|John 9:39 |
39 And Jesus said, "I have come into the world for judgment, that the blind might see; and that those who see might be made blind."2 [He came into the world to give sight to the spiritually blind and to make blind those who think they can see, (those in darkness with no light who think they are righteous, puffed up on their fleshly mind's knowledge of the scriptures; but not taught directly and perfected by the Spirit of God). From the Word of the Lord within: "I work with the blind; but if you think you can see, and you are not with me in heaven, I will make you a laughingstock."]
2 I have come into the world for judgment, that the blind might see; and that those who see might be made blind. Obviously Jesus did not physically blind anyone. The blind that Jesus means is to be "spiritually blind." He came into the world to give sight to the spiritually blind and to make blind those who think they can see, (those in darkness with no light who think they are righteous, puffed up on their fleshly mind's knowledge of the scriptures; but not taught directly and perfected by the Spirit of God).
How does he give sight to the spiritually blind?
By his teaching and changing grace, given to those who know they are spiritually blind, poor in spirit, and believe his gospel of repentance with release from the bondage of sin, giving them the light of life (to see):
- the Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor [in Spirit]; he has sent me to heal the brokenhearted [who mourn due to their slavery to sin], to preach release to the captives [of sin], and recovery of sight to the [spiritually] blind, to deliver [free] those who are oppressed [in slavery to sin]. Luke 4:18
- I am the light of the world [every man]. He who follows me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the Light of Life. John 8:12
- Walk while you have the light, lest darkness overcome you, because he who walks in darkness does not know where he is going. John 12:35
- I have come as a light into the world [every man], so that whoever believes [depends on, trusts, obeys] in me should not abide in darkness. John 12:46
How does Jesus make blind those who think they can see?
He blinds the wise and intelligent by speaking in parables so they cannot understand. He blinds them in rage, by incensing them with acts and teachings that contradict scripture, as understood by men who only see with the natural eye and are spiritually blind: he heals on the Sabbath; he announces that a man's sins are forgiven him, outraging those who say only God forgives sins; he tells them before Abraham was, he lived; he tells them that the devil is their father; he tells them "I and my father are one;" he says, "If a man keeps [remembers and obeys] my teachings [and commands], he shall never see death." John 8:51-53; he said, that "he came not to send peace, but division," Mat 10:34-35, when scripture said the Messiah would bring peace; he repeatedly condemned the religious leaders of Israel; He told them that they would "die in their sins." John 8:21; etc.
Supposedly-religious men, puffed up in their fleshly mind's knowledge of the scriptures, but with hearts still full of evil, are easily exposed by the Spirit of God, speaking in a purified believer; and so the religious-talkers, not doers, get angry and hostile, forgetting to cover their wolfish nature with sheep's clothing, thus revealing to bystanders that they are really wolves, pretending to be sheep. They persecute the sheep, but it only works to the benefit of the sheep; for more sheep are added to the fold, as the true sheep are easily seen by those who are interested in the way; particularly when the persecuted sheep pray for the wolves that kill them to be forgiven by God. The wolves are blinded with rage, and an uproar is created wherever the Spirit of God exposes religions' hypocrisy.
From the Word of the Lord within: "There was an uproar when Jesus first appeared on the earth. The Christians feared the early Quakers, just as the Jews feared Jesus; and some of you cried over the persecutions of the Quakers — that tells a story." (See Penington's outstanding writing, A Mirror for Believers, for more on this uproar created, and watch yourself wonder if you could have seen Jesus as the Messiah, or would you have doubted his claims too.)
Jesus only spoke what he heard the Father tell him to speak. Look at what Stephen said to the Council in Jerusalem:
You stiff necked and uncircumcised in heart and ears, you always resist the Holy Spirit; as your forefathers did, so do you. Which of the prophets have your forefathers not persecuted? And they have slain those who foretold the coming of the Righteous One; of whom you have now become the betrayers and murderers. Acts 7:51-52
Stephen's words, supplied by God, incited the Council, who then rose up and stoned Stephen to his death, as Stephen prayed for them to be forgiven.
The same thing occurred with the Early Quakers: by refusing to bow, refusing to address important men in the plural instead of the singular (thee and thou), refusing to call them Master, refusing to take off their hats in the presence of important men, and refusing to enter conversations of the world, the proper and polite society of the Christian world, (Episcopalians, Baptists, Presbyterians, and Puritans), were outraged, often into violence. Over 869 Quakers died in prison, tens of thousands were imprisoned, tens of thousands lost their property seized by the courts, and 200 were sent to bonded slavery. Thus it served as the cross for the Early Quakers to suffer that persecution, which cross brought tens of thousands of them to perfection and the kingdom.
And so it will be when the Spirit of Christ breaks out again. God will give his sheep words and practices that will outrage those so-called Christians who are religious-wise in their fleshly knowledge, and they will become violent persecutors of those with the true Spirit of Christ. And so the sheep will suffer persecution, which is the cross, and which will bring them to perfection and the kingdom; and the religious wolves in sheep's clothing will be totally blinded.