Treasury of Scripture Knowledge


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.

General references

Bible References


Matthew 13:11
He replied, "You disciples are being given an understanding of the secrets of the kingdom of heaven, but the crowds of people are not.
Matthew 16:23
But Jesus turned to Peter and said, "Get away from me, Satan; you are causing a hindrance to me because you are not thinking about God's things but about men's."
John 3:3
Jesus said to him, "Truly, truly, I tell you, a person cannot see the kingdom of God [i.e., enter it. See verse 5], unless he is born from above [Note: The words "from above" are also used in verse 31, but in this place they could also mean "again," or "anew" and refer to the source of a person's second birth].
John 8:43
Why do you people not understand what I am saying? It is because you cannot [bear to] listen to my message.
John 10:26
But you do not believe me, because you are not [part] of my sheep.
John 12:37
But [even] though Jesus had performed so many [miraculous] signs in front of the people, still they did not believe in Him.
Romans 8:5
For those people who are [controlled] by the flesh think about [i.e., desire] what the flesh wants; but those who are [controlled] by the Holy Spirit [desire] what the Holy Spirit wants.

The things

1 Corinthians 2:12
But we [apostles] did not receive the spirit of the world [i.e., human wisdom. See verse 6], but the Holy Spirit from God, so that we could understand what was freely given to us from God [i.e., the gift of inspiration. See verses 9-10].
John 14:26
But the Helper, that is, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name [i.e., by my authority] will teach you everything. And He will remind you of everything that I [have] said to you.
John 15:26
"But the Helper will come, that is, the Holy Spirit of truth [i.e., who reveals truth]. He comes from the Father and I will send Him to you from the Father. [When He comes] He will give testimony about me.
John 16:8
And when He does come, He will bring conviction to the world regarding sin [i.e., exposing it and producing guilt], regarding what is right [i.e., upholding godly standards], and regarding judgment [i.e., showing that sin condemns].


1 Corinthians 1:18
For the message of [Christ dying on] the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing [i.e., in a lost state], but it is God's power to us who are being saved.
John 8:51
Truly, truly, I tell you, if a person obeys my message, he will never die [i.e., spiritually]."
John 10:20
Many of them said, "This man is dominated by an evil spirit; he is crazy, why listen to him?"
Acts 17:18
Also certain Epicurean and Stoic philosophers approached him for discussion. Some asked, "What will this know-it-all have to say?" Others said, "He seems to be advocating [a belief in] some different gods." [They said this] because he was proclaiming Jesus and the resurrection [of the dead].
Acts 18:15
But if it is only a dispute over words, titles and your [religious] law, tend to it yourselves; I refuse to pass judgment on such [trivial] matters."
Acts 25:19
All they had was a controversy with him over their own religion and about someone named Jesus, who had died [but] whom Paul alleges is [now] alive.
Acts 26:24
As Paul made his defense in this way, Festus said to him loudly, "Paul, you are crazy. All your education is driving you insane."

General references

Luke 7:23
The person who does not find an occasion for having doubts about my identity is fortunate indeed."
John 1:5
And [His] light continued to shine, [even] in the darkness [of the world], and that darkness did not overcome Him [or, did not fully understand Him].