But [the Jews’] minds were hardened. For to this day, when they read the old covenant, that same veil remains unlifted, because only through Christ is it taken away. Yes, to this day whenever Moses is read a veil lies over their hearts. But when one turns to the Lord, the veil is removed. Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.
(2 Corinthians 3:14 – 17)

Jews and Gentiles Alike

Sorrowful is the condition of the heart of a Jew. Hearing the Torah, they were unable to see God’s true message through the Scriptures. And even today, when they hear the Gospel, as set forth through the Word, they cannot understand it – for they are blinded.

Unbelief is an issue of spirit, not of intellect.

It is safe to conclude that unbelievers today also bear this very same “veil.” Too often, we think that we can bring someone to the light of the Gospel by arguing with them. Surely if they knew the facts, they would believe! And while I am not condemning apologetics, this alone will not do. Why? Unbelief is an issue of spirit, not of intellect.

Praying to Remove the Veil

In 2 Kings 6:15-17, we read:

When the servant of the man of God rose early in the morning and went out, behold, an army with horses and chariots was all around the city. And the servant said, Alas, my master! What shall we do?” He said, “Do not be afraid, for those who are with us are more than those who are with them.” Then Elisha prayed and said, “O LORD, please open his eyes that he may see.” So the LORD opened the eyes of the young man, and he saw, and behold, the mountain was full of horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha.

If Elisha’s servant’s eyes had not been opened, he would never have believed their forces were superior to the Syrians! This was not a matter of convincing his servant; eyes needed opening.

Only the Spirit of the Lord can free!

Humans can reason, but we cannot remove spiritual cataracts on our own. When we beg a person to see the light of Christ, we must first surround the person in prayer, and often fasting.

Who have you been trying to save? Remember that you cannot. It is Jesus who saves; it is the Spirit who quickens. Pray for the person – and as you talk with them, the Father’s blessing will surround you two, and the Spirit of the Lord will be near.

The grace of our Lord Jesus be with you all.