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Monday, July 20, 2015

The Blind Dilemma

The Blind Dilemma

John 9:1-3 KJV  And as Jesus passed by, he saw a man which was blind from his birth.  (2)  And his disciples asked him, saying, Master, who did sin, this man, or his parents, that he was born blind?  (3)  Jesus answered, Neither hath this man sinned, nor his parents: but that the works of God should be made manifest in him.

In his Gospel, John records a miracle of Jesus healing a beggar, blind since birth, and giving him sight for the first time in his life.  The blind beggar could not see Jesus nor was he able to search for Him, even if told of His existence.

Although physically blind, this beggar represents the spiritually blind such as the Pharisees of that day, and the lost unredeemed of today.  The unredeemed cannot see God and therefore do not search for God.  They can be taught about God and the Bible but they do not understand the teaching.  For the lost to find God their blind eyes must first be opened by God.  As Paul stated, “there is no person who seeks God and His truth”. 

There is no one who understands, there is no one who seeks God.
(Romans 3:11 NET)

As Paul explains again in 1 Corinthians 2:14 “The unbeliever does not receive the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him. And he cannot understand them, because they are spiritually discerned”.  According to Paul (and God) the unbeliever can’t understand anything spiritual concerning Jesus Christ and the Biblical teachings of scripture because they are spiritually discerned and the unbeliever does not have the spirit of God and thus is not spiritual.  Paul further states that the spiritual person is not understood by anyone (who is not spiritual).

The one who is spiritual discerns all things, yet he himself is understood by no one.   (1 Corinthians 2:15 NET)

The blind man was in an uncomfortable position.  Because of his physical blindness, he could not support himself; he could not seek help or assistance; and he had no monetary means for hiring someone to work for him.  The unredeemed or spiritually blind have similar issues.  They may try, but apart from God they will never find spiritual redemption.  No amount of idolatry, Luciferian doctrine, or false esoteric religion will even admit one into the Kingdom of Heaven or a so-called promised reasonable facsimile offered by Satan/Lucifer/nachash/whatever.

Who Sinned?
John 9:2 NET  His disciples asked him, "Rabbi, who committed the sin that caused him to be born blind, this man or his parents?"

Probably from a well-known synagogue teaching, one of the disciples asked Jesus to identify the sinning party – the blind man or his parents. 

You must not worship or serve them, for I, the LORD your God, am a jealous God. I punish the sons, grandsons, and great-grandsons for the sin of the fathers who reject me,  (Deuteronomy 5:9 NET)

Jesus answered that it was neither one.  Rather, this man was born blind so that the actions of God could be revealed through the coming miracle of healing.  With dirt and spit, Jesus made mud and smeared it on the man’s eyes and told him to go wash it off at the pool of Siloam.  The blind man went and did as he was told and came back with the ability to see.  To the crowds, it was an unbelievable event and they questioned the former blind man.

When the beggar informed the people that a man called Jesus smeared mud on my eyes, told me to wash it off at the Siloam pool, and now I can see.  The crowd took the man to the Pharisees.  Some of the Pharisees exclaimed that Jesus is not from God because He does not observe the Sabbath.  Other wondered how a sinner could perform such miraculous signs.  They asked the former blind man his opinion, and he said, “He is a prophet”.

One of the Pharisees stated they knew that God had spoken to Moses but they didn’t know where Jesus came from.  The seeing man answered, “This is a remarkable thing, that you don't know where He comes from, and yet He caused me to seeWe know that God doesn't listen to sinners, but if anyone is devout and does his will, God listens to him.  Never before has anyone heard of someone causing a man born blind to see.   If this man were not from God, he could do nothing.  The Pharisees became offended because he was presuming to teach them, then accused the man of being born in complete sin and threw him out.

Due to their Old Testament doctrinal misunderstanding, the Pharisees (and most Jews of today) are spiritually and doctrinally blind.  Jesus was not their synagogue learned concept of the Messiah.  They were expecting (and some still expect) the advent of the Davidic, Lion of Judah, Messiah who would bring in their idea of the Kingdom of Heaven (which was heaven on earth) through the actions of a conquering King.  That will only occur at the Millennium.  They may have gotten their desire if they had believed that Jesus was and is the Messiah (who knows).  However, their wish will deceptively be fulfilled when their Messiah-ben-David, the beast/antichrist, appears and declares himself as “god”.  Of course, the Jews are not the only spiritually blind in the world.



    John 3:5 Jesus answered. "Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God. (NKJV)

    Those who deny that Jesus was talking about water baptism present two conflicting possibilities. 1. That Jesus was referring to amniotic when He mentioned water. and 2. That Jesus was saying that water was referring to the Holy Spirit.

    1.Did Jesus really mean that a qualification to enter the kingdom of God was you must be born of amniotic fluid?

    2. To say that water is synonymous with the Holy Spirit, then John 3:5 would be translated as such. Unless one is born of the Holy Spirit and the Holy Spirit he cannot enter the kingdom of God. There is no Bible translation that translates it that way.

    John 3:3 Jesus answered and said to him, "Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God." (NKJV)

    Jesus said you must be born again. Being born of amniotic fluid is being born the first time. It is not being born again. Natural childbirth is not a requirement to enter the kingdom of God.

    When Jesus said you must be born of water He clearly meant water baptism.

    When Jesus said you must be born of Spirit He certainly meant the Holy Spirit.

    Nicodemus was confused about being born again, he was not confused about being born the first time.

    Being born of water is a requirement to enter the kingdom of God. That is an undeniable fact.

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  2. I am having a problem connecting your comment with this particular post concerning the healing of a blind man. It may be there is no connection and you are merely posting your own personal doctrine – I get that quite a bit. Or you found an opportunity to advertise your blog.

    As for your comment: The idea of baptism was never mentioned in the scripture passage. The concept of baptism has been ascribed to the statement of Jesus without any backing evidence. You, and whoever, are merely assuming that “born of water” is referring to baptism. In my opinion it means being born of a woman as a human being. You say natural childbirth is not a requirement to enter the Kingdom of God. Say that to an angel or a transgenic half breed such as a Nephilim, Raphaim, etc. Maybe you don’t believe that either. I still maintain it means being born of a human woman with a human father. That explanation is the only one that makes sense to me.

  3. I would also like to mention the thief on the cross next to Jesus was not baptized in water nor was the blind man in my post unless you count his eye washing in the pool of Siloam. The teaching of John the Baptist was "repent and be baptized". The key word is "repent". The baptism is symbolic of death to the old self and rebirth to the new repentant self. I am not saying that baptism is not important but in and of itself it means very little. Anyone can be baptized without repentance, but on one can enter the Kingdom of God without repentance and following the life of Jesus Christ which results in the new birth of a new person in the Kingdom of God. Playing with words is dangerous but repentance is new life in Christ.