We must be born again

Before humans can comprehend God’s word, we must first be born again because it is the Holy Spirit whom God gives us who reveals the word of God to us. Trying to comprehend it with our own understanding just produces opinions. 

1 Corinthians 2:11-14,

11 For who among men knows the thoughts of a man except the spirit of the man which is in him? Even so the thoughts of God no one knows except the Spirit of God.

12 Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit 

who is from God, so that we may know the things freely given to us by God,

13 which things we also speak, not in words taught by human wisdom, but in those taught by the Spirit, combining spiritual thoughts with spiritual words.

14 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, because they are spiritually appraised.

In speaking of the ministry of an apostle Paul said, “We are destroying speculations and every lofty thing raised up against the knowledge of God, and we are taking every thought captive to the obedience of Christ, and we are ready to punish all disobedience, whenever your obedience is complete,” 2 Corinthians 10:5-6.

The word speculations in the above verse is rendered as imaginations, reasonings, arrogance, high-minded, arguments, proud obstacle, intellectual arrogance, pride, proud things, claim, etc. in other versions of the Bible.

Strong’s Concordance
logismos: a reasoning, a thought
Original Word: λογισμός, οῦ, ὁ
Part of Speech: Noun, Masculine
Transliteration: logismos
Phonetic Spelling: (log-is-mos’)
Definition: a reasoning, a thought
Usage: reasoning, thinking; a conception, device.
HELPS Word-studies
3053 logismós (from 3049 /logízomai, “to reckon”) – properly, “bottom-line” reasoning that reflects someone’s values, i.e. how they personally assign weight in determining what they find reasonable.
3053 /logismós (“calculated arguments, thoughts”) emphasizes reaching a personal opinion, i.e. what comes out of a personal reckoning.
From the description above, it is obvious that Paul was referring to the opinions of man as being speculations and every lofty thing raised up against the knowledge of God. For he goes on to say, “…and we are taking captive every thought to the obedience of Christ.”

So in the kingdom of God, there is no room for opinions. They deter the word of God. They impede the Holy Spirit. One must be led by the Holy Spirit for He is the one who reveals the truth to man. 

We must be born again and walk by the Spirit, otherwise, we will just spew opinions which are acts of disobedience in the eyes of God.

Jon David Banks, God’s most unworthy servant

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