Wholly trusting in Christ makes us recipients of God’s gifts; we receive them by faith. One of those gifts is a true understanding of the Scriptures, but the enemy doesn’t want us to receive anything from God. Satan blinds the minds of those who don’t believe, in order to prevent the light of the Gospel of Grace from shining unto them. Because of Jesus’ finished works, we’re now free to receive directly from God instead of toiling endlessly to please Him, but most people are still spiritually blind to this.
Self-effort keeps us in bondage, but Jesus came to free us from all types of bondage. Truly understanding His mission is miss opens our eyes spiritually. Isaiah prophesied about Jesus preaching good tidings to the meek, proclaiming liberty to the captives, and opening the prison to those that were bound. Jesus fulfilled that prophecy, and added His intent to bring about the recovery of sight to the blind.
The translation of the Hebrew phrase “opening the prison” means the opening of the eyes, physically as well as spiritually. True understanding from God opens our spiritual eyes in ways religion never can. Relying on the Holy Spirit to reveal to us the knowledge we need opens the door to wisdom higher and greater than what is available in the world. Out of God’s mouth comes knowledge and understanding; when we get godly wisdom, we also get understanding.
There are plenty of “gospels” preached all around the world, but Paul preached none other than the Gospel of Grace. This gospel plainly reveals to us the truth of what God says, minus all the religious double-talk. Revelation from God is eye-opening and life-changing. When we can clearly see and understand the truth, it will set us free.