I don't understand how you can so completely misread and misunderstand the straightforward reading of these verses.
4WD, I can understand
how folks miss the truth, for the power to see the truth is given to folk~it is true it is base upon a few things, but the bottom line
is God MUST open eyes and ears to see and hear before one can.
John 8:43~“Why do ye not understand My speech? Even because ye cannot hear My word!”
From the human side:“Even because ye cannot hear my word.”~
The word “hear” signifies to receive and believe~compare John 9:27; 10:3; 12:47; Acts 3:22, 23, etc. And why was it that these Jews “could not hear”~the Jews because they were still in their sins....children of God at times cannot hear because they have in the past listen to other voices which they gave heed to, and the truth to them seems to be untrue! It is very hard to unlearn the error one has received and believed for years. Speaking from the Divine side,
for true it is that the Lord Himself must prepare the heart [Proverbs 16:1] and give the hearing ear [Proverbs 20:12]. It is God’s sovereign and gracious choice that any hear or see spiritual truths. Hearing and seeing are not rights; they are blessed privileges. And the greatest gift of hearing and seeing is the ability and desire to discern and receive the glorious gospel of Jesus Christ and the words of wisdom and truth.
A deaf or blind child is not an accident. It is not a result of fate. It cannot be overturned by science. It is the choice of the true God. He is perfect in all choices, and He makes thousands of such choices for each person. His power is unlimited and his authority absolute. As the Creator of a rebellious race, He has the right to do as He chooses.
We were not even consulted if we wanted to live, if we wanted existence. Consider his infinite authority and sovereignty over us. Once we were alive, we could not turn off our existence. Suicide only kills our body. Our existence is the choice of Almighty God without our agreement.
He chose our generation of birth, our height, the nation of origin, sex, parents, temperament, siblings, intelligence, athletic ability, opportunities in life, and every other factor that influences our existence. He is the LORD! We are nothing! He is the Potter! We are the clay! His choices have drastically affected our life without our approval.
Do we humbly believe what we have said so far? God warns about us fighting against Him (Is 45:9). Since He is the Potter, and We are the clay, he considers our arguments fit only for broken pieces of pottery to exchange with each other. The clay does not even have the right to question the Potter when a human form is made without hands (Is 45:9).
We must humble ourselves before this great and dreadful God. Crush our vain thoughts. Give Him praise and worship. Adore Him. Thank Him for all that we have and are. Offer Him all that we have and are. Beg Him for mercy for our sins. Dedicate our life to Him, today.
When the disciples saw a man born blind, they knew it had been God’s choice. Jesus told them it was for God’s glory (John 9:1-3). Would God blind a man for 30 years just for His own glory? Easily! Would God put a man out to pasture like an ox for His own glory? Definitely! Read Daniel 4 about Nebuchadnezzar. Do we love and fear this God?Spiritual hearing and sight are much more important than physical.
It is only by God’s free grace that any sinners are given spiritual ears and eyes to hear and see the things of God. Most men do not think about God in any meaningful way their entire lives (Psalms 10:4). Spiritual senses are given when you are born again. You received natural hearing and vision at your first birth; you receive spiritual hearing and vision at your second birth.
Jesus said, “Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God” (John 3:3). And also, “He that is of God heareth God’s words: ye therefore hear them not, because ye are not of God
” (John 8:47). Both sight and hearing are the gifts of God. Jesus Christ hid the truth from the Jews, but He revealed it to His disciples (Matthew 11:25-27; 13:10-16).
Why do most men not even consider God and truth? Why do most men think the gospel to be foolish? God has not opened their ears to hear it with understanding and conviction. Why do most see His glorious creation and ascribe their existence to evolution and fate? God has not opened their eyes to see Him or His truth
. You depend on God’s choice.
Have you wondered why family and/or friends do not appreciate the things God has shown you in His word? Why are they not convicted like you about God and godliness? You know what would happen if you have ever confronted classmates or colleagues about Jesus Christ, coming judgment, and living a holy life. They would reject your words and hate you. What is the explanation? You have hearing ears and seeing eyes – they do not.There are no human means that can create hearing to ears and sight to eyes.
Only the LORD can do this great work. Manmade evangelistic efforts to sound the gospel to deaf ears or show the Saviour to blind eyes are foolish and vain. The gospel is only heard and seen by those already born again, men with hearing ears and seeing eyes (Ist Corinthians 1:18,24; 2:14-15).Salvation is of the Lord!
God has chosen some to eternal life (Ephesians 1:4). He sent Jesus Christ to die for their sins, and He will surely regenerate and glorify them (Romans 8:29-33). He gives them hearing ears and seeing eyes. Luke described those who believed Paul this way: “And as many as were ordained to eternal life believed” (Acts 13:48).How is a man born again with spiritual ears and eyes?
Jesus the Son of God commands him to come to life and resurrects his soul from spiritual death (John 5:25-29). This glorious work is by the power and grace of God, without any human cooperation (John 1:13; 3:8; Romans 9:16; Ephesians 1:19-20; 2:1-10). The Lord Jesus Christ exercises the same creative power He used to bring forth light in the beginning (2nd Corinthians 4:3-6; Ephesians 2:10).Only after that great event
will we or can we hear and see the things of God. It is then that pagans like Cornelius begin fearing God, praying each day, and giving alms to the poor (Acts 10:1-4). And when the gospel is brought to such a man by the providence of God, he believes and obeys it as the glorious news that it is (Acts 10:33,44-48).