It is often suggested that the Bible is not able to be understood by unsaved people as they are spiritually blind to its truths. While this has some truth to it, much of the Bible was written for the unsaved to understand. The 10 commandments are a small example of this. Also, many prophecies that were directed at godless nations, kings and people are found in God’s word. But, perhaps the most significant examples that were clearly written with the unsaved in mind are the 4 accounts of Jesus’ life.
In the Gospel of John, we can see that it was not only written for the church, but also to unsaved people for the purpose of their salvation. In John 20:31 it says, “these are written so that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in His name.” So, you see, parts of God’s word are particularly useful for opening peoples’ spiritual eyes.
A large portion of God’s written revelation cannot be missed by the unsaved, nor does God intend for them to miss it. As I see it, the Bible is designed so that all people can cognitively understand all of it, regardless of their spiritual condition. However, spiritual blindness prevents spiritual understanding, belief and people taking to heart God’s truth. Yet, that very same word can be a tool in God’s hands to give spiritual sight and understanding.
We are all accountable to what has been revealed to us. However, because we have essentially rejected God and are consequently spiritually blind and reprobate, we reject the things that reveal Him. For example, although creation shows that there is a God, we reject this idea. Similarly, God’s Word proves natural man’s blindness, because though we think we can see, we are shown to be blind by rejecting it. People’s response to the word, let alone to creation, shows their spiritual condition. As a result, God, who is already justified in judging us in our rejection of creation, has even more reason to judge us. However, the intention of His word is to bring salvation to man. He is able to use the very word we reject as absurd, and use it to switch our lights on.
“For the word of the cross is folly to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. For it is written, “I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and the discernment of the discerning I will thwart.” Where is the one who is wise? Where is the scribe? Where is the debater of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world? For since, in the wisdom of God, the world did not know God through wisdom, it pleased God through the folly of what we preach to save those who believe.” 1Co 1:18 -21
So, whether for judgment, salvation or any other purpose, God says, “so shall my word be that goes out from my mouth; it shall not return to me empty, but it shall accomplish that which I purpose, and shall succeed in the thing for which I sent it”. Isa 55:11
God’s ultimate intention is for man’s salvation. Sin and spiritual blindness is a condition we are all born into and that God wants to remedy with His grace and mercy found in Jesus! As Christians we may lose our spiritual clarity along the way too, and if so, we too need to go to Jesus, who is ever merciful and our source of Light and Life.
Let’s share God’s Word with everyone!