A Christian can not cause a sinner to understand spiritual issues. Only the Holy Spirit can cause a sinner to see the light of truth. The Holy Spirit can use a Christian as a tool and as an instrument to cause a sinner to see the light of truth. But only God, working through the ministry of the Holy Spirit, can cause a person to see or not see the truth. Only God can cause a person to hear or not hear the instruction in righteousness. Only God can awaken the sleepy or dead souls, that they may see and hear with their mind and their heart.
2 And Moses called unto all Israel, and said unto them, Ye have seen all that the Lord did before your eyes in the land of Egypt unto Pharaoh, and unto all his servants, and unto all his land;
3 The great temptations which thine eyes have seen, the signs, and those great miracles:
4 Yet the Lord hath not given you an heart to perceive, and eyes to see, and ears to hear, unto this day.
God told Moses to tell the people that God had not given them a heart to perceive, eyes to see or ears to hear. The people were spiritually deaf and blind. Only God could heal their condition. It is still the same today. If God does not decide to heal your spiritual eyes and ears, you also will be deaf and blind.
Sinners may acquire an academic and intellectual knowledge of God, but they will never have the required broken and contrite heart without the mercy of God bringing conviction upon their heart and mind. Except God draw them through His Holy Spirit, they are doomed to eternal death and separation from God.
False prophets and false religious teachers will never see the error of their doctrine if God does not discern a humble and honest heart to know and seek after the truth. It is a terrible condition to be separated from God and know not the mercy and love of God to correct and chastise you so that you can amend your ways and your beliefs.
1 The word of the Lord also came unto me, saying,
2 Son of man, thou dwellest in the midst of a rebellious house, which have eyes to see, and see not; they have ears to hear, and hear not: for they are a rebellious house.
The Jewish people were well educated in the Law of Moses. They were diligently taught by the scribes and Levites to know and understand the commandments of God. However, the people were rebellious and their rebellion brought on their blindness.
He that hath ears to hear, let him hear.
Who hath ears to hear, let him hear.
41 The Son of man shall send forth his angels, and they shall gather out of his kingdom all things that offend, and them which do iniquity;
42 And shall cast them into a furnace of fire: there shall be wailing and gnashing of teeth.
43 Then shall the righteous shine forth as the sun in the kingdom of their Father. Who hath ears to hear, let him hear.
Who can hear? Who can see? Only those who will not rebel against the knowledge and light of truth. Only those who will listen to the Holy Spirit and prove all things with humility.
14 And when he had called all the people unto him, he said unto them, Hearken unto me every one of you, and understand:
15 There is nothing from without a man, that entering into him can defile him: but the things which come out of him, those are they that defile the man.
16 If any man have ears to hear, let him hear.
Your physical ears do not make you able to hear with your heart. Your physical eyes do not make you able to see with your heart. What you receive into your heart must be certified by the inerrant word of God which comes to you by the voice of the Holy Spirit. The main problem is that when people hear the voice of the Holy Spirit they allow many things to cause them to not hear. The voice of the Holy Spirit is over-ridden by the voices of fleshly desires, pride, false doctrine, traditions, etc.
34 Salt is good: but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be seasoned?
35 It is neither fit for the land, nor yet for the dunghill; but men cast it out. He that hath ears to hear, let him hear.
The frequency of this counsel, “He that hath ears to hear, let him hear.” lets us know that there is a great challenge to succeeding in the fulfillment of this counsel. We have many adversaries which work hard to prevent us from hearing and seeing what the Lord wants to show to us. Satan stands beside you to resist you and distract you away from God.
8 Also I heard the voice of the Lord, saying, Whom shall I send, and who will go for us? Then said I, Here am I; send me.
9 And he said, Go, and tell this people, Hear ye indeed, but understand not; and see ye indeed, but perceive not.
10 Make the heart of this people fat, and make their ears heavy, and shut their eyes; lest they see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and understand with their heart, and convert, and be healed.
I pray that this which happened to Israel does not also happen to you. If God makes your ears heavy and shuts your eyes, you will be lost and damned.
13 But he answered and said, Every plant, which my heavenly Father hath not planted, shall be rooted up.
14 Let them alone: they be blind leaders of the blind. And if the blind lead the blind, both shall fall into the ditch.
If you ignore the voice of the Holy Spirit and follow after blind leaders, you will be taken away in your own sins and the blind leaders will also be punished for their failure to warn you of the consequences of evil. No person will be able to blame another person, not even a false teacher, for the blindness which they have allowed to shut their eyes to the truth.
15 Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye compass sea and land to make one proselyte, and when he is made, ye make him twofold more the child of hell than yourselves.
16 Woe unto you, ye blind guides, which say, Whosoever shall swear by the temple, it is nothing; but whosoever shall swear by the gold of the temple, he is a debtor!
17 Ye fools and blind: for whether is greater, the gold, or the temple that sanctifieth the gold?
18 And, Whosoever shall swear by the altar, it is nothing; but whosoever sweareth by the gift that is upon it, he is guilty.
19 Ye fools and blind: for whether is greater, the gift, or the altar that sanctifieth the gift?
To be deaf and blind to the truth is a foolish thing. It should not happen. God is faithful and merciful. It is not His will that any should perish. If you are blind and deaf, it is your own fault because when the Holy Spirit spoke truth to your heart, you did not listen and obey. You allowed false doctrine, personalities, traditions, etc. to destroy the truth which God sent to you by the Word and the Holy Spirit.
39 And Jesus said, For judgment I am come into this world, that they which see not might see; and that they which see might be made blind.
40 And some of the Pharisees which were with him heard these words, and said unto him, Are we blind also?
41 Jesus said unto them, If ye were blind, ye should have no sin: but now ye say, We see; therefore your sin remaineth.
If you are blind due to a lack of opportunity to know the truth, then there is no sin charge against you. However, if you are blind due to your own rebellion against the light of truth, then your sin remaineth.
18 I counsel thee to buy of me gold tried in the fire, that thou mayest be rich; and white raiment, that thou mayest be clothed, and that the shame of thy nakedness do not appear; and anoint thine eyes with eyesalve, that thou mayest see.
19 As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent.
To anoint thy eyes with eye salve implies the use of the anointing oil which is symbolic of obtaining the counsel and inspiration of the Holy Spirit. Without the help of the Holy Spirit, you will not see or hear the spiritual truths necessary for salvation and victory over all the power and temptations of Satan.
Sanctification, as a second cleansing work of grace, is an instantaneous act of God upon the heart of the submissive and obedient child of God. However, seeking the help and guidance, the counsel and leadership of the Holy Spirit, is a continual necessity. It is as the scriptures teach us to “pray without ceasing.” We need the help of the Holy Spirit every minute of our day, in decisions, in discussions, in discernment and in doctrine.
I pray, may the Lord give you the light of truth and take away your blindness and your deafness.