For the Bible Tells Me So, And So Does the Spirit
If you’re not a Christian, I don’t expect this to have much of an impact on you. If you are a Christian you know exactly what I’m talking about. As we read God’s Word the Spirit affirms the truthfulness of what we are reading.
The Apostle Paul describes it this way:
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. The spiritual person judges all things, but is himself to be judged by no one. “For who has understood the mind of the Lord so as to instruct him?” But we have the mind of Christ. (1 Corinthians 2:14-16, ESV)
When Paul describes that the things of the Spirit are folly to the natural person I don’t think he means they cannot understand any of it. It’s not like when an unbelieving person hears the Bible being read the words somehow come out jumbled or sounding like the teacher from Peanuts, “Wha Wa Wha Wa . . . ” It means they don’t see the significance or the truthfulness of these words. They are not precious to them. The Spirit has not opened their eyes.
But to the Christian the words of God are sweeter than honey. We read them and they delight our souls. They even seem to read us. In the pages of Scripture we see something the world cannot see and we hear something the world cannot hear: the voice of our Shepherd offering us the words of life.
If you have never had a life transforming encounter with Jesus this argument will sound rather hollow. But if you are willing to consider the words of the Bible, if you were to read them and experience what Christians experience all of the time—the Spirit affirming the truthfulness and significance of God’s word—this could become the most powerful and convincing feature of all the Christian claims. Are you up to the challenge?
Take and read.