Admittedly this post may be a bit out of order in the series … nevertheless …
Oftentimes, as disciples IN Christ Jesus, we read the accounts of Jesus teaching the Pharisees, the disciples, the masses and later it becomes quite obvious to us that they simply did not understand those teachings … the words of God. The messages now seem so obvious to us … oftentimes we can’t help but wonder, ‘Why didn’t they understand?’
The natural man … the sinful man … may hear or read the words of God … but lacks understanding.
But a natural man does not accept the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; and he cannot understand them … 1 Corinthians 2:14 (NASB)
And just as they did not see fit to acknowledge God any longer, God gave them over to a depraved mind, to do those things which are not proper, being filled with all unrighteousness, wickedness, greed, evil; full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, malice; they are gossips, slanderers, haters of God, insolent, arrogant, boastful, inventors of evil, disobedient to parents, without understanding, untrustworthy, unloving, unmerciful; and although they know the ordinance of God, that those who practice such things are worthy of death, they not only do the same, but also give hearty approval to those who practice them. Romans 1:28-32 (NASB)
If anyone advocates a different doctrine and does not agree with sound words, those of our Lord Jesus Christ, and with the doctrine conforming to godliness, he is conceited and understands nothing; but he has a morbid interest in controversial questions and disputes about words, out of which arise envy, strife, abusive language, evil suspicions, and constant friction between men of depraved mind and deprived of the truth … 1 Timothy 6:3-5 (NASB)
Also there is a time for concealment … and there is a time for understanding.
And He was saying to them, “To you has been given the mystery of the kingdom of God, but those who are outside get everything in parables, so that while seeing, they may see and not perceive, and while hearing, they may hear and not understand, otherwise they might return and be forgiven.” Mark 4:11-12 (NASB)
“Let these words sink into your ears; for the Son of Man is going to be delivered into the hands of men.” But they did not understand this statement, and it was concealed from them so that they would not perceive it; and they were afraid to ask Him about this statement. Luke 9:44-45 (NASB)
For as yet they did not understand the Scripture, that He must rise again from the dead. John 20:9 (NASB)
Finally, Christ Jesus gives His followers understanding … Praise God!!!
Now He said to them, “These are My words which I spoke to you while I was still with you, that all things which are written about Me IN the Law of Moses and the Prophets and the Psalms must be fulfilled.” Then He opened their minds to understand the Scriptures, and He said to them, “Thus it is written, that the Christ would suffer and rise again from the dead the third day, and that repentance for forgiveness of sins would be proclaimed IN His name to all the nations, beginning from Jerusalem. Luke 24:44-47 (NASB)
Consider what I say, for the Lord will give you understanding IN everything. 2 Timothy 2:7 (NASB)
And we know that the Son of God has come, and has given us understanding so that we may know Him who is true; and we are IN Him who is true, IN His Son Jesus Christ. This is the true God and eternal life. 1 John 5:20 (NASB)
Ok, regarding that intro paragraph … now I understand.
As far as the gift of understanding the words of God … thank you Lord for the gift you have given!
(to be continued with … mind of Christ)