Jn.9:32,33 – “Since the beginning of time it has never been heard that anyone opened the eyes of a person born blind. If this man were not from God, He could do nothing.”
People always try to blame spiritual things on the devil. Everyone from Jesus to Jonathan Edwards to the present day, religious people have a very hard time with the power of God and the moving of the Spirit. In today’s story about the blind man the blind man turns the tables on the Pharisees. He came out and said it, “Isn’t it remarkable that you don’t recognize this miracle as the work of God. Since when did the devil heal blind people?”. In Edwards day the religious also resisted the move of God. Edwards said that if a manifestation of the Spirit glorified Christ and changed people for the good, it must be the Lord. Here are Edwards’ own words on this topic.
“When a Ministry raises people’s esteem of the one true Jesus Christ, who was Born of a Virgin and was Crucified — if it confirms and establishes their minds in the truth that He is the Son of God and the Savior of men — then it is a sure sign that it is from the Spirit of God. If the spirit at work among a people convinces them of Christ and leads them to Him; if it confirms their minds in the belief of the history of Christ as He appeared in the flesh; if it teaches them that He is the Son of God to save sinners; if it reveals that He is the only Savior, and that they stand in great need of Him; and if it begets in them higher and more honorable thoughts of Christ than they used to have; if it inclines their affections more to Him — that is a sure sign that it is the true and right Spirit. This is true even though we are ultimately incapable of determining whether anyone’s conviction or affections reflect real saving Faith.”
This blind man got put out of the synagogue for his belief in Christ. He apparently didn’t care. He could now see and was a follower of Jesus. Maybe you have been touched by the Lord and are being misunderstood or even criticized. You are in good company, Jesus, the man born blind, Jonathan Edwards and believers from every generation have been attacked because of spiritual awakening. I guess the question we have to answer is this, am I better off now than before?