Lesson Seven • Devotion #3: Win in the Spiritual First

“And even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing. In their case the god of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelievers, to keep them from seeing the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God.” 2 Corinthians 4:3-4

We too often forget that our vision to share the Gospel of Jesus is a spiritual battle first. We need to break through the veil if we are to gain the victory of a person coming to know Christ. Outward problems are often the symptom of an inward spiritual battle. Satan and his realm of punks actively suppress the truth of the Gospel. This is why Paul says in Ephesians chapter 6 that our “battle is not against flesh and blood.”

Spiritual warfare is a polarizing topic for us as Christians. We follow one of two extremes. First, we blame everything on Satan, excusing ourselves of responsibility and building ourselves up as victims. Second, we ignore the reality the Bible teaches us, and get frustrated in dealing with external problems when the real problem is spiritual, not a lack of hard work or poor choices. When Paul describes those who are perishing as being veiled from the Gospel, he is reminding you and me that a spiritual, not merely an intellectual battle, is happening. How do we break through?

We do not.

What you and I need to do is clearly present the Gospel. God is the one who breaks through the veil. When we work hard at clearly, plainly, passionately, and humbly presenting the Gospel, we give an opportunity for the light of the Gospel to breakthrough. God does the work, but we need to show up and speak up. For some of us, this is not an answer we like. We again ask, “How do we breakthrough?”

We do not.

Paul, in his final instructions to Timothy, gives clarity to the need of God being the One who breaks through the veil. Paul states in 2 Timothy 2:24-26, “And the Lord’s servant must not be quarrelsome but kind to everyone, able to teach, patiently enduring evil, correcting his opponents with gentleness. God may perhaps grant them repentance leading to a knowledge of the truth, and they may come to their senses and escape from the snare of the devil, after being captured by him to do his will.”

God is the one who breaks through the veil. God is the one who grants repentance. Our job is to show up and speak up, all while praying that God would break through it. God is more powerful than the veil. 

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