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Lesson # John 12:39-40
Study Material - John 12:39-40
You must be in fellowship prior to your Bible study, so that the spiritual information you receive can become a source, of blessing to your soul and produce spiritual growth.
39 Therefore [touto] [dia] they could [dunamai] not [ou] believe [pisteuo] , because [hoti] that Esaias [Hesaias] said [epo] again [palin] ,
40 He hath blinded [tuphloo] their [autos] eyes [ophthalmos] , and [kai] hardened [poroo] their [autos] heart [kardia] ; that [hina me] they should [eido] not [hina me] see [eido] with their eyes [ophthalmos] , nor [kai] understand [noeo] with their heart [kardia] , and [kai] be converted [epistrepho] , and [kai] I should heal [iaomai] them [autos] . KJV-Interlinear
39 For this cause they could not believe, for Isaiah said again, 40 'He has blinded their eyes, and He hardened their heart; lest they see with their eyes, and perceive with their heart, and be converted, and I heal them.' NASB
So how has God blinded mankind - those who refuse to believe in Him, those who refuse to accept His Son, Jesus Christ? You should know this answer already.
There are but two opinions in this universe. Gods opinion which is the Word of God learned in the manner prescribed by God, ie. believe in Christ (gain a human spirit through which all spiritual information must flow), be in fellowship (be online as it were, because spiritual information only flows through your human spirit and into your soul by means of the Holy Spirit, and He only functions inside you when you are in fellowship). By believing and accepting the doctrines you learn (no compromises, no second guessing Gods principles). By applying them to your life (an indication that you really believe what you have learned).
Review the seven spirits study in Rev. 1.
Then there is the other opinion, which was founded by Satan, and from that all other opinion (human) is based. An opinion based on lies, cannot be anything more than a lie itself.
Next, the human soul needs proper nourishment in order to remain healthy. An unhealthy soul will suffer and callous over (hardening of the heart). Review Ephesians and our study of Pharaoh.
Bible doctrine is the only source of healthy nourishment for the human soul. The soul that depends on human opinion (wisdom absent Gods wisdom) becomes weak. Anything depending on a lie cannot grow in strength, but instead withers over the lifetime of the person.
So these people were argumentative, and otherwise rejected Christ. They remained stiff necked, arrogant and stubborn in their attitude. They refused to believe in Christ in spite of the overwhelming numbers of proofs of His identity.
'Lest they see.' That is to say, unless they come to the truth from their own ability. But to do that each person would have to be equal with God, and then know the truth, and we know that any alternative approach to God is rejected by God, because human works are rejected.
If anyone could make up their own rules for getting into heaven, then they presumably could pay off their own debt for sin and death. No need for Christ and the Cross. This would legitimize every known religion in history, or lack of a religion in the case of those who do not believe in God. All unbelievers in Christ cold simply 'will' themselves into heaven, and of course that is no possible. Why?
How many people have you known that have been able to defeat death? None. End of story.
Anyone who rejects God and truth is a fool to the maximum. To presume that a person can know better than God is the quintessence of stupidity.
So unless God allows everyone to heal themselves by whatever means (and He will not) then anyone and everyone who rejects truth is in effect blinding themselves, and through their own stubbornness toward truth. People have only themselves to blame.
As for the hardness of heart. There comes a point in life, when a person who rejects truth all of their life, that their soul will crust over and become blacked out. This is accompanied with many mental disorders which we see common in old folks, but is not limited to old folks.
Of course all mental disorders are not due to rejection of truth, so do not jump to conclusions. There are also genetic and physical and environmental phenomena that affect people, so do not presume that some old crazy dude is negative toward God. You and I cannot judge others or their spiritual condition.
But that does not prevent you from observing folks in the world out there, and seeing the examples of what happens to folks who do reject truth. Their manner, attitude, personality and so forth speak for themselves. Again, do not judge, nor criticize, nor try to correct someone you think needs help. Best to simply make Bible study available, and they will either respond or not.
Jesus gave these folks all the correct information and many rejected the truth. Jesus simply turned away and left them to their own destruction.
In life there is only one person of importance in your life, Jesus Christ. If you are negative toward Him, then He will (after much patience with you) turn away from you. That is the worst possible position in which any person can find themselves.
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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