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.
"Because," He replied, "while to you it is granted to know the secrets of the Kingdom of the Heavens, to them it is not.
But He turned and said to Peter, "Get behind me, Adversary; you are a hindrance to me, because your thoughts are not God's thoughts, but men's."
"In most solemn truth I tell you," answered Jesus, "that unless a man is born anew he cannot see the Kingdom of God."
How is it you do not understand me when I speak? It is because you cannot bear to listen to my words.
But you do not believe, because you are not my sheep.
But though He had performed such great miracles in their presence, they did not believe in Him--
For if men are controlled by their earthly natures, they give their minds to earthly things. If they are controlled by their spiritual natures, they give their minds to spiritual things.
1 Corinthians 2:12
But we have not received the spirit of the world, but the Spirit which comes forth from God, that we may know the blessings that have been so freely given to us by God.
But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit whom the Father will send at my request, will teach you everything, and will bring to your memories all that I have said to you.
"When the Advocate is come whom I will send to you from the Father's presence--the Spirit of Truth who comes forth from the Father's presence--He will be a witness concerning me.
And He, when He comes, will convict the world in respect of sin, of righteousness, and of judgement; --
1 Corinthians 1:18
For the Message of the Cross is foolishness to those who are on the way to perdition, but it is the power of God to those whom He is saving.
In most solemn truth I tell you that if any one shall have obeyed my teaching he shall in no case ever see death."
Many of them said, "He is possessed by a demon and is mad. Why do you listen to him?"
A few of the Epicurean and Stoic philosophers also encountered him. Some of them asked, "What has this beggarly babbler to say?" "His business," said others, "seems to be to cry up some foreign gods." This was because he had been telling the Good News of Jesus and the Resurrection.
But since these are questions about words and names and your Law, you yourselves must see to them. I refuse to be a judge in such matters."
But they quarrelled with him about certain matters connected with their own religion, and about one Jesus who had died, but--so Paul persistently maintained--is now alive.
As Paul thus made his defence, Festus exclaimed in a loud voice, "You are raving mad, Paul; and great learning is driving you mad."