Two Kinds of Blindness

Sunday, July 31                      

There are some other interpretation problems in John 9.  Verse 39: “For judgment I have come into this world, so that the blind will see and those who see will become blind.”  This is not too much of a problem.  Those who have not heard the gospel are blind until they receive new revelation concerning God’s solution to the sin problem.  And those who think they have the whole truth and are closed to new revelation will become blind.  Verse 41:  “If you were blind, you would not be guilty of sin; but now that you claim you can see, your guilt remains.”  This is an enigmatic statement.  Were the Pharisees blind or not?  Jesus implies that they were not blind, yet he calls them blind in a number of other passages.  John 15:14.  “Leave them; they are blind guides.  If a blind man leads a blind man, both will fall into a pit.”  I think the answer is found in the phrase “will become blind” in verse 39.  Rejection of revealed truth results in a more serious kind of blindness, a blindness that affects one’s eternal destination.  There’s one more problem here—“your guilt remains.”  For those who respond positively to the gospel message, sin and guilt are forever banished.  For those who reject Jesus’ work of redemption on the cross, their sin nature remains, their guilt remains, and their judgment remains.  The above is a rather terse view of some difficult statements.  You may have to give it some thought, but I think you will agree with my conclusions in the end.

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