Well, we’ve previously talked about blinded minds, but what about veiled hearts? The Holy Ghost is trying to point something out to us through the Apostle Paul, about what the difference is between the two.
Here’s the scripture:
2 Corinthians 3:
15 But even unto this day, when Moses is read, the vail is upon their heart. 16 Nevertheless when it shall turn to the Lord, the vail shall be taken away.
When Minds were Blinded from what’s Coming
One thing that is worthy of note, is something that Paul wrote in verse 14 (we talked about this verse in a previous post called “Blinded Minds“), is that during the days of Moses right up to Christ, the minds of the people were blinded.
Their minds were blinded during the Old Testament times, and hearts are veiled during the New. Why this shift?
The answer is, that their minds were blinded of all the indicators, signs, evidence, puns, examples, hints, and prophecies, that pointed to Christ Jesus. Though their heart was unveiled, and open unto the Lord.
The best example would be Abraham to explain what I mean by the above statement. Abraham was deemed righteous for what reason? Because he believed God.
For what saith the scripture? Abraham believed God, and it was counted unto him for righteousness.
The Lord wasn’t concerned with their head knowledge, nor is he concerned about it today. Yes, the Father did confess that his children die for lack of knowledge, but didn’t say that it made them any less his children.
1 Samuel 16:
7 But the Lord said unto Samuel, Look not on his countenance, or on the height of his stature; because I have refused him: for the Lord seeth not as man seeth; for man looketh on the outward appearance, but the Lord looketh on the heart.
He’s always been consistent about being more concerned with our heart toward him, than what scriptures we understand better than others. Even though their minds were veiled, their hearts were open for the Lord (concerning the Old Testament people of God.)
10 For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.
If the heart is open to the Lord and believes what he’s said, that belief becomes counted for righteousness. However, the same doesn’t work in reverse. We can’t be righteous first, then believe God.
At some point, an event came and went that changed things. This was a predicted event, a hoped for event, and a promised event. Though blinded minds couldn’t see it, even as it unfolded right in front of them.
That event was the death, burial, and resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ.
Opened Eyes- Yet a Veil
If you were an Old Testament believer during the B.C. days, your relationship with the Lord was not affected if you remained indifferent about the coming Christ. It may be difficult to imagine, particularly for Christians.
Today we may compare it to Christians that believe in the rapture, and people that don’t. There are others that aren’t dogmatic one way or the other and have a “whatever happens- happens” approach to the whole rapture topic.
No matter what people believe about the actual rapture is irrelevant to the conditions of our salvation, right? Even though the coming of Christ is the most important event in history, it was in their future, hadn’t happened yet, and no picture perfect details given to them, that their blinded minds could see.
I’m sure there were plenty of false Christs and date setter in the days before Jesus- Just like now! Just imagine all of the predictions of different ways he was going to hit the scene- how, who, and when.
Despite our best efforts, the prophetic future is always fuzzy. It seems to be a trend, that when a prophecy is fulfilled (particularly bold ones), it isn’t initially understood as such.
Only when we look back and observe all of the details that happened do we understand in fullness whether or not a prophecy had been fulfilled.
Hindsight is 20/20
This is where the blinded mind gains its sight, and the focus zooms in on the heart. We know Jesus came, died, rose again, fulfilling every prophecy written of his first coming. We can look back and see it, understand it, and receive it without hindrance.
But do we believe it? The saved in Christ do. But as we know all too well, not everyone who completely understands the gospel is willing to believe it. And to not believe the gospel of Christ Jesus, is to not believe God.
This is where the veil transfers from the mind to the heart. Though they see, they will not believe. And if believing God is what attributed toward Abraham’s righteousness, what does not believing God do? If believing God begets righteousness, not believing God begets unrighteousness.
The Lord said in his own voice of Jesus amongst a crowd of witness, “Thou art my beloved Son; in thee I am well pleased” in Luke 3. He is also recorded as saying similar things to the apostles during Christ’s transfiguration and conversation with Moses and Elijah. Someone who doesn’t believe that Jesus is the Son of God, isn’t believing God’s own testimony.
Further, it is also denying the testimony of the Spirit of God, who has worked such a masterful piece of witness of all that has transpired, we call the Holy Bible. Without believing the gospel of Christ Jesus, is to be unrighteous by way of calling God (as well as his Spirit which he holds most dear), a liar.
Religion which carries on without Christ is carrying on in unrighteousness.
2 For I bear them record that they have a zeal of God, but not according to knowledge. 3 For they being ignorant of God’s righteousness, and going about to establish their own righteousness, have not submitted themselves unto the righteousness of God. 4 For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to every one that believeth.
As we can see working throughout the entire Bible, the Father places much emphasis on the heart. The mind can be put under a veil and blinded, come up short in the smarts department, can misunderstand, and misinterpret the future as well as prophecy. But if the heart is good, not veiled but open to believing the Lord, then he’s got something he can work with.
The funny thing about the biblical definition of the heart, is that it can change, and this is what is important for us who believe to understand. Nobody is outside the reach of the Father- but the veiled heart denies and rejects him or his Word.
As Christians, we need to be mindful of this, and consider the heart of someone that’s unsaved. Include their heart toward the Lord in your prayers concerning them. Hearts can be moved and changed, particularly when prayer and supplication moves the Lord into intervening on their behalf.
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