Summary: The natural man cannot receive the things of the Spirit. The Holy Spirit is needed today.

Do you have the Spirit? Part 2

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Read 1 Cor 2:9-16

Key Verse: V 14

Human intellect cannot understand the things of the Spirit

The theologians have a term for the human nature, ‘The Adamic nature’

Paul in another place refers to the natural man as the old man or the old nature

Rom 6:6 Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with him...

Eph 4:22 That you put off concerning the former conversation the old man, which is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts

When you try to talk to someone about spiritual things, you may as well be talking to a Brick wall unless the Holy Spirit is there

There is absolutely no comprehension unless the Holy Spirit opens your heart and their heart

The Lord gave us eyes to see with, not to hear with, just as our ears are to hear with, not to see with

You might say with equal logic, the blind man cannot appreciate the beauty of a sunset.

The deaf man cannot know the sounds of a beautiful orchestra

They lack the faculties by which these things are known

And so it is with the spiritual person and the natural person

You are deaf, blind and dead without the Holy Spirit

The wisdom of God is spoken in mysteries

The eyes, ears or intellect cannot understand Him

The five senses are of no use when dealing with the spiritual world

Common sense tells you that spiritual things need spiritual discernment

The spirit senses spiritual things just as the natural is aware of natural things

The natural man cannot (emphasis) receive

Intellect can understand theology, but it has to be your spirit that understands God

The Holy Spirit needs to reveal things to us

V 9-10 Eye has not seen, ear hasn’t heard, BUT!!!!!!

But it has been revealed to ‘us’ to Christians

We forget that we cannot do what God wants us to do without His Spirit

You can shut out this message and you can shut out God

But He has spoken through a prophetic word to us and we need to listen

He is also speaking through His word

And He is speaking through this message

You may think you know all this, but do you?

Do you have the Spirit?

I said last week that God isn’t known by external means like going to church, reading the Bible and praying

It’s what is within you

What goes on in here? (Point to the heart)

Only you and God know

Only the person knows what’s within them

You can fool me, I could fool you, but He knows

You can live with a carnal Christianity or a half measured life, but you will be missing out on so much

He has so much to give us, if only we will receive

Bible study of itself doesn’t reveal anything

The Jehovah’s Witness, Mormon’s and many religious institutions study the Bible and in quite some depth

That is not a valid foundation for saying you have the Spirit

Only the Holy Spirit can reveal the Lord to you and through you

Because only He knows what’s in the heart of God

This is why it is vital that I and the oversight seek the Lord for the Church

It takes an act of the Holy Spirit before you or I can understand the bible

2 Tim 3:16 All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness

Jn 3:27 John answered and said, ‘A man can receive nothing unless it has been given to him from heaven’

Some people may read the bible and try to interpret it

2 Peter 1:20 But scripture is of no private interpretation

Also it is interesting how some people will try to read the Bible and find that it doesn't make any sense to them

They can read a chapter and find that they don't understand what they have read

Just like people can read scripture and have no real regard for its authority

There can be two Christ’s in your life

The one you sing and read about etc

And the One who sitting waiting to be active in your life

We also think we can talk each other into spiritual things

I cannot talk you into spiritual things, but when the word is anointed some will hear

Some will respond

But others will not

You may respond, but the person next to you may hear nothing

It is a mystery, but God reveals to whoever He wills

Preachers are not salesmen

I cannot persuade you into anything, God alone does that

If I do persuade you, would it be fruitful?

Maybe, but if He persuades you it it will be much better

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