5135 blindness, spiritual

5135 blindness, spiritual

An inability or unwillingness to perceive the truth of the gospel.

Unbelievers are spiritually blind

1Co 2:14 See also Ps 32:9; Ps 92:6-7; Pr 4:19 The blindness both of idols and those who worship them: Isa 44:9,18-19
Eze 12:2; Mic 4:12 Jesus Christ speaks in parables because of the spiritual dullness of the people: Mt 13:13-15; Lk 8:10; Isa 6:9-10
Mt 15:16; Lk 24:25; Jn 1:5; Jn 9:40-41 the spiritual blindness of the Pharisees; Ro 3:11; 1Co 14:23,24

Spiritual blindness is a result of sin

La 4:14; Zep 1:17; 2Co 4:4 See also Mk 9:32; Lk 18:34; Jn 3:19-20; Jn 12:39-40; Eph 4:17-19

The consequences of spiritual blindness

Ro 1:18-23 See also Dt 28:28-29 lack of success, oppression and robbery; Ps 82:5; Isa 42:25 the violence of war; Isa 59:10; La 4:14; Mt 6:23; Ac 28:26-27; Isa 6:9-10; 2Co 4:4; 1Jn 1:6 Hatred and darkness: 1Jn 2:9,11

The removal of spiritual blindness

2Co 4:6 See also Nu 24:4; 2Ki 6:17 Elisha asks the Lord to open his servant’s eyes; Ps 119:18,130; Ps 146:8; Isa 32:3; Isa 35:5; Isa 42:16-18; Lk 4:18; Isa 61:1 fn; Lk 24:31; Jn 3:3 No-one can see the kingdom of God without being born again; Jn 8:12 Jesus Christ is the light of the world; Jn 9:39; Ac 26:18; 2Co 3:16; Eph 1:18; Eph 5:8; 1Pe 2:9

The spiritual blindness of Israel

Isa 1:3 See also Dt 29:4; Dt 32:28; Isa 29:10; Jer 4:22; Jer 5:21; Mic 4:12; Ro 11:7-8,25; 2Co 3:14-15

The spiritual blindness of leaders

Mt 15:14 See also Isa 29:9-12; Isa 56:10; Mt 23:16-19,24-26; Lk 6:39; Jn 3:10; Jn 8:27; Jn 9:40-41; Jn 10:6; Ro 2:19-21; 2Pe 2:12

The spiritual blindness of believers

Jn 14:9 See also Job 42:3; Da 12:8; Mt 15:16 pp Mk 7:18; Mt 16:9 pp Mk 8:21; Lk 2:50; Lk 9:45; Lk 24:25; Jn 12:16; 2Pe 1:9

The spiritual blindness of a church

Rev 3:17-18

See also

1439revelation
4123Satan, deceiver
4809darkness
4835light, spiritual
5004human race & sin
6139deadness, spiritual
6181ignorance
6728regeneration
7781seer
8226discernment
8474seeing God
8834unbelief

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