Who is it that blinds men to the gospel of Christ?


"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." 2 Cor. 4: 4.
NOTES - "To my mind this precious doctrine-for such I must call it-of the return of the Lord to
this earth is taught in the New Testament as clearly as any other doctrine in it; yet I was in the church
fifteen or sixteen years before I ever heard a sermon on it. There is hardly any church that does not make a
great deal of baptism; but in all of Paul's epistles I believe baptism is spoken of only thirteen times, while it
speaks about the return of our Lord fifty times; and yet the church has had very little to say about it. Now I
can see a reason for this. The devil does not want us to see this truth; for nothing would wake up the
church so much. The moment a man takes hold of the truth that Jesus Christ is coming back again to
receive His followers to Himself, this world loses its hold on him. . . . His heart is free, and he looks for the
blessed appearing of his Lord, who, at His coming, will take him into His blessed kingdom."-" The Second
Coming of Christ," by D. L. Moody, pages 6, 7.
" 'This same Jesus, which is taken up from you into heaven, shall so come in like manner as you
have seen Him go into heaven,' is the parting promise of Jesus to His disciples, communicated through the
two men in white apparel, as a cloud received Him out of their sight. When after more than fifty years in
glory He breaks the silence and speaks once more in the Revelation which He gave to His servant John, the
post-ascension gospel which He sends opens with, 'Behold, He comes with clouds,' and closes with, 'Surely
I come quickly.' Considering the solemn emphasis thus laid upon this doctrine, and considering the great
prominence given to it throughout the teaching of our Lord and of His apostles, how was it that for the first
five years of my pastoral life it had absolutely no place in my preaching? Undoubtedly, the reason lay in
the lack of early instruction. Of all the sermons heard from childhood on, I do not remember listening to a
single one upon this subject. - "How Christ Came to Church," by A. J. Gordon, D.D., pages 44, 45.

3. By what comparison is it indicated that some portions of God's Word are more difficult to understand than others?
What writings are specifically mentioned as containing some things difficult to understand?
What should we say for such a Saviour?
What did the Lord command Abraham to do?
How earnestly should parents teach their children the things of God?
When praying what must we do in order to be forgiven?
What therefore follows?

Questions & Answers are from the book Bible Readings for the Home Circle