And even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing,2 Corinthians 4:3(NASB)
Paul had a glorious ministry, that flung wide the door of salvation to men. He opened-up the Word of God and taught the glorious gospel of grace to Jew and Gentile alike. This apostle of God revealed many of the biblical truths and treasures, which we have received, as a free gift of grace, by trusting in Christ Jesus as Saviour.
Paul had been a strict Jew, and had followed the traditions of men. But since being commissioned by God as apostle to the gentiles.. and renouncing his former ways, he recognised that both the deceitful handling of God's word by legalistic Pharisees, together with Satan's crafty deceit, the shining light of the gospel of God, was shrouded to those that were lost and veiled to those that are perishing.
The scheming god of this world has cunningly placed a veil of deception, and dark shadows of deceit, over the hearts of the unsaved. Although Paul faithfully taught the truth of God's Word, the mind of sinners have been blinded to the truth, and deceived by the cruel god of this age - Satan.
Paul discovered that God's grace is sufficient, His strength is freely supplied and His mercies are new every morning. Despite his careful teaching, his systematic delivery of the gospel and his earnest desire to clarify the truth of God's word.. through precept and practice, Paul recognised that the gospel remained hidden from to those that were perishing - for the god of this world has cast a veil over the word of God, which has shrouded the truth from those that are lost, and dead in their sin.
God is not to blame for the veil that has blinded so many to the truth of the gospel. The heavens declare the glory of God and man's inner conscience enables him to know the good, and to shun the evil. And in His grace, God has sent His only begotten Son into the world, as the sacrifice for sin, so that all who believe on Him would not perish, but have everlasting life.
But there are many who are perishing today. There are multitudes in the valley of decisions. There are men and women, who have been blinded by the wiles of the devil and the false teachings of fallen men - but even if our gospel is veiled - it is veiled to those who are perishing - because the god of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelieving, who are condemned and perishing.. so that they might not see the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of the invisible God.
The gospel of grace is a bright, shining light in a darkened world, which is more brilliant than the noon-day sun, but despite the many witnesses to the Word of truth - by means of creation, conscience, the convicting work of the Holy Spirit and the biblical canon of scripture, the gospel remains veiled to those that will not believe.
May we be ready and willing to share the good news to those whose ears are deaf and eyes are blinded to the truth - so that they may hear the good news of the gospel of grace - and be saved.
Heavenly Father, thank You for the many witnesses to the Word of truth. Thank You that salvation is freely available to all who will open their eyes to the truth of Your Word and unblock their ears to the satanic lies and deceptions, that come from the evil one. Look down in pity on those that are in the valley of decisions and bring many into saving faith this day - through the convicting work of the Holy Spirit - this we ask in Jesus name, AMEN.