The first book of the Bible begins with the story of Creation. According to Moses, the inspiration behind the creation of human beings was a joint venture. The Trinity comprised of God the Father, Jesus the Son and the Holy Ghost agreed that mankind should be created in the image of God, Genesis 1:26. This human likeness was designed to reflect the glory of God, Unfortunately, as time has passed, this image of God has become blurred.
But even if our Gospel (the glad tidings) also be hidden (obscured and covered up with a veil that hinders the knowledge of God), it is hidden [only] to those who are perishing and obscured [only] to those who are spiritually dying and veiled [only] to those who are lost, 2 Corinthians 4:3.
According to the apostle Paul, this blurred reflection has ties to the spiritual realm. In a letter to the church of Ephesus, Paul explains that our battle to see clearly is not between flesh and blood. Rather, there exists a series of invisible forces at work behind the scenes that blames, controls and deceives using evil schemes, Ephesians 6:12. Unless you’re armed with spiritual armor, you won’t be able to clearly identify reflections of God.
For the god of this world has blinded the unbelievers’ minds [that they should not discern the truth], preventing them from seeing the illuminating light of the Gospel of the glory of Christ (the Messiah), Who is the Image and Likeness of God, 2 Corinthians 4:4.
Paul builds upon this concept in a letter to the Church at Corinth. Apparently, powers of darkness, spiritual forces of evil and worldly leaders have blinded the minds of unbelievers. Instead of keeping in step with the Holy Spirit, Galatians 5:25, the sinful nature has blurred individuals from seeing clearly. The only way to restore your vision is by putting to death your old nature, Colossians 3:4-5, purging any reminders from your life. Until this act of faith occurs, blurred reflections of God will continue.
by Jay Mankus