“But if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost: In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them” (2 Corinthians 4:3-4)
If you have never seen or cannot see something, then it is probably not a part of your mind. However, you can imagine something that is not real.
Because our mind itself is not something that is tangible, we should not think of it as such. Some say that because we cannot see God, then He must not be real. Therefore, God being out of sight, is Him being out of mind.
But tell me: What does Love look like? The Scripture says that “God is love” (1 John 4:8). And in Psalms 19:1, “The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth his handywork.” God said to Moses in Exodus 6:3 “And I appeared unto Abraham, unto Isaac, and unto Jacob, by the name of God Almighty, but by my name JEHOVAH was I not known to them.”
Our mind is used as a storage room; it is stocked with the things that we see and experience. We should keep in mind that, as new creatures in Christ, we have been made alive spiritually, which allows us to experience and see spiritual things. There is a difference between physical blindness and spiritual blindness. Read in John 9:39, “And Jesus said, For judgment I am come into this world, that they which see not might see; and that they which see might be made blind.” (Read John 9:39-41.)
“Sight” = the process or power of seeing; especially the sense of which the eye is the receptor and by which qualities of appearance (as position, shape, and color) are perceived.
In response to our sharing the Gospel with another, of how Jesus gave His life for sinners like us, who were the enemy of God; we often hear “I just can’t see it!” This is a true statement made by many; this is spiritual blindness. This is how being out of sight truly means being out of mind. Since God himself says that he can see it, why can’t we?
“For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour; (4) Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth. (5) For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus; (6) Who gave himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time.” (1 Timothy 2:3-6)
Our eyes (sight) are only one of the faculties of the body used to collect and store data into our minds. Beside our ears (hearing), I would say that they are the most common used. But we should understand that the natural eyes are used to see natural things, but the Spiritual eyes see “The Heart.” Not the literal heart in your chest that pumps the blood through your physical body; but the core of the true you, the Spiritual (inner) man, the part of you which is eternal, that part which God looks upon. (See 1 Samuel 16:7.) The heart is the receptor for the Truth revealed by the Holy Spirit. John 16 tells us of three very important things that He (the Holy Spirit, God) reveals:
“And when he is come, he will reprove the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment: (9) Of sin, because they believe not on me; (10) Of righteousness, because I go to my Father, and ye see me no more; (11) Of judgment, because the prince of this world is judged.” (John 16:8-11)
Of course, the heart itself cannot receive nor deliver anything if it is not alive and pumping. Keep in mind also that the heart of man cannot be seen by the natural man because it is veiled by the flesh of the man. 2 Corinthians 3:15 says, “But even unto this day, when Moses is read, the vail is upon their heart.” Even now, we who have been born again and given the ability of Spiritual Sight, we still can’t fully see all that God sees.
“For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known.”(1 Corinthians 13:12)
“Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is.” (1 John 3:2)
Then we shall walk by faith and not by sight.
“Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.”(Hebrews 12:2)
Nothing that Jesus went through came as surprise or shock to Him. But because of our redemption and the joy that it would bring, He was willing to go through it all. He had us in His sight!! He had us on His mind!!!
For the Gospel not to be hid from a lost and dying world, we must talk the talk and walk the walk. We must be a living testimony of and for the Lord Jesus Christ. Now, physically, Jesus is out of sight. But we, as Born Again Believers in the redemption that comes through His shed blood, are seen daily. And most importantly, the Holy Spirit is yet doing His work as described in John 16:8-11.
We, the Church, are the Body of Christ. In John 8:12, He told us plainly, “I am the light of the world.” In Matthew 5:14-16, consider what Jesus says we are:
“Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid. (15) Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house. (16) Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.”