“But even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing, whose minds the god of this age has blinded, who do not believe, lest the light of the Gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine on them.”
2 Corinthians 4:3–4, NKJV
Imagine for a moment someone asked to blindfold you for the rest of your life. It would completely block all light, and you wouldn't be able to remove it. You would still have to take a shower, get dressed, drive to work, perform well at your job, make dinner, parent your children, and everything else you normally do. Any volunteers? I didn't think so. Our sight, the ability to see light, is too valuable to sacrifice.
As scary as it may be, this is happening every day to billions. It may even be happening to you and/or loved ones! The difference is that the "light" is the glory of God, the "blindfold" is a spiritual veil being placed over minds, and the one attempting to put it on is the "god of the world", the devil.
The apostle Paul wrote his second letter to the Corinthian Church revealing the Gospel, the Good News of Jesus' victory over sin and death, hasn't been hidden, but has been manifested to all. He goes on to reveal that those who do not receive the Gospel have had their minds blinded by the devil preventing them from seeing the "...light of the Gospel of the glory of Christ".
What is this light? It's the "light of the Gospel of the glory of Jesus Christ"! Paul was saying the devil was working to prevent them from seeing the Person of Jesus! The devil twisted their minds so they could not perceive the image of God, Jesus Christ! (see Colossians 1:15)
Paul doesn't describe the Gospel as a nice story or philosophy. Through the power of the Holy Spirit, he reveals the Gospel is the actual release of the glory of the Messiah. The devil is violently against it because he knows that once a person "sees the light of the Gospel", they will understand the work of Jesus Christ on the cross and become free from his lies.
We desperately need to understand the Gospel is more than a story. It's the power of God!Paul said in Romans 1:16, “For I am not ashamed of the Gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes, for the Jew first and also for the Greek.”(Romans 1:16, NKJV)
Those with unbelieving, hardened hearts are easily veiled by the enemy and wind up dying without Jesus' victory over sin. As a result, they die in their sins and spend eternity in hell with no hope of ever being released from the pain and agony of the its torturous fire.Sounds too extreme? Not to Paul who boldly declared that if you were veiled from the "light" you were perishing.
The Good News is that all who willfully submit to it, and receive God's Word, can receive the Gospel of Jesus Christ and simultaneously receive the glory and power of God! The devil can veil no one who comes to God with a willing heart. Refuse all attempts of the devil to twist and pollute your mind to rob you from the power and glory of God!
Receive God's Word. Receive the Gospel of Jesus Christ which declares you forgiven, set free, and adopted as a true child of God, whose sin has been forever destroyed. Refuse all doubt and boldly declare and believe God's Word no matter what! Declare it from the roof tops! Shout it so all creation can hear that you refuse to allow the devil to veil your mind!
As we approach the celebration of the coming of Jesus Christ during Christmas, let's remember that the magi found Jesus, the Savior of the world, because they saw, or more accurately, believed, the heavenly light, the star of Bethlehem. Come to God this season with a resolute heart to receive the fullness of the Gospel and allow nothing to keep you from it. It will bring you to an intimate relationship with Jesus and your life will be filled with the "light of the glory of Christ". As the famous hymn, Amazing Grace says, "I was blind but now I see!"
Father, help me to "see" Your Gospel. I don't want anything to successfully hold me back from receiving the purity of Your Word. I renounce agreement with every thought and scheme of the devil to keep me from You. I submit my heart and mind to You and pray that I would become as a child before you. Remove any and every veil from by mind so I may receive and become overwhelmed by the light of the Gospel of the glory of Christ! I receive You, Jesus, as my Lord and Savior and turn away from sins and choose to follow You all the days of my life. Thank you, Jesus!
Steve Hannett is the Pastor of Abundant Grace Christian Church & President of Jesus Reigns International (JRI). He carries a powerful apostolic and teaching anointing with signs, wonders, and miracles. He serves as an Associate of *BILD International, and works domestically and internationally with Churches & Church Networks to develop Leaders by establishing Church-Based Theology Education (C-BTE) in the way of Christ and His Apostles. He is also an Apostolic Leader with Christ Covenant Coalition.
*BILD International is the umbrella ministry of the Antioch School of Church Planning and Leadership Development, the accredited school of both Abundant Grace Christian Church and Jesus Reigns International, Inc.