“But people who aren’t spiritual can’t receive these truths from God’s Spirit. It all sounds foolish to them and they can’t understand it, for only those who are spiritual can understand what the Spirit means.”—1 Corinthians 2:14
Before we are born again, we may be able to understand the details of the Bible and even basic theology, but we are incapable of experiencing the reality of God’s Word. We are unable to discern what is truly good or valuable. Without the Holy Spirit in our lives, we are powerless to know or understand the truths God wants to teach us.
According to the people around them, Peter, John, and the other apostles were uneducated and untrained men. However, in Acts 4, as they preached and taught, the Pharisees, who were supposed to be the educated elite of the day, stood in awe because these uneducated, untrained disciples preached with such authority and wisdom. Acts 4:13 tells us that the members of the council were amazed and recognized them as men who had been with Jesus.
The members of the council were amazed when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, for they could see that they were ordinary men with no special training in the Scriptures. They also recognized them as men who had been with Jesus. Acts 4:13
Many people misinterpret what it means to have Christian understanding. Many believe that God calls us to blind faith when the opposite is true. God does not want us to put our brain into storage when we begin to follow Him. In contrast, following Jesus liberates us to use our minds in a way that the unbeliever cannot even grasp. God wants us to use our mind, directed by Scripture and guided by the Holy Spirit, and to live our lives for His glory.