Must first have the Spirit of God ! cont
One of the reasons why a man must have the Spirit of God already before he can believe the Gospel Message of the Cross, its because without it [The Spirit] man cannot understand the Gospel, its absolute foolishness to him, Paul's point in 1 Cor 2:14298
14 But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.
The word know here is the greek word ginōskō and means:
to learn to know, come to know, get a knowledge of perceive, feel
a) to become known
2) to know, understand, perceive, have knowledge of
a) to understand
The word is translated understand 8 times in the NT, here is an example:
43 Why do ye not understand my speech? even because ye cannot hear my word.
Now Jesus states later why they do not understand when they hear His Word in vs 47
He that is of God heareth God's words: ye therefore hear them not, because ye are not of God.
The Natural man cannot, does not have the capacity spiritually to hear and understand the Things of God, the Gospel.
And Jesus is very clear as who it is that hears the Gospel and bears fruit upon hearing, here Matt 13:23
23 But he that received seed into the good ground is he that heareth the word, and understandeth it; which also beareth fruit, and bringeth forth, some an hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty.
Now, its quite obvious this he, could not have been a mere natural man because if he was, how could he not be like other natural men as described here 1 Cor 2:14
14 But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know or understand them, because they are spiritually discerned.
The answer is, this man in Matt 13:23 was already born of God, born of the Spirit, who had already received the Spirit in New Birth !
Thats why its said of him, that he received the seed of the word in Good Ground !
Amen Brother to parts 1 and 2 !
Because the Gospel belongs to the category of the Things of the Spirit of God, the natural man being in a spiritually dead state, is prevented from receiving them because they must be Spiritually discerned. Therefore, there is no simple way to present the Gospel to the natural man.
For one must first be be of God to Hear God's Words John 8:47.