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The Dangers of Spiritual Darkness

The Dangers of Spiritual Darkness

This season on the Straight Truth Podcast, Dr. Richard Caldwell and host, Dr. Josh Philpot are before a live audience seeking to answer questions that are on the hearts and minds of those in attendance. Today our questioner asks about Jesus’ teaching in Matthew 6:22-23. He would like to know what Jesus means when He says, “The eye is the lamp of the body.”

Dr. Caldwell says how he views this teaching, is he sees the Lord giving us a comparison or an analogy that means to teach us a spiritual truth. He shares that God has designed our bodies in a way that our eyes serve the whole person. So, there is a sense that when our eyes are healthy, the whole life, the whole body, the whole person is enlightened. But when the eye or eyes are bad, you either have difficulty seeing or cannot see at all. The entire body is in jeopardy when this is the case. Dr. Caldwell says we can think about this from the perspective of someone who has their physical eyesight and from one who is blind.

He asks us to stop and think about how the eyes serve the rest of the body and then gives us an example. He helps us see how Jesus uses the physical to point to the spiritual truth. The healthy eye is the eye that sees, the eye that has spiritual perception. This eye, therefore, benefits the whole body to be full of light. But if the eye is bad it cannot see, it lacks spiritual understanding, and the entire body (the person) will be in darkness.

Spiritually Blind

In the second half of verse 23, Dr. Caldwell understands the Lord as making application of what He teaches in these verses. Dr. Caldwell confirms this by explaining that we can have our physical eyesight and still be spiritually blind. He shares that this is the great darkness of which Jesus speaks. For us to live in this state of darkness is far greater than physical blindness alone.

Dr. Caldwell reminds us that in the larger context of these two verses, the Lord Jesus has been speaking about what and where our treasures are. Dr. Caldwell explains that the kind of things Jesus speaks about in the surrounding verses, cannot be done without spiritual vision. He further states that evidence of being darkened in our spiritual perceptions is that we go about our living focused on the things of this world. Instead of focusing our lives on what is really valuable and lasting forever, we stay focused on the temporal. Our focus should be on serving God Himself, not that what God gives. If we cannot see this, we are in great darkness.

Dr. Philpot shares that Matthew and the other gospel writers pick up on this idea of light. They speak of our lives being like lights that shouldn’t be hidden but put up high that we might shine our light to all that is around. He asks Dr. Caldwell if there is a correlation between this passage and that application. Dr. Caldwell says he thinks that the correlation would have to do with the image of light. Once we are brought into the light, there is light in us.

Light To The World

It is then, through us, that God gives light to the world- at least as a testimony to light. God is the giver of the spiritual ability to perceive that light. We are only witnesses of the light. It’s God who saves us, and in doing so He gives us eyes to see and ears to hear, spiritually speaking.

We are not born with this ability. God regenerates us. He gives us new birth that enables us to receive the light that was already there. Paul shares this with us in the second letter to the Corinthians. He speaks of how God, who said let light shine out of the darkness, has made His light shine in our hearts. It is this that enables us to perceive the glory of God in the face of His Son. Before being regenerated, Jesus may be presented to me many times.

Let There Be Light

However, I can never truly recognize Him until God says, let there be light. When He does, it’s at this very moment that we are given spiritual eyes and are really able to see who Jesus is. So then, all this light that is in us is to be a reflection of who Jesus is. And we need to distinguish like John the Baptist did between being a witness to the Light and the Light, Himself. We bear witness to the One who is the light. It’s the knowledge of Him that makes us lamps in this world.

Having eyes to see, being given spiritual sight is a precious gift. We have a great responsibility to act and live as children of God, those who belong to His kingdom. We have been given light, brought into the light, and entrusted with the message of that light. Therefore as sons and daughters of light, we should never behave in such a way as if we are still in darkness. Acting and behaving in ways of darkness would be to diminish, dim, and even hide that light.

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Season 14 Credits

Produced by
Juan Carlos Claveria

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Joshua Philpot
David Anders

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