Whatsoever Things Are True
1 Corinthians 2:12: Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the spirit which is of God; that we might know the things that are freely given to us of God. 13 Which things also we speak, not in the words which man*s wisdom teacheth, but which the Holy Ghost teacheth; comparing spiritual things with spiritual. 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.
Psalms 96:9: O worship the LORD in the beauty of holiness: fear before him, all the earth.
We usually think of holiness as something harsh, disagreeable and critical. It is BEAUTIFUL! A natural man will not be able to perceive the beauty of holiness.
Philippians 4:8: Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.
A natural man will not be able to perceive or think about things that are true, honest, just, pure, lovely, etc. A spiritual man can and should grow in his ability to perceive those things.
Jeremiah 17:6: For he shall be like the heath in the desert, and shall not see when good cometh; but shall inhabit the parched places in the wilderness, in a salt land and not inhabited.
A natural man will not be able to see good when it comes.
John 3:3: Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God. 5 Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.
A natural man cannot see or enter the kingdom of God. So how do we become spiritual men? By receiving Jesus. He can make us children of God by the work of the Holy Spirit. We do not have the power to make ourselves children of God (spiritual men).
John 1:12: But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name:
Titus 3:5: Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost; 6 Which he shed on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Saviour;
Care to discuss Whatsoever Things Are True with Ron?