Blessed Are Your Eyes
Matthew 13:16 But blessed are your eyes, for they see: and your ears, for they hear.
Intro: There is an enormous amount of Bible references to the spiritual eyes of a person.
Our theme this year is FOCUS. This is more than a physical eye problem. This is a spiritual eye need.
I. The Potential of the Eyes
A. To See our Sinful Wretchedness
- 5 For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil.
- 6 And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one wise, she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave also unto her husband with her; and he did eat.
- 7 And the eyes of them both were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together, and made themselves aprons.
B. To See our Spiritual Warfare
2 Kings 6
- 15 And when the servant of the man of God was risen early, and gone forth, behold, an host compassed the city both with horses and chariots. And his servant said unto him, Alas, my master! how shall we do?
- 16 And he answered, Fear not: for they that be with us are more than they that be with them.
- 17 And Elisha prayed, and said, LORD, I pray thee, open his eyes, that he may see. And the LORD opened the eyes of the young man; and he saw: and, behold, the mountain was full of horses and chariots of fire round about Elisha.
C. To See our Spiritual Wealth
- 17 That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give unto you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him:
- 18 The eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that ye may know what is the hope of his calling, and what the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints,
II. The Perception of the Eyes
God holds the key to the eyes of man.
God can open them and God can shut them.
Through the eye of faith, God can allow us to see even Him.
- Hebrews 11:27 By faith he (Moses) forsook Egypt, not fearing the wrath of the king: for he endured, as seeing him who is invisible.
But if we reject Him, He has the power to close our eyes.
He closes our eyes when we close our eyes.
- 13 Therefore speak I to them in parables: because they seeing see not; and hearing they hear not, neither do they understand.
- 14 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:
- 15 For this people’s heart is waxed gross, and their ears are dull of hearing, and their eyes they have closed; lest at any time they should see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and should understand with their heart, and should be converted, and I should heal them.
SEE Isaiah 6
Romans 1:19-21 God turned the light off.
QUOTE: Light received increases light. Light rejected decreases light. – Dr. Ron Comfort
- 22 The light of the body is the eye: if therefore thine eye be single, thy whole body shall be full of light.
- 23 But if thine eye be evil, thy whole body shall be full of darkness. If therefore the light that is in thee be darkness, how great is that darkness!
- 18 Having the understanding darkened, being alienated from the life of God through the ignorance that is in them, because of the blindness of their heart:
- 19 Who being past feeling have given themselves over unto lasciviousness, to work all uncleanness with greediness.
III. The Prize of the Eyes
Many prophets and righteous men desired to see what we see.
- 16 But blessed are your eyes, for they see: and your ears, for they hear.
- 17 For verily I say unto you, That many prophets and righteous men have desired to see those things which ye see, and have not seen them; and to hear those things which ye hear, and have not heard them.
Angels desire to see what our eyes have been blessed to see.
Turn to I Peter 1
- 8 Whom having not seen, ye love; in whom, though now ye see him not, yet believing, ye rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory:
- 9 Receiving the end of your faith, even the salvation of your souls.
- 10 Of which salvation the prophets have enquired and searched diligently, who prophesied of the grace that should come unto you:
- 11 Searching what, or what manner of time the Spirit of Christ which was in them did signify, when it testified beforehand the sufferings of Christ, and the glory that should follow.
- 12 Unto whom it was revealed, that not unto themselves, but unto us they did minister the things, which are now reported unto you by them that have preached the gospel unto you with the Holy Ghost sent down from heaven; which things the angels desire to look into.
Our eyes have been blessed to see what the Old Testament saints couldn’t see.
Our eyes have been blessed to see what the Old Testament prophets prophesied and did not see.
Our eyes have been blessed to see things that the angels desire to look into.
Conclusion: The church of Laodicea had a problem. They were blind and didn’t know it. They had eyes but they could not see. They had allowed their sin, their pride, their self-reliance and their lukewarm state to rob them of their ability to see.
- 17 Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked:
- 18 I counsel thee to buy of me gold tried in the fire, that thou mayest be rich; and white raiment, that thou mayest be clothed, and that the shame of thy nakedness do not appear; and anoint thine eyes with eyesalve, that thou mayest see.