February 3 – Believe to See

“And even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing. 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 4:3-4 (ESV)

When hear of a horrible act we might hear some say “I can’t believe what this world is coming to.” We like to remember; we like to think our world was a better world, more fair and more just “back then.” Not so for there have always been those who serve the enemy of Jesus Christ. This verse is the Apostle Paul’s response and defense against the false claims and lies that were stirring up the believers in Corinth. Some self-named super-apostles were nothing but troublemakers working against Paul’s message of the Gospel of Jesus.  By arguing that all people by nature look for the truth and strive to do good, their assertion was if the message is rejected it is because it is not true or not delivered properly by the right messengers. Paul sets the facts out that when the gospel is not believed by those to whom it is preached, the ‘god of this world’ (John 12:31)  had veiled the light of the gospel and it could not be understood. Their unbelief was aided by Satan, the god of this Age (Ephesians. 2:2). Although defeated by Christ (Hebrews. 2:14), the enemy Satan continues his hold over the present world.