The problem of Spiritual Blindness in the Church comes from the improper interpretation of several widely preached Scriptural statements about the nature of our salvation in Christ. These are found in Romans 10:9-13, which quotes Joel 2:32, as well as Yahshua’s claim in John 3:16, which is better understood if seen in context with the verses directly before and after it. These important Scriptures are quoted below. Please pray and ask God’s Spirit to reveal what they mean to God before reading them:
Romans 10:9-13 ~ “...if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. 10 For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. 11 For the Scripture says, “Whoever believes on Him will not be put to shame.” 12 For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek, for the same Lord over all is rich to all who call upon Him. 13 For “whoever calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved.””
John 3:14-18 ~ “And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of Man be lifted up, 15 that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life. 16 For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. 17 For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved. He who believes in Him is not condemned; but he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.”These Scriptures plainly say or imply that anyone who believes in Yahshua or Jesus and calls on His Name will be saved. However, the Scriptures don’t tell us exactly what they mean by “belief” or “saved”, and we need to figure this out before we can properly interpret what is being said. In order to do this, we need to study the Scriptures to determine exactly what disciples of Christ are supposed to believe, and what it means to be saved. Furthermore, we need to figure out if being saved is the same thing as being in the Kingdom, and if there is a difference between being “saved” as opposed to being “born again”.
1 Corinthians 6:19-20 - “Or do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and you are not your own? 20 For you were bought at a price; therefore glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are God’s.”
1 Corinthians 7:22-23 - “For he who is called in the Lord while a slave is the Lord’s freedman. Likewise he who is called while free is Christ’s slave. 23 You were bought at a price; do not become slaves of men.”
John 3:4-7 ~ “Nicodemus said to Him, “How can a man be born when he is old? Can he enter a second time into his mother’s womb and be born?” 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. 6 That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. 7 Do not marvel that I said to you, ‘You must be born again.’”
John 14:25-26 - “He who does not love Me does not keep My words; and the word which you hear is not Mine but the Father’s who sent Me. These things I have spoken to you while being present with you. 26 But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all things that I said to you.”
John 15:26 - “But when the Helper comes, whom I shall send to you from the Father, the Spirit of truth who proceeds from the Father, He will testify of Me.”
Romans 8:5-11 - “For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit, the things of the Spirit. 6 For to be carnally minded is death, but to be spiritually minded is life and peace. 7 Because the carnal mind is enmity against God; for it is not subject to the law of God, nor indeed can be. 8 So then, those who are in the flesh cannot please God. 9 But you are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if indeed the Spirit of God dwells in you. Now if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he is not His. 10 And if Christ is in you, the body is dead because of sin, but the Spirit is life because of righteousness. 11 But if the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, He who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through His Spirit who dwells in you.”
Galatians 5:19-25 - “Now the works of the flesh are evident, which are: adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lewdness, 20 idolatry, sorcery, hatred, contentions, jealousies, outbursts of wrath, selfish ambitions, dissensions, heresies, 21 envy, murders, drunkenness, revelries, and the like; of which I tell you beforehand, just as I also told you in time past, that those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God. 22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law. 24 And those who are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. 25 If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit.”To learn more about the Spiritual gifts and fruits that the Holy Spirit gives to believers after they are saved and born again, please read the following article after reading this one:
To receive spiritual gifts, we must be born again by the Spirit of God, which helps us to manifest spiritual gifts and to live righteously. But in order to receive the Spirit of God, we must truly believe in our need for Yahshua, which means we first have to realize that we are filthy in our sins, and we have a desperate need for a Messiah or Savior. This is where the Ten Commandments come in! These Laws of God convict us of our sins, although it is powerless to save us from them! Then, once we are convicted of our sinfulness, we will realize our need for a Savior. The Apostle Paul also taught about this, saying:
Romans 3:19-22 - “Now we know that whatever the law says, it says to those who are under the law, that every mouth may be stopped, and all the world may become guilty before God. 20 Therefore by the deeds of the law no flesh will be justified in His sight, for by the law is the knowledge of sin. 21 But now the righteousness of God apart from the law is revealed, being witnessed by the Law and the Prophets, 22 even the righteousness of God, through faith in Jesus Christ, to all and on all who believe.”
Romans 8:2-4 - “For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has made me free from the law of sin and death. 3 For what the law could not do in that it was weak through the flesh, God did by sending His own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, on account of sin: He condemned sin in the flesh, 4 that the righteous requirement of the law might be fulfilled in us who do not walk according to the flesh but according to the Spirit.”This is where Yahshua and His redeeming Blood, Grace and Spirit come in! Chapter 3 of the Gospel of John clearly tells us that we must believe in Yahshua (meaning WE MUST REALIZE OUR DESPERATE NEED FOR YAHSHUA AS THE PERFECT, SINLESS SAVIOR!) in order to be born again by receiving Yahshua’s Spirit:
John 3:5-8 - “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the
. 6 That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. 7 Do not marvel that I said to you, ‘You must be born again.’ 8 The wind blows where it wishes, and you hear the sound of it, but cannot tell where it comes from and where it goes. So is everyone who is born of the Spirit.” kingdomof God
John 3:16-21 - “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. 17 For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved. 18 He who believes in Him is not condemned; but he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. 19 And this is the condemnation, that the light has come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. 20 For everyone practicing evil hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his deeds should be exposed. 21 But he who does the truth comes to the light, that his deeds may be clearly seen, that they have been done in God.”
Haggai 2:7 - “‘I will shake all nations, and they shall come to the Desire of All Nations, and I will fill this temple with glory,’ says the Lord of hosts.”
Ephesians 6:10-18 - “Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might. 11 Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. 12 For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places. 13 Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. 14 Stand therefore, having girded your waist with truth, having put on the breastplate of righteousness, 15 and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace; 16 above all, taking the shield of faith with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one. 17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God; 18 praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints...”
2 Corinthians 11:2-4 - “For I am jealous for you with godly jealousy. For I have betrothed you to one husband, that I may present you as a chaste virgin to Christ. 3 But I fear, lest somehow, as the serpent deceived Eve by his craftiness, so your minds may be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ. 4 For if he who comes preaches another Jesus (or Yahshua) whom we have not preached, or if you receive a different spirit which you have not received, or a different gospel which you have not accepted - you may well put up with it!”Do not put up with a different Gospel or a different Yahshua other than the one presented here that centers on Yahshua as the perfect, sinless Son of God. He was crucified for your sins (1 Corinthians 2:2) so that you could be saved and born-again with Christ’s indwelling Spirit, which is the ONLY WAY to enter into the Kingdom of God! Do not believe otherwise, because if you do, you could pay a heavy price in this life, and the next! In fact, hardened sinners who do NOT seek the repentance and forgiveness that is required from the Gospel message will NOT enter the Kingdom of God as Paul taught in 1 Corinthians 6:8-10 and Galatians 5:19-21.
Paul is clear about this in the above passage, and Christ taught His disciples that - if they do not forgive others - then their heavenly Father will not forgive them (See Matthew 6:14-15). This is a Kingdom principle, and those who do not understand our need to forgive in order to be forgiven cannot and will not enter the Kingdom of God. Instead, they will be left behind in the Rapture to be refined in the fire of the Tribulation, where they will likely learn the Kingdom principles they need to know from the 144,000 Witnesses. They will be saved, but as through the fire (See 1 Corinthians 3:11-17).
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