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When Christ becomes precious to anyone who finds the forgiveness of sins and salvation in Jesus Christ, the question arises as to why others don’t repent of their sins and come to Christ and receive life. Why doesn’t everyone trust the only Savior and Lord there is?

Newly born-again people often have a rude awakening when sharing what God has done for them and in them. They find others are not interested and often become hostile, especially if they consider themselves religious. Family members may become upset. Friends may no longer be friends. There may be teasing, mocking, cruelty, exclusion or even pity. For some new Christians speaking openly of Christ can even mean violence, imprisonment or death.

What may hurt most is that Christians simply want their friends or relatives to know the Savior we have come to know and love. We want other people to be able to face the judgment day without fear and to dwell with Christ forever. We don’t want people to perish in their sins.

Sometimes Christians are unwise in how we say things. We never will be perfect people in this present life. Sometimes we get into minor issues and make them more important than they are.

But the question remains: Why doesn’t everyone trust in Christ? That question has many answers, but let’s look at just one. The apostle Paul, who before he became a Christian was a horrendous persecutor of Christians, describes what happens when a person becomes a Christian.

“For God, who said, ‘Let light shine out of darkness,’ has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.” (2 Corinthians 4:6)

The new birth is such radical a work of God it is compared to the first day of Creation when God said, “Let there be light.” (Notice Paul tells us God shines his light into our hearts.)

What is the light God shines into our hearts?

The knowledge of his own glory.

And where is this glory seen?

“In the face of Jesus Christ.”

As Jesus told Philip in John 14:9 “Whoever has seen me has seen the Father.”

Paul is not speaking literally of seeing Christ’s face, though one day all believers will behold Christ face to face.

What Paul is saying is when one is born again his whole view of God and Christ changes.

Now the question is why didn’t the Christian see this before he became a Christian, and why can’t unbelievers see it, since the glory of God is always in the face of Christ?

We simply go back up to 2 Corinthians 4: 3,4 where Paul writes, “And even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing.” (verse 3)

Paul says the gospel is covered up to “those who are perishing.”

How is it that it is veiled? Why didn’t people see the glory in Christ? “…the god of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelievers…”

Why does Satan blind people’s minds? “…to keep them from seeing the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God.” (verse 4)

Do you see what God is telling us here?

Unbelievers are blind to Christ’s glory. Christ means little or nothing to them.

Why are they blind?

Because their god keeps them in blindness, lest they see and be saved. Satan is no one’s friend.

The glory of Christ is always there, but no one can see it until the veil is removed.

And how is it removed? God shines the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ into hearts.

Back in 2 Corinthians 3:16 we read, “But when one turns to the Lord, the veil is removed.”

Then in 1 Corinthians 3:18 Paul describes the Christian. “And we all, with unveiled face, beholding the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another. For this comes from the Lord who is the Spirit.”

Christian, don’t be discouraged by the responses of those you love dearly. Remember that what God has done for you, he has not ye done for others. But if he took away your blindness and mine, he can take away the veil of anyone.

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Charles Fitzpatrick is the pastor of Reibers Reformed Baptist Church near Shermans Dale.

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