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 2:14
We naturally make three assumptions, and according to Jesus, none of them are true. First, we assume that we all have an intuitive knowledge of God. We believe that we all know God in our own way. But Jesus said, “He who sent me is true, and him you do not know” (John 7:28).
Second, we assume that we are all good at heart. We admit that although we fail in many ways, if others could see who we truly are deep down, they would find good. But Jesus said, “Has not Moses given you the law? Yet none of you keeps the law” (7:19).
Third, we assume that because we know God in our own way, and deep down we are good at heart, that our good will outweigh the bad in the end. But Jesus said, “I am going to him who sent me. You will seek me and you will not find me. Where I am you cannot come” (7:33-34).
We commonly assume that we know God, that we keep His law, and that we have a right to heaven. But Jesus says something very different: 1) We do not know God. 2) None of us keeps the law. 3) Where Jesus is, we cannot go.
So if you want to know the truth, you must come to the Bible humbly. “He leads the humble in what is right, and teaches the humble his way” (Psa. 25:9).
Think about a recent problem you dealt with or a decision you made. Did you pray about it? How did you seek God’s help?