There was a man, well respected among his contemporaries and whose opinion was highly valued even by the leaders of his age. He truly believed that he knew the truth of God’s Word and with this truth, He went on a rampage to persecute the early church of Christ with his ingrained version of the truth, until the had an encounter with the TRUTH. We all know this man to be Apostle Paul.
Prior to this encounter, Apostle truly believed he could “see” because of his well-versed knowledge in the Torah and since the message of the risen Christ didn’t fit into his lens of sight it was wrong. Yet, what he didn’t know was that he was indeed spiritually blind and this blindness caused a distorted view of God’s Word. This blindness Apostle Paul had, is the same blindness he wrote about in 2 Corinthians 4:3-4, NLT saying, “If the Good News we preach is hidden behind a veil, it is hidden only from people who are perishing. Satan, who is the god of this world, has blinded the minds of those who don’t believe. They are unable to see the glorious light of the Good News. They don’t understand this message about the glory of Christ, who is the exact likeness of God”.
Seeing is then believing then, NO?
It wasn’t until he was physically blinded by Christ during his encounter, that Apostle Paul realized just how blinded he was. It took a physical manifestation of his spiritual blindness for him to see just how lost he was and how much he needed God’s infinite grace and mercy. After this somber reflection, Ananias prayed for Apostle Paul’s and the Bible says “So Ananias went and found Saul. He laid his hands on him and said, “Brother Saul, the Lord Jesus, who appeared to you on the road, has sent me so that you might regain your sight and be filled with the Holy Spirit.” Instantly something like scales fell from Saul’s eyes, and he regained his sight. Then he got up and was baptized” [Acts 9:17-18, NLT].
These scales that fell off are the strongholds that the god of this world has established against the knowledge of Christ, in the minds of those who are unsaved. Unless these scales fall off, the light of the glorious gospel will not shine upon their hearts, and that is why Jesus said in Matthew 12:19, MSG that “How in the world do you think it’s possible in broad daylight to enter the house of an awake, able-bodied man and walk off with his possessions unless you tie him up first? Tie him up, though, and you can clean him out.” The binding of the strongman comes through the weapons of our warfare which pulls down these strongholds [2 Corinthians 10:4-5] and causes the scale-like thing to fall off. As we pray and intercede for our spouses, children, parents, bosses, neighbors, presidents, counsel men, governors, teachers, students, employers etc.. those scale like things will fall off their eyes and the gospel of Christ will permeate their hearts.
So don’t give up yet because truly SEEING IS BELIEVING!