No, that isn’t a typo in the title. Just because it is customary to capitalize every major word in a title, doesn’t mean I’ll dignify the “god of this world” with a capital “G,” even if it winds up anti-grammatic. There’s only one capital “G” God, and the god of this world isn’t him.
The following two pieces of scripture are important for us believers to remember, particularly when given the occasion to bring the light of Christ into the world- even if it’s just a little bit. Paul is relaying to us in 2 Corinthians 4:3-4, why most people don’t get, won’t get, and flat out reject, the gospel of Christ Jesus.
2 Corinthians 4:
3 But if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost: 4 In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them.
Who’s Hiding the Gospel?
The gospel is hidden in two different ways:
- It’s hidden to the Jews tucked away in the Old Testament.
- It’s hidden to the Gentiles within the entirety of the Bible.
The gospel of Christ Jesus is scattered masterfully throughout the entirety of the Old Testament. From the Lord’s proclamation in the Garden of Eden to Malachi. Through the entirety of Jesus’s life on earth, he was fulfilling prophecies and a myriad of Old Testament scriptures.
Concerning the Israelites during the time of Christ…
As the record shows, they did not recognize the time of their visitation. It was hidden from them.
3 Therefore speak I to them in parables: because they seeing see not; and hearing they hear not, neither do they understand. 14 And in them is fulfilled the prophecy of Esaias, which saith, By hearing ye shall hear, and shall not understand; and seeing ye shall see, and shall not perceive:
15 For this people’s heart is waxed gross, and their ears are dull of hearing, and their eyes they have closed; lest at any time they should see with their eyes and hear with their ears, and should understand with their heart, and should be converted, and I should heal them.
43 For the days shall come upon thee, that thine enemies shall cast a trench about thee, and compass thee round, and keep thee in on every side, 44 And shall lay thee even with the ground, and thy children within thee; and they shall not leave in thee one stone upon another; because thou knewest not the time of thy visitation.
Scriptures say it plainly; people have been blinded, deafened, dulled, and deceived. This is just as true now, as it was then. The question is, who’s responsible for the blinding, deafening, dulling down the heart, and deceiving the mind? That leads us directly to the god of this world.
19 When any one heareth the word of the kingdom, and understandeth it not, then cometh the wicked one, and catcheth away that which was sown in his heart. This is he which received seed by the wayside.
The Wicked One, Satan, Lucifer, the Deceiver, the Accuser of the Brethren, the lion circling about- seeking whom he may devour; working since the fall of man to create strongholds, barriers, and a spiritually choking fog, amongst the hearts and minds of man. The same is the god of this world.
In 2 Corinthians 4:3-4, the Holy Ghost is revealing the handiwork of Satan’s long term plan. Simple when you think about it; Cause the sacrifice of the Lord God Almighty to be of as little effect as possible, by bombarding people with misunderstanding, dullness of heart- eyes- ears, lies, deceptions, spiritual attack, etc…
In this spiritual battle that has been raging ferociously for a minimum of 6,000 years, we are the paun, the victims, the focus, and the spoils. The Father makes available every avenue to help us stand against the evil one through Christ Jesus, while the god of this world is constantly doing everything he can to stay out from under man’s thumb, through every deception that man has ever known.
Don’t forget, Satan was once under Adam’s charge before the fall of man. For some this may help to explain Satan’s unparalleled hatred for mankind.
I go through this in much more detail in Kingdom of Darkness in a Fallen World, but for our purposes here, we need to remember that our enemy has nothing at all on the Lord God Almighty, but this world is under his charge. Satan alongside other fallen angels, as well as an untold number of demonic forces, have been at the sense deadening game now for thousands of years, and will continue to deceive until the Judgement.
Spiritually Dead- Lost
“But if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost.”
Paul is making mention of the spiritually dead. Whoever is not born again in spirit, is in fact spiritually dead. And as long as people remain spiritually dead, they’re lost. The god of this world specializes in manipulating the spiritually dead.
The carnal nature of the flesh is deceived and misdirected far more easily than someone with their spirit-soul-and body, intact, and Spirit filled. This is one of several reasons why the gospel is hidden from the lost. Should the lost believe the gospel and turn to Christ for their healing, Satan loses his grip.
Or as the end of verse four makes clear:
“Lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them.”
God’s Intervention and Salvation
All of these things boil down to make one thing evident; the Lord is actively intervening to save as many people who are willing to take his call. As believers, we can’t expect every word we say, or every action we take to be well received by those who are spiritually dead, or are currently lost.
There’s a lifetime of conditioning we’re up against; lifetime’s full of being lied to, deceived, led every which way but to the Father. Also there’s generational problems to think about. Generational traditions and curses that may span back several generations. The world alongside the god of this world, does not cease or take breaks as it relates to keeping as many people from the truth of the Word of God (particularly the gospel of Christ Jesus) as possible.
God’s intervention is at play in every salvation that there’s ever been. At least, so I believe. The older I get, the more I see and observe from others that remain of this world, the further I’m convinced; every opportunity of salvation is orchestrated and made possible by the hand of God. I truly believe that, and I also believe that he already knows who’ll become his, who won’t, and who will need to go through a few things in life before coming to the Cross.
The presence of evil brought to us by the god of this world is thicker and more potent than it’s ever been. The closer we get to the end of this era, the more we believers need to understand that people haven’t got a clue what they’re doing to themselves or others.
They Know Not what they Do
I’d like to conclude these thoughts with an understanding that our frustrations, and at times our anger (be it righteous anger or not), cause for us to overlook, relating to observing or dealing with people who are against the Lord. They have been blinded, made deaf, dull of mind and hardened of heart, through lifetimes of continuous spiritual bombardment, keeping them in the lane that the god of this world wills for them to stay in.
I’m reminded of Jesus on the Cross, as well as others that were persecuted and/or killed for the cause of Christ. But for the most part, Christ Jesus, asking the Father to forgive them that were killing him, because they had no idea what they were doing.
This chunk of 2 Corinthians helps us to understand that a little. To understand what Jesus meant by that statement, and also, what made his statement true. People outside of the Body of Christ haven’t got a clue what they’re doing, nor will they ever understand, without an effort by the Father to cut through the fog either on their behalf, or the behalf of loved ones who have been earnestly praying for them.
As we’ve heard to hate the sin but love the sinner, so should we understand that the sinner is an unwitting slave to this world. Rather than get infuriated at the antics that go on from time to time staunchly against the Father or Christianity as a whole, praying for them and asking forgiveness on their behalf isn’t only healthier for you than the stress of frustration, but is also Biblical.
43 Ye have heard that it hath been said, Thou shalt love thy neighbour, and hate thine enemy. 44 But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you;
45 That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust. 46 For if ye love them which love you, what reward have ye? do not even the publicans the same?
47 And if ye salute your brethren only, what do ye more than others? do not even the publicans so? 48 Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect.
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