“Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked:” (Revelation 3:17)
Again, Jesus said that they “knowest not that thou art…” “…blind…” Blind – meaning that you cannot see and discern spiritual matters, yet believing you clearly see! How could this be?
It has happened many times before:
- “Hear, ye deaf; and look, ye blind, that ye may see. Who is blind, but my servant? or deaf, as my messenger that I sent? who is blind as he that is perfect, and blind as the LORD’s servant? Seeing many things, but thou observest not; opening the ears, but he heareth not. The LORD is well pleased for his righteousness’ sake; he will magnify the law, and make it honourable. But this is a people robbed and spoiled; they are all of them snared in holes, and they are hid in prison houses: they are for a prey, and none delivereth; for a spoil, and none saith, Restore. Who among you will give ear to this? who will hearken and hear for the time to come?” (Isaiah 42:18-23)
- “Let them alone: they be blind leaders of the blind. And if the blind lead the blind, both shall fall into the ditch.” (Matthew 15:14)
You are blind when you know what to teach others, but you do not do it yourself. The Laodicean age is an age of great gifts of knowledge concerning spiritual truths – yet with this great gift of knowledge comes an even greater accountability to fervently love, live, and share it!
“Woe unto you, ye blind guides, which say, Whosoever shall swear by the temple, it is nothing; but whosoever shall swear by the gold of the temple, he is a debtor! Ye fools and blind: for whether is greater, the gold, or the temple that sanctifieth the gold? And, Whosoever shall swear by the altar, it is nothing; but whosoever sweareth by the gift that is upon it, he is guilty. Ye fools and blind: for whether is greater, the gift, or the altar that sanctifieth the gift?” (Matthew 23:16-19)
What is greater, the gift of knowledge and understanding we have today – or the altar of God where the gift is wholly purified and consecrated to God, for only his purpose and use – nothing withheld. The gift alone is less than worthless! Without the Holy Ghost fire of love from the altar of sacrifice that consumes the gift for the glory of God, the gift is of no value! When our love becomes “lukewarm” we spiritually “fall asleep” into a life of self purposes and plans – yet still worshiping God via knowledge of a discipline or form.
- “What then? Israel hath not obtained that which he seeketh for; but the election hath obtained it, and the rest were blinded. (According as it is written, God hath given them the spirit of slumber, eyes that they should not see, and ears that they should not hear;) unto this day. And David saith, Let their table be made a snare, and a trap, and a stumblingblock, and a recompence unto them: Let their eyes be darkened, that they may not see, and bow down their back alway.” (Romans 11:7-10)
- “His watchmen are blind: they are all ignorant, they are all dumb dogs, they cannot bark; sleeping, lying down, loving to slumber. Yea, they are greedy dogs which can never have enough, and they are shepherds that cannot understand: they all look to their own way, every one for his gain, from his quarter.” (Isaiah 56:10-11)
We must treat the great truths of the Gospel that we understand today as most precious! We must continue to nurture these truths among ourselves and fervently to a lost an dying world – else we will become as blind as the lost world!
“Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust. And beside this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge; And to knowledge temperance; and to temperance patience; and to patience godliness; And to godliness brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness charity. For if these things be in you, and abound, they make you that ye shall neither be barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. But he that lacketh these things is blind, and cannot see afar off, and hath forgotten that he was purged from his old sins.” (2 Peter 1:4-9)
Are we laboring to add to our faith: virtue, knowledge, temperance, patience, godliness, brotherly kindness, charity? If we are comfortable with “our faith” then we are blind! If we are comfortable with no growth spiritually and few souls being delivered, and with little concern in true fellowship of the Word and Spirit being restored, then we are really blind! If our love is not fervent, our love will not only grow cold towards the needs of the lost, but also towards the Lord himself, and eventually, a lack of love even among ourselves will become evident as a testimony to our own blindness:
“Again, a new commandment I write unto you, which thing is true in him and in you: because the darkness is past, and the true light now shineth. He that saith he is in the light, and hateth his brother, is in darkness even until now. He that loveth his brother abideth in the light, and there is none occasion of stumbling in him. But he that hateth his brother is in darkness, and walketh in darkness, and knoweth not whither he goeth, because that darkness hath blinded his eyes.” (1 John 2:8-11)