JARS OF CLAY (PART I)

For God who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” has shown in our hearts to give light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.  But we have this treasure in jars of clay, to show that the surpassing power belongs to God and not to us. (II Corinthians 4:6-7)

This passage gives us tremendous truths about our salvation.  Our salvation is only possible through the powerful work of God.  It is fully from Him, by Him and through Him.  The problem is that Satan blinds the eyes of unbelievers to this truth.

And even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled only to those who are perishing.  In their case the god of this world has blinded the minds of unbelievers, to keep them from seeing the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is in the image of God. (II Corinthians 4:3-4)

The gospel is veiled to unbelievers.  This is true for all of us.  We are born with a sinful nature.  This sinful nature makes us unable to accept the things of the Spirit of God.

The natural person does not accept the things of the Spirit of God, for they are folly to him, and he is not able to understand them because they are spiritually discerned. (I Corinthians 2:14)

The Bible is clear.  Because we are born with this sinful nature, we will not accept the things of the Spirit of God.  These things seem foolish.  How could a man who died over 2,000 years ago possibly save us?  It makes no sense to the natural man.  Because of his spiritual death and blindness, he is not able to understand.

And Satan also blinds the minds of unbelievers in order to keep them from seeing the light of the gospel.  These people are in total darkness.  They are incapable of seeing the truth of the gospel because the gospel is veiled to them.  We were all in that blind state at one time.  But God miraculously gave us light which shone out of the darkness and our hearts were enlightened to the truth of the gospel.  God removed the veil.  A miracle occurred in our hearts.

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