Have you ever been deceived and believed something you thought was true and later found out it was false? Satan is a master deceiver, but Jesus opens our eyes to truth.
The first mention of the word “deceived” is found in Genesis 3. 13 Then the Lord God asked the woman, “What have you done?” “The serpent deceived me,” she replied. “That’s why I ate it.”  To “deceive” is to lead into error, to trick, or cheat.  Saul (Paul) was an educated Pharisee in the Jewish culture who thought he was doing God’s will by persecuting followers of Jesus. He had disregarded those who followed Jesus as being deceived, but he himself was the one being deceived. That would all change when he came to know Jesus as Messiah.
Jesus opened Saul’s eyes to His Messiahship
Saul was on the road to Damascus to persecute followers of Jesus until he met Jesus who knocked him off his horse and blinded him. Acts 9:5 “Who are you, lord?” Saul asked. And the voice replied, “I am Jesus, the one you are persecuting! 6 Now get up and go into the city, and you will be told what you must do.”
Saul was blinded by Jesus, which was symbolic of his spiritual blindness. Later, the Lord Jesus would restore his sight. This was symbolic of knowing who Jesus was. John Newton who wrote the hymn “Amazing Grace” wrote these words: “I once was lost but now I am found, was blind but now I see.” John Newton was not blind physically but spiritually and when he came to faith he could see in a spiritual sense.
Jesus Also Opens Our Eyes
Later when Paul was recounted meeting Jesus, he tells more of Jesus’ instructions. Acts 26:17b“Yes, I am sending you to the Gentiles (non-Jews) 18 to open their eyes, so they may turn from darkness to light and from the power of satan to God. Then they will receive forgiveness for their sins and be given a place among God’s people, who are set apart by faith in me.’”
It is always Jesus’ desire that our eyes be open to who He is because He wants more for us. Jesus wants us to be people of faith so we can be transformed in this lifetime and spend eternity with Him in heaven. This is God’s desire for you! Do not miss out on what God has for you! Don’t be deceived by the enemy! Jesus is the King of King and the Lord of Lords.
If you have been a believer for a long time, the Lord wants to further open your eyes to greater things He wants to do in your life. Don’t hesitate to take another step of faith with Jesus. To hear how Jesus opens our eyes to truth, listen here: