v 4 Satan, who is the god of this world, has blinded the minds of those who don’t believe. They are unable to see the glorious light of the Good News. They don’t understand this message about the glory of Christ, who is the exact likeness of God.
We read yesterday of God’s power at work in the crises of everyday life for Elisha, but Paul reminds us that there is another power at work too. God has an enemy, Satan, and he causes blindness of the kind that shuts people out of seeing or understanding heavenly realities.
Now, it is not particularly encouraging to dwell a great deal on the power and work of Satan. Suffice to recognise that there is a spiritual battlefield, and we are on God’s side in the battle. Satan, as God’s enemy, blinds people to the reality and significance of the work of God in the person of Jesus. As a result, people see no need to believe in Jesus, and certainly no need to follow Him and offer Him our allegiance. The good news of Jesus seems so obvious to many of us – and it is difficult to understand why so many people choose to ignore it. It is because Satan has caused a spiritual darkness or blindness to envelop them.
As you pray for friends or family who as yet do not follow Jesus, pray that their eyes will be opened by the power of God and that they will catch a glimpse of who this Jesus is and what He has achieved on their behalf.