Ever try to the share the Gospel and people don’t understand what you are saying? You’re saying all the right words, but nothing is connecting? There’s a reason for that, and it’s pretty terrible news.
No matter how clearly you share the Gospel, unbelievers cannot understand it.
Before you use this as an excuse to stop witnessing and inviting friends to church, let’s dive into the Biblical context for this statement and see what we can do. The Apostle Paul wrote to the Corinthians,
And even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing. In their case the god of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelievers, to keep them from seeing the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God. 2 Corinthians 4:3-4
Well, let’s all give up right now. The “god of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelievers,” and this is keeping them from “seeing the light of the gospel!”
This passage of Scripture says it’s literally impossible for unbelievers to understand the Gospel because a false god blinds them.
This makes a lot of sense to me. I remember a time in my life, being raised by Hindu Sri Lankan refugees, where I did not understand what Jesus did for me. The Gospel seemed like a mythical fairytale having nothing to do with me. It was a great story with cliché principles, but not something you dedicated the entirety of your life to.
However, my story didn’t end there. People began praying for me, and the veil that blinded me for years tore. For the first time I understood the Gospel, and dedicated my life to be a lover and follower of Jesus Christ while realizing there is hope for the unbeliever.
In Matthew 27:50, when Jesus gives up His spirit on the cross, the following verses say,
At that moment the curtain of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom. The earth shook, the rocks split and the tombs broke open.
We see in this verse that the sacrifice of Jesus tears all veils separating us from communing with God. This is powerful and hope-filled news! Even if the god of the world is blinding the minds of unbelievers, as Christians we can break those veils by praying and invoking the power of the Cross! So, don’t give up sharing the good news! Use the power of prayer and the cross to tear the veils blinding a generation in darkness, and share the light of God.
Before witnessing and sharing the Gospel, make sure you pray—it’s the only way people can understand anything you say!