Apostle Grace Lubega
1 Corinthians 2:14 (KJV); 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.
If a man is not Born Again, it is impossible for him to receive or understand the things of the Spirit of God.
The Amplified Bible puts this truth more succinctly. It says, “But the natural [unbelieving] man does not accept the things [the teachings and revelations] of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness [absurd and illogical] to him; and he is incapable of understanding them, because they are spiritually discerned and appreciated, [and he is unqualified to judge spiritual matters].”
A man who is not Born Again is INCAPABLE of understanding how the Spirit of God works. He does not understand the speaking of tongues and calls it gibberish or finds a dilutive scientific name for it (glossolalia). He cannot understand the miracle working power of God and will dismiss it as gimmicks staged to deceive the gullible.
This is what makes the salvation of the human soul so important.
It is only through the saving power of Jesus Christ that a man is translated from the realm of darkness (ignorance) to the realm of light (knowledge). By salvation, the spirit man who was previously dead is awakened.
Because this truth is not understood, salvation has been preached as the magic wand that fulfills all sorts of material needs. Do you want a man? Come to Jesus. Do you want a car? Come to Jesus. Do you want a visa to a foreign land? Come to Jesus!
Those things are not the goal of the message of salvation. Its goal is to breathe life into the spirit of a man so that he comes alive to the realities of the realm of God!
Embrace and teach the good news of salvation in this understanding.
FURTHER STUDY: Ephesians 2:1-3, 1 Corinthians 1:18
GOLDEN NUGGET: It is only through the saving power of Jesus Christ that a man is translated from the realm of darkness (ignorance) to the realm of light (knowledge). By salvation, the spirit man who was previously dead is awakened.
PRAYER: Loving Father, I thank You for this truth. I understand the life that I was called into. My heart does not pant for what Your hand can give but for what Your heart can reveal. I am awakened to the knowledge that my life of salvation is about the realities of the realm of God. These realities are manifested in my life every day. In Jesus’ name, Amen.