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2 Peter 1:9
9 But [gar] he that [hos] lacketh [me][pareimi] these things [tauta] is [esti] blind [tuphlos], and cannot
see afar off [muopazo], and hath forgotten [lethe][lambano] that he was
purged from [katharismos] his [autos] old [palai] sins [hamartia]. KJV-Interlinear
9 For he who lacks these
qualities is blind or short-sighted, having forgotten his purification from his
former sins. NASB
Blind, tuphlos, means
to blink continually as though one was looking into a very bright light, making
it very difficult, actually impossible, to see anything that is distant from
Seeing afar off,
muopazo, means to be near sighted.The
blinding light prevents you from seeing truth, so you are left with looking
only at that which is very near to you.In
the nearness are the worldly details of life that you have a tendency of
This tendency of
focusing on the near, is a preference because trying to see anything further is
difficult without any type of special filtered looking glass.
When a person looks
into the brightness of something they generally will raise up their hand in
order to shield their eyes from the brightness so they can see better.But this verse indicates that even this simple
gesture is ignored, and not even tried.The preference to see only that which is close (worldliness), is a
chosen decision, even though one knows that there is something better (Gods
grace and peace concepts), in the distance.
So, when you reject,
ignore, are indifferent toward, or actually revolt against Gods Word, then by
choice you are blind to truth and choose only the short-sighted aspects of
life, rather than the long term ramifications of your decisions and opportunities.
The word for forgotten,
lethe, means to forget by choice, to ignore, to conveniently maintain an
indifference, to rationalize, by whatever means, your beliefs over the truths
And what is it that the
spiritually negative person chooses to ignore?It is their salvation, it is their plan which God has personalized for
them, it is their preference for the tangible pleasures of this world over the
intangible characteristics of the spiritual life.
To pursue the things of
God, which we have been studying, gives you clarity of sight, discernment,
understanding, orientation to everything, wisdom.And in addition, this gives you production in
the spiritual life, which is rewardable both now in time and in eternity.
To ignore the aspects
of your spiritual life, makes you blind, short-sighted, unable to see clearly
the implications of this life. It makes you focus on the things of this
earth.Things which are temporary and unimportant,
and of which are designed to distract you from truth.This attitude makes you unproductive and
indifference is by conscious choice, then you have no excuse when you
eventually face Jesus.
Now is the time to post a prayer.
End Of Lesson
Study to show thyself approved (mature) unto God, a workman that needs not to be ashamed, rightly dividing (studying/discerning), the Word of truth.
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