Jim Wilson is the retired director of Community Christian Ministries in Moscow, Idaho. He will be posting regularly, so check back in soon!

Thursday, March 08, 2018

Why People Don't Understand the Gospel

Have you ever noticed that you have told the gospel with great clarity (with or without apologetics) to a very intelligent person, and that after you have finished this clear presentation, he had no idea what you were talking about? Here are a few biblical reasons why this is:

“The person without the Spirit does not accept the things that come from the Spirit of God but considers them foolishness, and cannot understand them because they are discerned only through the Spirit” (1 Cor. 2:14). They cannot understand because they do not have the Spirit.

“The god of this age has blinded the minds of unbelievers, so that they cannot see the light of the gospel that displays the glory of Christ, who is the image of God” (2 Cor. 4:4). They cannot see because they have been blinded by the evil one.

“This is the verdict: Light has come into the world, but people loved darkness instead of light because their deeds were evil. Everyone who does evil hates the light, and will not come into the light for fear that their deeds will be exposed” (John 3:19-20). They love darkness to hide their sin.

Jesus opened Nicodemus’ eyes (John 3:1-12) before He gave him the Gospel (John 3:13-18). Jesus opened the eyes of the woman at the well (John 4:7-15) before He gave her the Gospel (John 4:16-26).

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