The Lord Jesus said in Matthew 13:13-14:
Because they seeing see not; and hearing they hear not, neither do they understand.
And in them is fulfilled the prophecy of Esaias, which saith, By hearing ye shall hear, and shall not understand; and seeing ye shall see, and shall not perceive.
This is a very favorable verse in the eyes of God. God repeated these words many times over in the Bible. Let us now look at nine other places where these words are repeated:
And he said, Go, and tell this people, Hear ye indeed, but understand not; and see ye indeed, but perceive not.
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.
That seeing they may see, and not perceive; and hearing they may hear, and not understand; lest at any time they should be converted, and their sins should be forgiven them.
And he said, Unto you it is given to know the mysteries of the kingdom of God: but to others in parables; that seeing they might not see, and hearing they might not understand.
He hath blinded their eyes, and hardened their heart; that they should not see with their eyes, nor understand with their heart, and be converted, and I should heal them.
Saying, Go unto this people, and say, Hearing ye shall hear, and shall not understand; and seeing ye shall see, and not perceive:
(According as it is written, God hath given them the spirit of slumber, eyes that they should not see, and ears that they should not hear;) unto this day.
2 Corinthians 3:14
But their minds were blinded: for until this day remaineth the same vail untaken away in the reading of the old testament; which vail is done away in Christ.
For the LORD hath poured out upon you the spirit of deep sleep, and hath closed your eyes: the prophets and your rulers, the seers hath he covered.
Why would God repeat this truth so many times?
If God repeats this truth in ten places in the Bible, and God backs this up with many other places in the Bible which support these concepts of election and predestination, then we can be sure that God wants this truth to be one of the fundamental truths of the Gospel of salvation. God wants us to understand who He is and what He does.
Who has blinded their spiritual eyes and who has stopped their spiritual ears so that they do not understand?
John 12:40, and Romans 11:8, and Isaiah 29:10 clearly say that God has done it. Some people want to avoid this answer. They say Satan has done this. But Satan is not found in all these ten places where God says that their ears are stopped and their eyes are blinded. It is true that Satan also takes part in the action, but Satan is not an independent god. Satan can only do those things that God allows him to do, and thus God takes all the responsibility for blinding their eyes and stopping their ears.
It is an integral part of the Gospel message that we worship a God who is absolutely sovereign. It is an integral part of the Gospel message that God gives faith and understanding to those whom He wants to save, but others, whom God does not intend to save, He blinds their spiritual eyes and He hardens their heart so that they do not understand the true Gospel. Instead they will pick and choose out of the Bible and make themselves another gospel, and another god whom they worship. This is what a hardened heart does.
It is just as much idolatry as the heathen who fall down before wood and stone idols that they have made. It is utter wickedness not to listen to what God says in the Bible. It is utter wickedness to create another gospel which closely resembles the true Gospel, but which God has not commanded. And thus we come to recognize that the many “free-will gospels” that are out there are utter abominations to God and those who follow them are still unsaved and are on the way to Hell. It is then also understandable why so many churches these days are falling away into a charismatic gospel. Those who have been saved by Christ are forever saved, and they will not be enticed by the charismatic gospel, even if it is presented as very close to the true Gospel.
But those who are unsaved will fall for it. For many years God has prepared the stage for His wrath on the end time church by allowing preachers of “free-will” gospels to infiltrate churches all over the world, so that the preachers as well as the congregations they gather are not saved. And thus they are open targets for the deception of Satan in the Last Days that God is still bringing divine messages in dreams, and visions, and angel visitations and tongues. It does not trouble them that these are all violations of Revelation 22:18, since they only pick and choose from the Bible. It is a natural tendency for those whose gospel is in error to fall from one error into another that is even worse. And so we see that Matthew 13:13-14 again convey the answer to the question:
Is it God’s will that many remain spiritually deaf and blind?
The answer is absolutely Yes!
By Alfred J. Chompff