Hiding From The Light

February 16, 2012 § Leave a comment

Paul reminds us in 2 Corinthians 4:3-4 of the disturbing reality that the gospel can be veiled because “the god of this age has blinded the minds of unbelievers, so that they cannot see the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ…” (4:4).  The Greek word for veiled is kalupto which means to hide.  Paul suggests that the god of this world (presumably satan) is out to prevent people from seeing the light of the gospel.  This “god” wants to hide the true light from people by tempting them to entrust their lives to the fake “lights” of this world. But fortunately Paul does not let this problem just sit there.  The next two verses (4:5-6) suggest how to deal with this problem.  When we preach Jesus Christ as Lord and not ourselves, then the true light breaks through the darkness to give people “the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Christ” (4:6).  Actually, Paul puts it more concise a few verses earlier when he says in 3:16, “…whenever anyone turns to the Lord, the veil is taken away.”  Karl Jacobson summarizes it as follows:  “Everything that is at stake in this little passage – veils and ‘gods’ of this world and the problem of those who do not believe – points to our big calling to proclaim the glory of Christ, to speak light into darkness and proclaim the knowledge of the glory of God that we have seen in the face of Jesus Christ.”  This is your calling and mine today!

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