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Monday, July 3, 2017

The Glorious Light Of The Gospel

  • Scripture Passage Being Examined:
          -"Rather, we have renounced shameful, hidden things; not acting deceitfully or falsifying the word of God, but by the open declaration of the truth we commend ourselves to everyone's conscience in the sight of God. And even though our gospel is veiled, it is veiled for those who are perishing, in whose case the god of this age has blinded the minds of unbelievers, so that they may not see the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God." (2 Corinthians 4:2-4)
  • Commentary On 2 Corinthians 4:2-4:
          -The gospel is not merely a bunch of unintelligible nonsense, but rather is a lucid, powerful guide that leads all who hunger and thirst for righteousness on the path to eternal life with our Lord Jesus Christ in heaven. It serves as a spiritual compass that points the lost in the direction of God who is in the heavenly sanctuary. The proclamation of the gospel contains no falsehood. The gospel is not based on mythological accounts. This divine revelation from God is the way of holiness. However, there are still many people in this world who do not appear to be capable of accepting Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. This inability to grasp simple spiritual truths is a sure sign of taking the path to eternal condemnation. It means that a person has poor spiritual heath. It means that our hearts are not right with God. In order to inherit the kingdom of God, we must be born again. We must accept what the Lord has accomplished on our behalf. We must allow the Holy Spirit to transform our lives. We must experience genuine conversion of heart. People are lost not because the truth of the gospel is in some way lost, perverted, ambiguous, or imperfect, but rather that the devil has placed a veil of sin over their eyes. They have inability to discern truth from error because their consciences have been darkened by the stains of sin. The unrepentant and unbelieving do not see the light of the gospel of the glory of Jesus Christ, who is God incarnate, because their ways stand in contradiction to His statutes. In order to see by the infinite power of God's grace, the lost need to put on the glasses of faith by standing in complete conformity to His divine will. The glorious light of the gospel shines on those who are free from the power of the devil.