“We know also that the Son of God has come and has given us understanding,…”
1 John 5:20
There is only one way to gain spiritual understanding… through the gift given by Jesus Christ, the Son of God. The understanding we need to relate to God is a God-given understanding. It cannot be learned through education, or even helped by it. It is the gift of God.
We can put ourselves in the way of it by reading the Bible and listening to the gospel explained, but we cannot work it out, or work it up in ourselves. The understanding of the Scripture is spiritually discerned and comes through the work of the Holy Spirit in the life of a person. The understanding we receive will lead us to God. This is the point of it.
It is not for the benefit of our standing in this world, like education or a good job, but is to lead us to eternal life and a place in heaven forever. It is to know the eternal God and love Him forever. It is a spiritual state of mind and not physical, and can only be found by people with spiritual desires.
We can ask for understanding, as Solomon did, and God will give it to us. He does not hide from us and is not willing that any should perish without this understanding, but come to a real and genuine faith in Christ. It is the greatest gift, because we get to know the Lord Jesus and get to be part of His family. He will forgive us for the sin that keeps this knowledge away from us, and give us new hearts that love what He loves, and understand the Word of God.
Without this spiritual understanding we are blind and foolish and do not know God at all. We live under the condemnation of the sin that infests our lives, and remain blind and without hope. Only as we seek the Lord, and ask for this understanding, will He work in our lives to bring us to know Him personally.
This is the key, and we look for God in the Holy Scriptures, and listen to people, who explain them, and God will answer our prayers for this gift. He is not far from anyone and waits for us to seek Him.
Some helpful passages:
• Romans 3:23-24
• Galatians 3:13-14
• Isaiah 53:4-6
• Titus 3:4-7
• Acts 4:5-12
There are so many others…. Read the Bible and find someone to explain to you what it means and ask God for the understanding of the Word. This is so that we can believe and be released for our sinful mindset. If you understand already, you will know your need of Him and must come to Him in repentance and faith, being sorry for your sin and putting your trust in what Jesus did to pay for it and to rescue you from its power in your life. We repent of our sin and are changed for good….
“Nicodemus said to him, “How can a man be born when he is old? Can he enter a second time into his mother’s womb, and be born?” Jesus answered, “Most certainly I tell you, unless one is born of water and spirit, he can’t enter into the Kingdom of God! That which is born of the flesh is flesh. That which is born of the Spirit is spirit. Don’t marvel that I said to you, ‘You must be born anew.’ The wind blows where it wants to, and you hear its sound, but don’t know where it comes from and where it is going. So is everyone who is born of the Spirit…..”
Some people call this experience of coming to God, the New Birth, and this passage shows us why.
“As Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of Man be lifted up, that whoever believes in him should not perish, but have eternal life.”
John 3:4-8 and 14-15
There is no ritual to be followed to enter into the experience of new birth, but only faith in Christ. A look to the Saviour is all it takes, we can do nothing else….