Posted by on Apr 29, 2017 in Blog, General | 0 comments

No. If they are dead in sin the answer is no.  They don’t know what you are saying, the can’t believe your message and never will unless they have the Holy Spirit.

I Corinthians 2:10-13, “For to us God revealed them through the Spirit; for the Spirit searches all things, even the depths of God. 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. 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, 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.”

However, this is why you preach the Gospel and seek to preach it fruitfully: because they can’t understand your message. You don’t go and preach to them because they just need more or better information you preach to them because the Words you preach are life and bring life to the soul.

I Corinthians 2:14, “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.” 

Sinners have an unexpected ability to appear to comprehend your message and use words that you know but they don’t have the same definition to them as the words do to you.

This is why the ultimate question to someone is do you believe Jesus Christ died for your sins and did you receive the Holy Spirit. The evangelist is preaching to compel his hearers to respond in faith to Jesus Christ.  As Paul says in Acts 20:21, “solemnly testifying to both Jews and Greeks of repentance toward God and faith in our Lord Jesus Christ.”

In conclusion, you preach the Word because your audience can’t believe it not because they can. The power of their salvation is the Gospel and believing it comes by hearing it.

As Paul says in 2 Corinthians 2:1-5, “And when I came to you, brethren, I did not come with superiority of speech or of wisdom, proclaiming to you the testimony of God. For I determined to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ, and Him crucified. I was with you in weakness and in fear and in much trembling, and my message and my preaching were not in persuasive words of wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power, so that your faith would not rest on the wisdom of men, but on the power of God.”

 

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