One thing I know, that, whereas I was blind, now I see.

Most people are blind to Christianity, but they think they know a great deal about it.  They form their opinion about Jesus based on what other people have told them.  They have never even opened the Bible and given God a chance to show them about Himself.  They are blind.

The blind man had been healed.  The Pharisees were skeptical as usual.  They would not accept that he had been blind from birth, so they called in his parents to testify.  “How did he get healed?” they demanded. 

“We don’t know,” said his parents.  “We do know that he was born blind though.  He’s a full grown man.  He is of age. Ask him yourself.”

Turning to the accused blind man the Pharisees said, “How did he do this thing?  He is a sinner.  If you are healed, give God the glory and not this man.”

“I don’t know if he is a sinner or not.  But there is one thing I know for sure; I was blind, but now I see.”

“What did he do to you?”

“I already told you.  Weren’t you listening?  How many times do you want me to tell you?  I was blind but now I see.”

This is what happens to the Bible believing, born again child of God.  It is hard to explain what it is like to be saved to the unsaved.  Where they once walked in the darkness of sin, they now walk in the glorious light of the Lord God.

The unsaved think when a person gets saved, it is because they are weak and need a crutch to get by in life.  Or they think you just went crazy and began looking for anything that will help you with your problems.  They are just like the Pharisees in this story.  They keep demanding an answer of how you got saved or they ask others without talking to you at all.  This is because they simply don’t understand.  And, they never will unless they try it themselves.

Now I don’t like to emphasis this too much because the cults make much ado of getting a feeling that no one can understand:  The Mormons have “a burning of the bosom.”  Charismatic’s have “speaking in tongues” or “the baptism of the holy spirit.  Berean’s have the “knowing in their heart.”  These are all perversions of what this blind man said: “One thing I know, that, whereas I was blind, now I see.”  For the cults, this can mean that they are superior because they have something that you don’t, and it is subjective so they can keep you from attaining their Pharisaical level of holiness.

Not this blind man however.  His eyes were physically open.  No one could deny that this wonderful thing had happened for him.  This is where the so called “faith healers” fall short of the holiness of God.  Every thing they “heal” is subjective and there is no way to prove it other than the person telling how he “feels.”  But the physical is something much different. This is why true conversion, true salvation is accompanied by outward physical change.

When I got saved, I started reading my Bible.  I wanted to read my Bible.  I craved reading my Bible.  When I read it, I began finding answers.  As I began applying what I learned in the Bible to what I saw in the world around me, in a subjective sense, my eyes were opened.  But, in the physical sense, I changed as well.  I wanted to hear things about God.  I began the wonderful transformation to a new life in Christ.  I quit drinking; not because I thought I had a drinking problem, but because I had no craving for it anymore.  I quit smoking.  Not because I felt as though I needed to, but because I had no desire to smoke anymore.  My whole personage changed:  my attire, interests, music, appetites and demeanor.  And, I was not the one who noticed it.  It was my friends.  They were the ones who sought me out and said, “What happened to you?”

“I got born again.”

“What’s that?”

“I don’t really know, but I asked Jesus to forgive me of my sins and accepted His free gift of eternal life.  And you can accept it too.  He has a gift just for you.  All you have to do is take it.”

“Are you serious?”  I was at a pot party and everyone was passing around the booze and drugs, intently listening to me.  I had only been saved about one week.

“Sure.  God has it and it is just for you.  In fact, He has one for each one of you.  All you have to do is just take it.  That’s what I did.  What’s stopping you?”

“My family goes to church.”

“I went to church when I was a kid.”

“I was confirmed.”

I didn’t know much about religion at all.  I had not even been to church by that time.  I replied to them, “I don’t know much about that.  All I know is that I got saved and I am born again and I see things differently.”

“What church do you go to?”

“I don’t go to church, but I’d like to.”

It was confusing to them.  But it wasn’t confusing to me.  The Lord had changed my life.  He had changed me so much so that even my secular friends had seen it.  And, when He changes your life; when you are allowed to see where once you were blind, others will see the change in your life as well.  It is not just that you see things differently; others who know you and observe you will know that something has happened.  They too will be able to see the wonderful work of God in you.

 

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