light has come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light,
because their deeds were evil. For everyone practicing evil
hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his deeds
should be exposed."
"... if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are
perishing, whose minds the god of this age has blinded, who do
not believe, lest the light of the gospel of the glory of
Christ, who is the image of God, should shine on them.
"For we do not preach ourselves, but Christ Jesus the
Lord, and ourselves your bondservants for Jesus’ sake. For it
is the God who commanded light to shine out of darkness, who has
shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the
glory of God...."
"Hear this now, O
foolish people, without understanding,
Who have eyes and see not, and who have ears and hear not:
Do you not fear Me?’ says the Lord.
‘Will you not tremble at My presence?"
"But they refused to
heed, shrugged their shoulders, and stopped their ears so that
they could not hear. Yes, they made their hearts like flint,
refusing to hear..." Zachariah
They do not understand
"...the light shines in the
darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it."
and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth."
2 Timothy 3:7
"Jesus spoke to the
multitude in parables; and without a parable He did not speak to
them, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet,
saying: 'I will open My mouth in parables; I will utter things
kept secret from the foundation of the world.'”
"And the disciples came
and said to Him, 'Why do You speak to them in parables?' He answered
and said to them, 'Because it has been given to you to know the
mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it has not been given.
Therefore I speak to them in parables, because seeing they do not
see, and hearing they do not hear, nor do they understand. And in them
the prophecy of Isaiah is fulfilled, which says:
‘Hearing you will hear and shall not understand, and seeing you
will see and not perceive; for the hearts of this people have grown
dull. Their ears are hard of hearing, and their eyes they have
closed..." Matthew 13:10-15
"Paul... has written to
you, as also in all his
epistles... in which are some
things hard to understand, which untaught and unstable people twist
to their own destruction, as they do also the rest of the
"You therefore, beloved, since you know this
beforehand, beware lest you also fall from your own steadfastness,
being led away with the error of the wicked; but grow in the grace
and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ."
"But He turned and said to
Peter, 'Get behind Me, Satan! You are an offense to Me, for you are not mindful of the things of God,
but the things of men.'”
"These people draw near to Me with their mouth, and honor Me with
their lips, but their heart is far from
Me. And in vain they worship Me,
teaching as doctrines the commandments of men.’”
"I now send you, to open
their eyes, in order to turn them from darkness to light, and from
the power of Satan to God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins and
an inheritance among those who are sanctified by faith in Me.’"
“You shall speak My words to them, whether they hear or whether they
"For this reason we... do
not cease to pray for you, and to ask that you may be filled with
the knowledge of His will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding;
that you may walk worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing Him, being
fruitful in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of
God; strengthened with all might, according to His glorious
power, for all patience and longsuffering with joy; giving
thanks to the Father who has qualified us to be partakers of the
inheritance of the saints in the light. He has delivered us from
the power of darkness and conveyed us into the kingdom of the Son
of His love, in whom we have redemption through His blood, the
forgiveness of sins."
Only by His Spirit can we see
"He opened their
understanding, that they might comprehend the Scriptures.”
we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is
from God, that we might know the things that have been freely
given to us by God.”
"And we know that the Son
of God has come and has given us an understanding, that we may know
Him who is true; and we are in Him who is true, in His Son Jesus Christ.
This is the true God and eternal life."
1 John 5:20
wisdom among those who are mature, yet not the wisdom of this age,
nor of the rulers of this age, who are coming to nothing. But we
speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, the hidden wisdom which God
ordained before the ages for our glory, which none of the
rulers of this age knew; for had they known, they would not have
crucified the Lord of glory.
"But as it is written: 'Eye has not seen,
nor ear heard, nor have entered into the heart of man the things
which God has prepared for those who love Him.'
"But God has revealed them to us through
"All Scripture is given
by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for
reproof, for correction, for instruction in
righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly
equipped for every good work."
Strength to follow the Truth
"Thy word have I hid in
mine heart that I might not sin against thee."
"Now to Him who is able to
establish you according to my gospel and the preaching of Jesus
Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery kept secret
since the world began but now made manifest, and by the
prophetic Scriptures made known to all nations, according to the
commandment of the everlasting God, for obedience to the faith—
to God, alone wise, be glory through Jesus Christ
forever." Romans 16:25-27
"Therefore do not
be unwise, but understand what the will of the Lord is.
And do not be drunk with wine, in which is dissipation; but be
filled with the Spirit, speaking to one another in psalms and
hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart
to the Lord, giving thanks always for all things to God the Father
in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, submitting to one another in
the fear of God."
"And so we have the
prophetic word confirmed, which you do well to heed as a light
that shines in a dark place, until the day dawns and the
morning star rises in your chearts; knowing this first, that no
prophecy of Scripture is of any private interpretation, for
prophecy never came by the will of man, but holy men of God spoke
as they were moved by the Holy Spirit."
2 Peter 1:19
"I am Your servant;
give me understanding,
That I may know Your testimonies."
You asked, 'Who
is this who hides counsel without knowledge?’
Therefore I have uttered what I did not understand,
Things too wonderful for me, which I did not know."
"Study to show thyself
approved unto God, a workman that needs not to be ashamed, rightly
dividing the word of truth. But shun profane and vain
babblings: for they will increase unto more ungodliness."