John 9:36-41
John 9:36 (KJB)
He answered and said, Who is he, Lord, that I might believe on him?
This man had already settled in his mind that Jesus was definitely from God. Here is the first time that the healed man actually sees Jesus. He responds to the question that he might know who the Son of God is so he may believe on Him. He is probably starting to realize that something divine was taking place with him. He did not rebuke Jesus as the Pharisees had because he knew his healing was definitely from God and now something else is about to manifest itself in his life. He was beginning to see something different than the cold law by a bunch of cold theologians. He calls Jesus Lord but still does not know who He was at this time. It may be out of respect thinking that Jesus is a prophet or that He may be the promised Messiah.
John 9:37 (KJB)
And Jesus said unto him, Thou hast both seen him, and it is he that talketh with thee.
Jesus now makes Himself fully known to the man and tells him that he is both seeing Him and speaking with Him. Jesus had declared Himself to the Samaritan woman and is now openly declaring Himself to this man. To the Pharisees and other religious leaders, Jesus had made them try to figure out who He was by giving small bits of information to them but to those who are His true children, He makes Himself fully known to them. When He was one earth, His followers saw Him plainly but after He went back to Heaven, we now see Jesus through the eyes of faith and we hear Him through the preserved Scriptures found in the King James Bible. (Heb 1:1-2 KJV) God, who at sundry times and in divers manners spake in time past unto the fathers by the prophets, {2} Hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son, whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the worlds;
John 9:38 (KJB)
And he said, Lord, I believe. And he worshipped him.
Here the man makes a public declaration of faith in Jesus. Not only did this man give evidence that a notable miracle had taken place physically but now he gives testimony as to what had happened to him spiritually. He now becomes a believer in Jesus in the inward man because a transformation has taken place in his soul. His first public declaration was to state that He believes and his second was the fact that he worshipped the Lord Jesus Christ. Both of these are evidence of a saved person.
John 9:39 (KJB)
And Jesus said, For judgment I am come into this world, that they which see not might see; and that they which see might be made blind.
At this time Jesus did not come into the world for the final judgment. This will happen at His second coming. What is in view here is the preparation leading up to the final judgment on the last day. First, He has come to heal the spiritually blind, when He says, “that they which see not might see.” What is in view here is that those who are spiritually blind would be given their spiritual sight, that is, those who Jesus came to save would have their spiritual eyes and ears opened to the true gospel. They would be qualified to hear and understand the true gospel. Those who are spiritually blind or dead, would be made alive unto God.
Then in the second statement, “and that they which see might be made blind,” is speaking about those who are theologically intellectual or believe that they have great knowledge of biblical matters. These are the one who believe that they are secure in God because they believe they have great understanding of spiritual matters, when in essence they are as blind as the blind man was before Jesus cured him. A good example of this is the Pharisees who believed they had spiritual sight when they were spiritually blind and the man who was healed had more spiritual insight than all of them put together. Spiritual truth comes by means of salvation, not by book learning. Today we could compare the Pharisees to the unbelieving intellects in the church like Harry Emerson Fosdick, William Sloane Coffin, John Spong, Hort and Westcott, and many others who think they are or thought they were spiritual authorities when they are or were spiritual nothings.
John 9:40 (KJB)
And some of the Pharisees which were with him heard these words, and said unto him, Are we blind also?
As usual, when Jesus is teaching the mockers are close behind. The Pharisees heard Jesus speaking to this man and then asked Jesus if they were blind also? Of course, they were thinking on the secular level about physical eyesight but Jesus concerned Himself with the spiritual eyesight which having eyes that see spiritually, means a person is saved, and not having them shows a person is unsaved. Therein lies the great separation.
John 9:41 (KJB)
Jesus said unto them, If ye were blind, ye should have no sin: but now ye say, We see; therefore your sin remaineth.
The blind man knew that he needed physical sight and therefore when Jesus healed him, he was able to see. I would venture to say that this man had 20-20 vision till the day he was promoted to glory. Jesus says to the Pharisees that if they were blind, they would know that they had need of spiritual eyesight which is what is in view. If they knew that they needed spiritual eyesight, then they could be healed from their spiritual blindness through salvation by grace in Christ. Unfortunately, the Pharisees thought that they were an elite group in learning and understanding. This mindset caused them to think that they had perfect vision concerning the things of God because they had the law. So Jesus says to them that since they see, or believe that they have spiritual insight, this mindset is one of deception proving they are spiritually blind and in denial of reality. Therefore, there is no forgiveness of sins and they will remain in their sins and be judged on the last day.