“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.” (ESV – Read the chapter)
Now, this idea would no doubt be pretty offensive and off-putting to have as our lead when we share the Gospel with someone else: “You’re not going to really understand what I’m about to tell you, but that’s okay because the Devil has probably blinded your mind to it.” But it is something that is pretty important for us to keep firmly in mind as we do.
And think about why. When we engage in sharing the Gospel with an unbeliever, we are involving ourselves in work that is primarily spiritual. Yes, there may be a physical component if we are serving them in some practical way, but the primary work is spiritual. And, because we are doing work that is primarily spiritual, we have to do it primarily with spiritual power.
While we may consider the things we are sharing to be easy to understand and obvious to see, that’s only because we are on the inside looking out. For someone who does not yet have the Spirit of God in their hearts, the enemy is working diligently to prevent that from happening. He has put a kind of veil over their minds and hearts so that they cannot understand it. It won’t make sense to them. It will sound like so much nonsense. And as long as we try and go it alone in sharing the Gospel, our best explanations and presentations will not break through to them.
If we are going to successfully share the Gospel with another person, our lead must be prayer. Our lead must be to actively involve the Spirit who is within us in the process, interceding for the other person that He might break through the enemy’s block, opening their mind and heart to understand what we show them in the Scriptures. His voice must empower our words or they will never really be heard. And this is not the fault of the other person. They are under the influence of the enemy who is doing everything he can to keep them from getting it. Only with the power of the Spirit will we break through this wall.