in your life. Ask Christ to 
illuminate your life and let you clearly see your 
spiritual condition. [Experiencing God Day by Day by 
Henry and Richard Blackaby] 

Donald Barnhouse wrote a book called The 
Invisible War. In it he pictured spiritual armies of 
good and evil conducting their warfare on the 
battleground of history. This warfare is being conducted 
yet today, with Satan struggling to blind 
mans eyes to the Gospel, as God cries out, 
through the proclamation of Jesus, Let there be 
light! How foolish we are to rely on our skill to 
make a material difference in the invisible war. 
Yet God has in fact entrusted to us the most 
powerful weapon of all, the simple message of Jesus 
and His love. We can rely on the simple story. 
As Paul wrote to the Romans, it is the power 
of God for the salvation of everyone who 
believes (Rom. 1:16). [The 365-Day Devotional 

   A 2013 report by the Barna Group revealed 
that while nearly one-third of evangelical 
Christians believe they should share their faith, they 
hadnt done so in the past year. 
   Why do you think that is? I think the old 
adage the devil is in the details applies 
here. Satan does not want Christians to share 
their faith with anyone. In fact, he will do 
everything he can to keep us from doing it. 
   Know this: When youre not ashamed of 
the gospel and start looking for opportunities 
to engage people in evangelistic conversations, 
youll face satanic opposition in one way or 
   The devils objective is to blind and 
bind people for life. As 2 Corinthians 4:4 says, 
Satan, who is the god of this world, has blinded 
the minds of those who dont believe. They are 
unable to see the glorious light of the Good News. 
They dont understand this message about the 
glory of Christ, who is the exact likeness of 
God (NLT). 
   Our mission as followers of Christ is to 
lovingly engage people with the gospel. The apostle 
Paul told Timothy to gently instruct those who 
oppose the truth. Perhaps God will change those 
peoples hearts, and they will learn the truth. Then 
they will come to their senses and escape from 
the devils trap. For they have been held 
captive by him to do whatever he wants (2 Timothy 
2:25"26 NLT). 
   We need to redouble our efforts, because 
our nation seems to be coming apart at the 
seams. We wonder how we ever will put it back 
together again. 
   The reality is that it is not a political 
solution but a spiritual one. We need another 
spiritual awakening. And while the world needs to hear 
the gospel, the church needs to live it and be 
an example to the world. [Greg Laurie from 
Harvest Ministries; https://www.harvestdaily.com] 


   The richest treasure I offer you is the 
Light of the gospel of My Glory. This is what 
makes the gospel such amazingly good news. It 
opens the way to My Glory! 
   When you trusted Me as your Savior, I set 
your feet on a pathway to heaven. Forgiveness of 
sins and a future in heaven are wondrous 
blessings, but I have even more for you. I have made My 
Light shine in your heart to give you the Light of 
the knowledge of the Glory of My Face. I want 
you to seek My Face wholeheartedly, so you can 
enjoy the radiant knowledge of My glorious 
   "Knowledge" is a very rich word. Some of 
its meanings are: awareness acquired by 
experience or study and the sum of what has been 
perceived, discovered, or learned. So knowing Me 
involves awareness of Me - experiencing My Presence. 
It also involves perceiving Me. The god of this 
age has blinded the minds of unbeliever; but you 
can know Me through perceiving the Light of My 
Glory! (2Co. 4:4, 6; Psa. 27:8) [Jesus Always by 
Sarah Young] 


2 Corinthians 4:6-7 - Shine Jesus Shine!



If anyone has a paraphrase, commentary or 
testimony on this passage of Scripture, either 
personal or otherwise, I would be interested in 
hearing from you.  Thanks in advance and let's keep 
uplifting Jesus that all might be drawn to Him. Fred 


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