If you’ve been around Britton Christian Church any time you have heard us sing a song called, “Open The Eyes of My Heart, Lord.” It is a powerful song. It’s a catchy song. More than powerful or catchy, it is a plea for God to do within us what we can’t do ourselves. We are blind to the things of God. If our eyes are ever going to be opened to the wonders of God, the glory of God, the truth of God, then God is going to have to open them. God’s Word is very clear that our understanding is “darkened,” we are blind to the things of God. Later in our study of Ephesians we will see where Paul urged the folks in Ephesus to no longer live like the Gentiles, the unbelievers. Paul wrote, in Ephesians 4:17-18.
17 So I tell you this, and insist on it in the Lord, that you must no longer live as the Gentiles do, in the futility of their thinking. 18 They are darkened in their understanding and separated from the life of God because of the ignorance that is in them due to the hardening of their hearts. (Ephesians 4:17-18 NIV)
When Paul says, “Gentiles,” he is referring to unbelievers. He says that their thinking is “futile,” it is empty. He says they are “darkened in their understanding” and “separated from the life of God.” He says they are filled with ignorance because their “hearts are hardened,” hardened to the things of God. This is the natural state of every single person who is walking on the planet today. At the same time, this is a reality that is denied by most every person on the planet today. We are smart folks and getting smarter all the time. We are reasonable people, able to gather information and then make informed decisions. I wouldn’t deny any of that, God has given us an incredible ability to think, an insatiable curiosity which leads us to learn, but when it comes to the things of God our abilities have been marred, tainted, and scarred as a result of sin. Martyn Lloyd-Jones shares a great illustration in his commentary that hopefully will help you better understand what I am talking about. Dr. Jones writes, Read more