“But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.”
—1 Corinthians 2:14
The lost cannot understand God’s Word: it is foolishness to them.
On the other hand, those who are truly saved have the Holy Spirit to guide them into ALL truth. All they have to do is listen.
“Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth”
The unsaved do not have the Holy Spirit dwelling within. This is why the unsaved have no spiritual discernment.
From time to time, unsaved (“the natural man“) men expound on the Bible. Much of what they say is foolishness. The world calls this “doctrinal disagreements” or “different interpretations”.”
But the Bible says there are NO different interpretations.
“Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation.”
–2 Peter 1:20
Natural men CANNOT understand the Bible: it is as if they were blind.
“The way of the wicked is as darkness: they know not at what they stumble.”
This is one sure way to tell the counterfeits: they have no understanding of the basics of God’s Word.
On occasion (for whatever reason), one of the lost will mention reading the Bible. NOW, this is never a bad idea, but it’s necessary to point out that they will never understand the Bible until they convert.
Though the world labors 24/7 to convince men that God’s Word is just a collection of pieces written by mere men, the Bible is unlike any other book: it is a unified whole without contradictions.
Whenever two verses appear to contradict each other, the believer will reconcile them; the natural man will say “Hey! These Bible verses contradict!”
One of the games unsaved natural men play is “dueling Scripture.”
One will focus on one verse (say, Ephesians 2:8)
“For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God”).
Another will focus on another (James 2:20)
“But wilt thou know, O vain man, that faith without works is dead?”
And then the two will argue which one is correct.
AS IF the two verses contradicted one another.
Those who toil attempting to show contradictions in the Bible reveal themselves for what they are: natural men, without the Holy Spirit (which will guide the believer into all truth), unsaved and lost, bound for destruction.
This is both sad and unnecessary.
Sad, because such men are bereft of the glorious hope of eternal life through Jesus Christ.
Unnecessary because Jesus suffered shame and physical death so such men might be saved.
“And I will bring distress upon men, that they shall walk like blind men, because they have sinned against the LORD: and their blood shall be poured out as dust, and their flesh as the dung.”
True repentance brings sight to the blind.
“The LORD openeth the eyes of the blind: the LORD raiseth them that are bowed down: the LORD loveth the righteous”
“Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand; By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain. For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures:
And that he was seen of Cephas, then of the twelve: After that, he was seen of above five hundred brethren at once; of whom the greater part remain unto this present, but some are fallen asleep. After that, he was seen of James; then of all the apostles. And last of all he was seen of me also, as of one born out of due time. ”
–1 Corinthians 15:1-8
“For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.”
[Portions of this piece originally appeared in End Times Prophecy Headlines: November 19, 2015.]
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by Jeremiah Jameson
–with Mondo Frazier
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