Jesus spit on the eyes of the blind man and put His hands on him.
He asked, “Do you see anything?”
The blind man looked up and said, “I see men but they look like trees walking.
Jesus put His hands on the man’s eyes again and told him to look up.
Then he was healed and saw everything well.”
About the text above Dr Pritchard wrote: “The text merely relates the story. It doesn’t explain the deeper meaning.” Confession: I don’t know the deeper meaning. What I’ve asserted is that the two-stage miracle is a perfect symbol of justification and sanctification. Whereas justification is the first stage of the miracle, sanctification is the second. Whereas justification is a one time happening, sanctification is a life long process. More about this later.
A baby is born but once; however, growth is a life long adventure. Just as each baby is totally unique (DNA) so is his growth progression, depending on heredity and environment. Similarly, when one gets connected to Jesus, she is “born again”. “This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person.” (1 Corinthians 5:17) This happens but once. At that point the person is a baby, spiritually speaking, no matter what her chronicle age. “Brothers and sisters, when I was there, I could not talk to you the way I talk to people who are led by the Spirit. I had to talk to you like babies in Christ.” So, to remind the newly born person I suggest that he put on some Depends and look in the mirror. Yes, it’s hilarious; but, it makes the point!
Parents desire but one thing for their child, that she becomes mature physically, mentally, emotionally, socially, relationally and spiritually. Sanctification is the process whereby baby Christians become mature. “We are not meant to remain as children. But we are meant … to grow up in every way into Christ.” (Ephesians 4:14-16) “To be mature is to be basic Christ! No more, no less.” (Colossians 1:29) In other words, sanctification is the process by which the baby Christian becomes a Jesus-version of their fully matured person. The Creator does not discard His original template of your person.
Interestingly, an infant begins with milk. So, Peter says: “Desire God’s pure word as newborn babies desire milk.” (1 Peter 2:2) Sadly, there are those who are content with milk years beyond infancy.
“You have become people who need a milk diet and cannot tolerate solid food! Anyone who continues to live on “milk” is obviously immature—he simply has not grown up.” (Hebrews 5:12)
Originally posted 2017-10-04 09:00:43.