Friday, June 18, 2010

True Understanding

1 Corinthians 2:14 The natural person does not accept the things of the Spirit of God, for they are folly to him, and he is not able to understand them because they are spiritually discerned.

14 ψυχικὸς δὲ ἄνθρωπος οὐ δέχεται τὰ τοῦ πνεύματος τοῦ θεοῦ· μωρία γὰρ αὐτῷ ἐστιν καὶ οὐ δύναται γνῶναι, ὅτι πνευματικῶς ἀνακρίνεται.

This verse is a great comfort to me, though it is mainly a comfort in frustration.  By that I mean that I have had what I consider to be very logical conversations with folks who do not believe.  I can lay out all the rational arguments I want.  I can be as rational as I want.  But no matter how rational I am they do not believe.  This verse explains why.

On our own we cannot truly understand God's Word.  We need the illumination of the Holy Spirit.  Why is that?  They are πνευματικῶς ἀνακρίνεται. In other words, they are understood spiritually.  It is not something that we can just understand rationally.  We need God's Spirit to help us understand spiritual things.

If you're a believer I hope that this gives you some comfort and that it also increases your zeal for prayer.  If you're not a believer, my prayer is that God would open up your spiritual eyes so that you can begin to appropriate the gospel of Jesus Christ.

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