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Textual Definition: Desiring favorable opinions of others.
Scripture: John 12:42-43
“Nevertheless many even of the rulers believed in Him, but because of the Pharisees they were not confessing Him, for fear that they would be put out of the synagogue; for they loved the approval of men rather than the approval of God.” NASB
Hand Book for Christian Living:
There are 8 units in our textbook 1. Church Concerns 2. Daily Living 3. Doctrine 4. End Times 5. Personal Growth 6. Relationships 7. Service and Out-reach and 8. Spiritual Discipline. The Relationships subset is comprised of: Accountability, Children, Family, Friends, Loneliness, Love, Parenting, Reconciliation, Seeking Approval and Sex. Seeking Approval in on page 443 in textbook.
The Back Drop!
In this setting Jesus is celebrated among the people after Lazarus is raised from the dead (John 11:44) and Mary anointed his feet (John 12:4). Jesus taught contrasting light and darkness (John 12:35, 46). In our scripture He spoke concerning those among the Jews who believed in him yet refrained from confessing Him as Lord. (Romans 10:9). Were they were blinded by their own inaction? Was their faith without works? (James 2:20).
The scripture preceding verse 42 begins “Nevertheless,” this indicates a continuation of a previous thought: “This is why they were unable to believe, because Isaiah also said: He has blinded their eyes and hardened their hearts, and be CONVERTED, and I would heal them (John 12:40). Was Jesus making it a point that because of a lack of confessing Him, one remains unconverted even after believing in him?
What is meant in the Scripture text when it says,
“He (God) has blinded their eyes and hardened their hearts.”
Early Secret Christians:
Nicodemus (John 3:2) and Joseph of Arimathea (John 19:38) and many Pharisees believed on Jesus but failed to publicize their views.
Are Christians operating as secret Christians today?
If so what are the consequences?