They are darkened in their understanding and alienated from the life of God because of the ignorance that is in them due to the hardness of their hearts.
Cross ReferencesIsaiah 25:7
On this mountain He will swallow up the shroud that enfolds all the peoples, the sheet that covers all the nations;
Jesus looked around at them with anger and sorrow at their hardness of heart. Then He said to the man, "Stretch out your hand." So he stretched it out, and it was restored.
And now, brothers, I know that you acted in ignorance, as did your leaders.
Although God overlooked the ignorance of earlier times, He now commands all men everywhere to repent.
For although they knew God, they neither glorified Him as God nor gave thanks to Him, but they became futile in their thinking and darkened in their foolish hearts.
What then? What Israel was seeking, it failed to obtain, but the elect did. The others were hardened,
I do not want you to be ignorant of this mystery, brothers, so that you will not be conceited: A hardening in part has come to Israel, until the full number of the Gentiles has come in.
1 Corinthians 2:8
None of the rulers of this age understood it. For if they had, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory.
2 Corinthians 3:14
But their minds were closed. For to this day the same veil remains at the reading of the old covenant. It has not been lifted, because only in Christ can it be removed.
As for you, you were dead in your trespasses and sins,
remember that at that time you were separate from Christ, alienated from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers to the covenants of the promise, without hope and without God in the world.
He is able to deal gently with those who are ignorant and misguided, since he himself is beset by weakness.
But only the high priest entered the inner room, and then only once a year, and never without blood, which he offered for himself and for the sins the people had committed in ignorance.
1 Peter 1:14
As obedient children, do not conform to the passions of your former ignorance.
Chapter Outline1. He exhorts to unity;
7. and declares that God therefore gives various gifts unto men;
11. that his church might be edified,
16. and grow up in Christ.
18. He calls them from the impurity of the Gentiles;
24. to put on the new man;
25. to cast off lying;
29. and corrupt communication.
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