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Part 106: Does Satan Blind Those Who Do Not See That The Old Covenant Was Temporary 

(II Corinthians 3: 13)

 

 

Greetings Brethren,

 

Peace be unto you. We come as always thanking our Father God which art in Heaven and to His Son of the divine Christ Jesus and for the indwelling of the Holy Spirit.

 

Brethren this maybe one of the most important essays in this series. Here we find some scriptural answers for the behavior and conduct of many Preachers, Teachers and those that claim to follow Christ but act out the ways of Satan.

 

Peace and Love, Carl A. Patton a willing servant of Almighty God in service to Christ Jesus writing for the Freedom Journal May 6, 2007.

 

In the name of God, Master of the universe, Ruler of the earth

 

Can Satan blind those that want to see Christ? God will not leave are forsake us. Therefore those that become blind to the faith do so in a willful act.  Follow us to the Bible and we will see.

 

II Corinthians 3: 13: “And not as Moses, which put a veil over his face, that the children of Israel could not steadfastly look to the end of that which is abolished.” (See Exodus 34: 33-35 and Romans 10: 4).

 

Paul as he explains the glory and transition to the New Covenant also mentions some contrasts between the Old and the New. For example he looked at the veil of Moses in a figurative sense. Meanwhile the Old Covenant although glorious was to be done away but the children of Israel did not would not accept this fact. The truth that the Old would be abolished is a manner of blindness. However Paul would continue to boldly preach the Truth of the Gospel. Now go with us to Galatians.

 

Galatians 3: 23: “But before faith came, we were kept under the law, shut up unto faith which would afterwards be revealed.” (Also see Galatians 3: 19).

 

Faith refers to the Gospel of Christ. This distinguishes it from the Law of Moses. We now move by our hearts and not hands of work that could never properly atone for sin. But with Christ Jesus in our hearts our minds move in righteousness.

 

II Corinthians 3: 14: “But their minds were blinded: for until this day remaineth the same veil untaken away in the reading of the old testament; which veil is done away in Christ.”

 

Paul continues to use the veil of Moses in a figurative sense. He now compares it to the Jewish unbelief in the temporary use of the Old Covenant and the permanent use of the New under Christ.

 

Paul now as he specifically looks to his day and we look to today –he remarks that even down to the day of the Apostles when the Jews read the Old Testament that veil prevented them from the glory of the Old Covenant which ended under Christ. In Isaiah 6: 10 we see the people were blind to Truth also see Isaiah 53: 1 where the prophesy of the coming Christ is noted however the people of Israel for the most part remained blind. For the record Paul and most of the missionaries were Jews that were not blind to Truth as they accepted the Gospel.

 

Now follow us to the Gospel of John where we will begin to clearly see how those who profess the love of Christ become blind. At John in the 12th Division verses 38-43 we see scripture that reveal that many people do not believe in Jesus. This was true then and it is still evident today.

 

John 12: 40:” He hath blinded their eyes, and hardened their heart; that they should not see with their eyes, nor understand with their heart, and be converted, and I should heal them”

 

God would never form us to do wrong. Thus we move by free will. You have to want to please God and not man. Meanwhile God the Creator knows the future thus He knows our future actions far in advance. So God inspired His Prophets to write about it hence the prophecy noted earlier from Isaiah.

 

Meanwhile the Jews (many) had deliberately closed their eyes and hardened their hearts against the light of God’s truth. In this state of mind they were blind but it was a willing blindness. Since it did not come from God it was inspired by Satan. But we will go further to reveal the role of God in those that deliberately close their eyes to Truth.

 

Romans 11: 7: “What then? Israel hath not obtained that which he seeketh for; but the election hath obtained it, and the rest are blinded.”

 

Paul notes that Israel had not obtained what they sought because they sought to obtain it through the works of the law. Therefore they failed to realize and accept it through the faith of the Gospel. The phrase “rest were blinded…” Israel as a whole was hardened by the prejudice against Christ. Are the Preachers today prejudiced against Christ when they deny the role of the Gospel?

 

Now for our concluding cross-reference turn to the next Chapter in II Corinthians. All verses 1-14 pertain to Satan blinding and Christ giving Light.

 

II Corinthians 4: 4: “In whom the god of this world hath blinded them which believe not, least the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them,”

 

The people that are lost hid from the Gospel. However God is not at fault. Because it is due to their own blind unbelief. The god of the world is Satan see: Luke 4: 6; John 12: 31; 14: 30; 16: 11; and Ephesians 2: 2.

 

Satan does not want anyone to be influenced by the gospel. Those that seek the Gospel will seek to be Christ-like and reject Satan. In conclusion there is an acceptance and willful attitude among those that embrace Satan. Christ does not make are allow those of us in the flesh to be perfect but He does allow us to distinguish good from bad.

 

To do this we must daily walk in the Spirit offering sincere prayers and moving with love and compassion in our hearts keeping God and Christ first and not man.

 

Cont. Part 107: Will The Heart and Mind of Israel and the Unsaved Turn to Christ

(II Corinthians 3: 16).

 

 

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