Since you call on a Father who judges each man’s work impartially, live your lives as strangers here in reverent fear. For [he’s giving us the reason now], you know that it was not with perishable things such as silver or gold that you were redeemed from the empty way...
They cannot see the light of the gospel that displays the glory of Christ, who is the image of God. 2 Corinthians 4:4 (NIV)
Paul is talking about people who don’t believe the gospel: “The god of this world (that’s Satan) has blinded their minds!”
If you’re blind, it means you cannot see what is there. These folks have heard the gospel, but they don’t actually see it; they don’t get it. What exactly is it that they don’t see?
The first thing the unbeliever cannot see is “the glory of Christ” (4:4). The unbeliever hears about Jesus, but does not see much in him. If this person comes to church, he may be impressed by the building, by the music, or by the warmth of the people, but he will not be impressed with Jesus Christ. Why?
Because the unbelieving mind is not capable of seeing the glory of Christ. You can discuss and debate all kinds of issues with someone who does not believe, but at the end of the day it boils down to this: You see the glory of Christ, and they do not. They cannot see it!
Have you noticed that the world’s religions do not see much in Jesus? They offer a way of life, a code of behavior, a social hub, and a set of rituals, but they don’t see much in Jesus. The religions of the world may acknowledge Jesus as a prophet, a deity, a teacher, an inspiration, or an example, but the face of Jesus is always one among many. His portrait hangs right alongside all their other great religious leaders. The unbelieving mind cannot see the glory of Christ.
What do you see in Jesus?