There is a huge difference between knowing what something says and knowing what it means. Millions of people can quote different passages from the Bible, but have no idea what the meaning is. Our understanding of scripture can only come by revelation through the Holy Spirit.
Here is what 1 Corinthians 2:14 says, “The man without the Spirit does not accept the things that come from the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him, and he cannot understand them, because they are spiritually discerned.”
No one is going to have an understanding of scripture’s meaning unless they are “Born again!” You must have the Spirit of God living on the inside to receive understanding. Only the Spirit of God knows what God is thinking. 1 Corinthians 2:11 – For who among men knows the thoughts of a man except the man’s spirit within him? In the same way no one knows the thoughts of God except through the Spirit of God.
How then can God teach us His thoughts? In order to understand the things that God wants to teach us regarding His grace, we must have a humble, teachable attitude, for God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble (James 4:6).
We need the Holy Spirit to open our minds to the things that have to do with those things God freely gives to those that love Him, grace and love through His Son.
A proud person will not receive grace, its offensive to them. That is why an uneducated humble person will receive far more genuine intimate knowledge of God than a highly educated arrogant theologian.
2 Timothy 3:5 – having a form of godliness but denying its power… They may have all the right answers but the power and authority that comes with the Holy Spirit will not be there in the person’s life.
In our own power, we can do nothing and it ends in frustration, but with and through Jesus Christ, we can do all things.
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