You say “We see” but remain in sin? – John 9:1-41
Those of the Pharisees who were with Him heard these things and said to Him, “We are not blind too, are we?” Jesus said to them, “If you were blind, you would have no sin; but since you say, ‘We see,’ your sin remains. ~ John 9:40-41
While reading the bible today this verse stuck out in my mind. When I have been in some Christian chat rooms it seems that there are many there that seem to be really interested in the bible but yet do not seem to grasp the true meaning of it. I have been studying the bible for many years now and I have come to know if you do not study the bible for yourself you are in real danger of being deceived by those who try to make it say what they want it to say. The bible is about Jesus Christ from the begging to the end. It is not about us or how to have a better life now. If you truly study the bible and ask the Holy Spirit to help you understand then you will know the bible is about Jesus Christ and how we are to follow Him. It is not about how we can manipulate the bible to be about us. If you know and study the bible and don’t seem to have seen this go to a Christian chat room and just observe how many people who say they are saved Christians try to make the bible about them and what God can do for them. The thing is if you are saved you will want to study and know the bible and then you will see that it is all about Jesus and how we can please Him and worship Him thanking Him for redemption.
Another interesting fact about the blind man is he was the first-known person thrown out of the synagogue because he chose to follow Christ. Yes the religious people who make it about themselves didn’t want to see the real Christ.
I liked John MacArthur’s comments from The MacArthur Bible Commentary. Your sin remains. Jesus had particular reference to the sin of unbelief and rejection of Him as Messiah and Son of God. If they knew their lostness and darkness and cried out for spiritual light, they would no longer be guilty of the sin of unbelief in Christ. But satisfied that their darkness was light, and continuing in rejection of Christ, their sin remained.
These verses argue from the lesser to the greater. The analogy is simple: If your eye is bad, no light can come in, and you are left with darkness because of that malady. How much worse when the problem is not merely impaired physical vision, but corruption of one’s spiritual nature, so that the darkness actually emanates from within and affects one’s whole being. Jesus indicts superficial earthly religion that leaves one’s heart dark.
You might enjoy viewing or listening to John MacArthur message on this subject here: The Hopelessness of the Stubbornly Blind
Plow on, plow on,