Biblical Concept: Spiritual
1) Spiritual vision and eternal
2) Spiritual vision and a
critical, objective, self-perspective.
3) Spiritual vision and temporal
4) Spiritual vision and end
1) Spiritual vision and
1) God the Father secretly knows our spiritual
Matthew 6:4, 6, 18; Your Father
Who sees in secret will repay you.
activities and will reward
us eternally. 2) The Christian life is filled with
spiritual activities that
only God can see, and that only He can
1) Note the context of verses 16-17. The sufferings
2 Corinthians 4:18; We look not
at things which are seen, but unseen, seen = temporal, unseen = eternal.
of the Christian Life are
balanced by the knowledge that these sufferings
result in greater eternal
reward. 2) Unseen eternal things are infinitely
more important than this temporal
life. 3) The things of the “inner man”
(16b) have eternal ramifications
(18b). 4) Living life with an eternal
spiritual vision gives us
confidence (note 16a). 5) Living life with an
eternal spiritual vision =
reward (17b & 18b).
1) Christians believe in a God invisible to them.
Hebrews 11:1; Now faith is the
assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.
Christians believe in promises
related to an eternal future also invisible to
them. 2) The Christian’s
faith, however, through the indwelling Holy
Spirit’s encouragement (see
Romans 8:14-16), is confidence building.
The Christian knows God exists,
the Christian knows there is a heavenly
reward for them. Compare
1 John 5:19a, “We know we are right.” (My
One of the reasons Moses was chosen of God to lead
Hebrews 11:26-27, Moses’ spiritual
Israel and speak with God,
person to person, was his spiritual vision.
1) In verses 15-18, Paul prays for the Ephesians’
Ephesians 1:18; I pray that the
eyes of your heart may be enlightened, so that you may know what is the
hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance
in the saints.
2) In verse 17b, spiritual “wisdom” and
“knowledge” lead up to spiritual
enlightenment (18a). 3) In 18b-19a,
the Ephesians needed to gain
enlightenment regarding God’s hope,
calling, riches, glory,
inheritance and power for Christians. 4) Spiritual
vision provides confidence
in the Christian’s life (1:15-18).
1) All members of the human race have the spiritual
Romans 1:20, Spiritual vision
and God consciousness.
vision to “see” that God exists.
2) All humans have the potential for
eternal spiritual perspective.
2) Spiritual vision and
a critical, objective, self-perspective.
Spiritual vision takes a critical personal objectivity.
Matthew 7:3-5; Look at the speck
in your brother’s eye, but not notice the log in own, first take the log
out of your eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of
your brother’s eye.
1) In 2 Corinthians chapter 10, Paul is yet
Mark 8:18; Having eyes, do you
not see? Note the hardened heart in 17b.
Acts 28:26-27; Israel’s lack of
spiritual vision. Compare “hear” in verse 27 with “listen” in verse
1 Corinthians 10:12, seeing (take
heed) and humility.
2 Corinthians 10:7, You are looking
at things as they are outwardly.
attempting to improve the
Corinthians’ spiritual vision related to spiritual
leaders. Compare 1 Corinthians
3:4. 2) The Corinthians were
evaluating spiritual leaders
“outwardly.” See 2 Corinthians 10:10-12.
3) In 2 Corinthians
10:3-6, Paul makes one of the great descriptions of
living with spiritual vision--living
oriented to and fighting in the Angelic
conflict. The Corinthians
were looking at things “outwardly” (2
Corinthians 10:7). They
were evaluating spiritual leaders outwardly (2
Corinthians 10:10b, 12b),
instead of with the spirit vision of: “How well
does this spiritual leader
prepare me to fight in the Angelic Conflict?”
The Laodicean Church needed to improve their
Revelation 3:18; eyesalve to anoint
your eyes , that you may see.
spiritual vision. They
were failing the prosperity test (verse 17).
Diligence, faith, excellence, knowledge, self-control,
2 Peter 1:9, For he who lacks
these qualities (vv. 5-7) is blind or short sighted.
perseverance, godliness, brotherly
kindness and love (vv.5-7) build
False teachers have earthly visions which block eternal
Luke 11:34-35; The lamp of your
body is your eye; when your eye is clear, your whole body also is full
of light; but when it is bad, your body also is full of darkness.
Then watch out that the light in you may not be darkness.
2 Peter 2:14; Having eyes full
of adultery and that never cease from sin, enticing unstable souls, having
a heart trained in greed, accursed children.
Keep part of your spiritual vision focused on yourself for maximum eternal
1 John 2:11; hates his brother.
. .in darkness. . .darkness has blinded his eyes.
Galatians 6:1; Each one looking
to yourself, lest you too be tempted.
1 John 2:16, Lust of the eyes.
. .from the world.
2 John 8, Watching self and eternal
3) Spiritual vision and
As we live our earthly lives (12:1), the manner in
Hebrews 12:2a; Fixing our eyes
which we will run with spiritual
endurance (12:1b) is by fixing our eyes
on Jesus (12:2a).
Evangelism takes spiritual vision.
1 Corinthians 8:9, seeing (take
heed) and liberty. Also Galatians 5:13-15.
Ephesians 5:15, seeing (“be”)
and careful Christian walking.
Philippians 3:2, Seeing (“be ware”)
and religion. Also Colossians 2:8.
Colossians 4:17; Seeing (“take
heed”), ministry and fulfillment.
Hebrews 3:12, Seeing (“take care”)
and CWL unbelief.
Hebrews 12:15; See to it that
no one comes short of the grace of God.
Hebrews 12:25; See to it that
you do not refuse Him who is speaking.
1 Peter 1:8; Though you have not
seen Him, you love Him, and though you do not see Him now, but believe
in Him, you greatly rejoice with joy inexpressible and full of glory.
2 Corinthians 5:7; For we walk
by faith, not by sight.
John 4:35; Behold, I say to you,
lift up your eyes and look on the fields, that they are white for harvest.
4) Spiritual vision and end
Colossians 1:16, Invisible creation.
Compare 1 Peter 5:8.
James 1:25; But one who looks
intently at the perfect law. . .blessed in what he does.
1 John 3:22; Ask, receive, keep
commandments, do the things that are pleasing in His sight.
Philippians 2:4; Do not merely
look out for your own personal interests, but also for the interests of
Mark 13:5; (Of the Day of the
Lord) see to it that no one misleads you. Note also Mark 13:23, 33.
Compare Hebrews 10:25.
Titus 2:13; Looking for the blessed
hope and the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ.
Also 2 Peter 3:12-14.