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Discussion in '2005 Archive' started by whatever, Sep 20, 2005.
Why did the Gentiles' eyes need to be opened before they could turn to God?
Having our eyes opened by God, and God prying our eyes open are two separate things. We do not choose that which is righteous and good naturally, but that which is evil. The Holy Spirit convicts and draws. Faith comes from hearing, and hearing from the Word. Paul was sent to deliver the Gospel so that the gentiles may "hear".
Gill on the verse:
Then the eyes of the blind shall be opened, and the ears of the deaf unstopped; (Isa 35:5 ESV)
Love in the lamb,
Who does the "blinding"?
2Co 4:4 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.
Notice this is not God blinding man, but satan.
Of course, johnp would say that God causes Satan to blind the minds.