Why is it that some believe the Bible and others don’t? It’s not because some are smarter than others—some geniuses believe in Jesus and others don’t. It’s not because some are more cultured than others or more open-minded than others. It’s not that some were more inherently good than others. Christians believe what they believe, because it was given to them. 1 Corinthians 2:12 says,
Now we have received not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, that we might understand the things freely given us by God. – 1 Corinthians 2:12
Now, this verse is not saying that there’s such a thing as a “spirit of the world” in the sense of a spiritual being, but rather the disposition of the world, in all of its worldliness. That is not what Christians have received.
Instead, in a play on words, Paul tells us that we have received “the Spirit who is from God“, that is, God the Holy Spirit, who gives us understanding of “the things freely given to us by God“. It is He who is the determining factor as to whether a man or a woman, smart or dumb, rich or poor, noble or common, trusts in Jesus Christ.
What this means for us
What this means for us is that we have absolutely no room to boast. We didn’t believe because we were better people or more spiritual or more in tune with our hearts and minds. We believed because we have received the Spirit who is from God, that we may understand.
What this also means for us is that we can confidently share the good news of Jesus with others. We don’t have to worry about whether we are speaking smartly enough or communicating prolifically enough. No, we can faithfully preach Christ and Him crucified, and if the person receives the Holy Spirit, they will understand and believe.
And of course, all glory and praise goes to God.