What can a man do in the light of such a glorious revelation as the gospel of Jesus Christ is but fall on his knees before the Lord and pray, as Paul did, for a spirit of wisdom and revelation in the full knowledge of Christ, that he may know the hope of that to which he has been called, the glorious riches of God’s inheritance which is found in the saints, and the immeasurable greatness of His power toward us who believe?
Experience lately has been proving to me the reality of Jesus’ words: “Unless a man is born of the Spirit, he will never see the kingdom of God.” The ability to reason is a wonderful gift God has given man, but reason resides purely in the soul of man. God is Spirit, and the only way to contact and know Him is by the spirit He has put within us. Unfortunately, because of sin man is born with a dead spirit, separate from God. Yet man is hungry, desperate for knowledge, truth, reality. It is this restless yearning that produces philosophies, worldviews, and religions of many kinds. But until the dead spirit of man is re-ignited into life through contact with the eternal Spirit of God, he has no way of approach to God. He is like a man born blind who has never seen the light of the sun. His blindness does not mean the sun does not exist, or any of the other wonderful things in this world. The unseen realm is only unseen to those who do not have eyes to see it. The problem lies within man himself. To follow through with the natural analogy, unless a man who is born blind is made to see by some miracle of God or science, he will never enjoy the reality of life all around him. Others who see may come and tell him about the trees, the birds, the sights and the sounds, and from their testimony he may wonder what these things are really like. But until something happens in that man to give him the faculty of sight-the ability to see-it will all forever elude him. This is a picture of humanity in general. The reality of God and the unseen world eludes him. He hears testimony of it but he just can’t believe it. He reasons and he wonders, trying to find God by such means, but his pursuit is futile at best. God cannot be found by reason alone. As science continues to advance it will discover God’s existence to a degree, but natural means alone cannot touch spiritual reality. Until a man is born of the Spirit-born from that realm above-he will never see it.
Oh Father! Give to the people of this world-those who are seeking, hungering for reality-a spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Your Son! Open their eyes that they may see the life all around them-the life that is only found in You! There are so many who want to believe, but they can’t. Not until You work in them to give them the faculty of sight. Lord Jesus, You are too beautiful to go unnoticed by so many. Grant that we may see You. To those who already see You give a greater vision, a broader view. And to those who do not, open their eyes. Give that initial spark of spiritual sight. Send Your Spirit into their spirits and ignite them to life, that they with us may cry out by that same Spirit, “Abba, Father!” You are more than capable of doing this. Transcend the darkness of this world and bring to light Your glorious gospel. Accomplish a work among us that is worthy of Yourself!