BCL Grow: Do You Believe the Bible? — 1 Corinthians 2:12-14

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1 Corinthians 2:12-14 (Revelation)

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Bible Passage

Now we have received not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, that we might understand the things freely given us by God. And we impart this in words not taught by human wisdom but taught by the Spirit, interpreting spiritual truths to those who are spiritual. 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. — 1 Corinthians 2:12-14

Quote

“The reason some refuse to believe the Scriptures is not that there is any defect or lack of evidence in the Scriptures (the indicia are clear and objective) but that those without the Spirit do not accept the things from God (1 Cor. 2:10-14).” — Michael J. Kruger, Canon Revisted: Establishing the Origins and Authority of the New Testament Books, p. 100.

Steps to Take

1. Reflect: How do you know the Bible is the Word of God? How is it that many believe God’s word in the Scriptures while others reject it?

2. Remember: In his first letter to the church in Corinth, Paul distinguishes between a spiritual person and a natural person. The spiritual person is one who has received the Holy Spirit as Christ promised (John 14:26). The natural person is one who does not have the Holy Spirit dwelling within; therefore, he or she is unable to recognize God’s word and can’t discern that it is God speaking through the written word of the Bible (see 2 Tim. 3:16-17 & 2 Pet. 1:21). Those who are unregenerated—spritually dead—cannot hear the Savior’s voice (John 10:3-5, 27). On the other hand, the Holy Spirit working through the word makes alive in Christ those who were spiritually dead and unable to hear (Eph. 2:4-5).

3. Rejoice: Discernment becomes sharper by the testimony of the Spirit who dwells within the believer, a new creation (1 Cor. 3:16; 2 Cor. 5:17). If you trust and believe Scripture—if you recognize it as God’s word—it is because the Holy Spirit dwells within you. Through faith in Christ Jesus, God has united you to him. Rejoice that God is working in you (Phil. 2:13) and has revealed his gracious word of salvation to you.