“Past Feeling”

One has to wonder how a person that was born a cute innocent baby, toddler and child, could end up being “past feeling” as an adult. Obviously there is no transformational switch that would suddenly change one from the first stage to second condition. More
likely it was a step-by-step process. This title was taken from Ephesians 4:17-19 and speaks of some Gentiles’ mind-set, “futility of their thinking,” “darkened understanding,” “ignorance,” “ hardening of their hearts,” “a loss of sensitivity and giving oneself over to sensuality with a continual lust for more.” (NIV) Other translations use, “vanity, folly and emptiness of their souls” “willful blindness,” and “self-banishment from the life of God.” (AMP) Truly these people were, “Past feeling.” (KJV)

Very probably this type of regression starts with Satan’s evil lie to Adam and Eve that they could be equal to God (Gen 3:4-5). He still traps people today with, “counterfeit miracles, signs and wonders and deceives those who are perishing. They perish because
they refuse to love the truth and so be saved.” (2 Thes 2:9-12) God will send them a strong delusion because they delight in wickedness. God himself describes this regression in Romans 1:21-30, “They knew God, but glorified him not as God,” “ They did not retain God in their knowledge,” then they became, “haters of God
without natural affection.” Finally God gave them over to a reprobate (depraved, wicked) mind.

The Apostle Paul, speaking through the Holy Spirit, was warning the Ephesians to be aware of such behavior and not be caught up in it (Eph 4:12, 15, 17, 23). In other letters he reminded Christians that they had once behaved in such a manner (Titus 3:3) (1 Cor 6:9-11). Of course it is still a valid admonition for us today (1 Cor 10-12) (Heb 6:6). It seems as if the first step on such a backward path is pride followed quickly by a hard heart, a willful blindness and an emptiness of the soul and finally—Past feeling. May it never be.

—Jim Bailey