John 9: 35 – 41
The man did not realize it then, but the safest place for him was outside the Jewish religious fold. The Jews cast him out, but Christ took him in! Like Paul (see Phil. 3:1–10), this man “lost his religion” but found salvation and went to heaven.
Note carefully how this man grew in his knowledge of Christ:
(1) “A man called Jesus” (v. 11) was all he knew when Christ healed him.
(2) “A prophet” (v. 17) is what the man called Him when the Pharisees questioned him.
(3) “A man of God” (vv. 31–33) is what he concluded Jesus to be.
(4) “The Son of God” (vv. 35–38) was his final and complete confession of faith. (See 20:30–31.)
“The path of the righteous is like the first gleam of dawn, shining ever brighter till the full light of day,” states Prov. 4:18 (NIV), and this man’s growth in “light” proves it. A Christian is one who has light in his heart (2 Cor. 4:6) and who is a light in the world (Matt. 5:14). He walks in the light (1 John 1) and produces the fruit of light (Eph. 5:8–9). The man’s “Lord, I believe!” was the turning point in his life.
The same light that leads one person can blind another (vv. 39–41). The Pharisees admitted that they could see, and therefore they were guilty because they rejected the evidence and would not receive Christ. The Gospel brings about different reactions from different kinds of hearts: the blind sinner receives the truth and sees; the self-righteous religious person rejects the truth and becomes even more blind spiritually. It is a dangerous thing to reject the light.
Wiersbe, W. W. (1992). Wiersbe’s expository outlines on the New Testament (pp. 236–237). Wheaton, IL: Victor Books.