Why don’t they get it?

Have you ever been perplexed by those who can’t seem to grasp simple axioms? Do you long for the days when people exercised reason and logic? Do you rack your brain trying to figure out how someone can fail to see something that’s so obvious?

Well, I discovered some great insight from the Scriptures on why this happens and I’ve succinctly written it below for your edification. I hope that it helps you when you are banging your head on the wall because the person you’re talking to seems completely incapable of accepting even elementary truths. When you find yourself at this point I encourage you to refer to the following:

One’s heart and mind has to first be opened by God to even be able to understand the Scriptures (Luke 24:25, Acts 16:14, 1 John 5:20) because the carnal man cannot accept the things of God (1 Corinthians 2:14) and even as he’s perishing he considers the preaching of the cross to be foolishness (1 Corinthians 1:18).

It is God and God alone who grants the repentance necessary that leads to the knowledge of the truth (2 Timothy 2:25). No one gets to the Father except through the Son (John 14:6) but no one can come to the Son unless the Father draws them (John 6:44) and grants it (John 6:65).

The Son also draws men unto Himself (John 12:32) and we don’t control who is drawn because all that the Father gives to Christ will come (John 6:37, 6:39, 17:2, 17:24).

When we keep these essential truths present in our mind we will be less likely to try to argue, debate, or manipulate someone into Heaven.

For your convenience I’ve incorporated the above into the printable Bible Reference Notes found here.


9 thoughts on “Why don’t they get it?

  1. exactly. the pressure is off. we aren’t saviours, Jesus is. We are to proclaim- whether God draws them, or not. We don’t know.

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  2. Amen. Just like what I have in my First Things First on my blog. I warn that if you are not a Christian the rest of the blog maybe foolishness to you. It is sometimes hard to remember why they don’t get it.

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  3. The Pilgrim:

    Very succinct post. Remembering the totality, or depth of depravity across all the faculties of the unregenerate is paramount (mind, will, emotions, etc). Once this is forgotten, or pushed to the side, evangelism “methods” come in – and as you rightly conclude, people end up “manipulating” people, but not into Heaven…into the visible church.

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  4. The article expresses bewilderment at why sinners don’t “get it”. Surely, no one would consider himself unfamiliar with the darkness of sin, and therefore unable to relate.

    Aside from that, anyone engaged in apologetics should understand their interlocutor’s position the way that they understand it, and not merely regurgitating canned arguments and characterizations because they are more expedient and appease the ego.

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  5. Pilgrim,

    I needed that. It’s easy to understand why the unsaved don’t get it. They don’t have the Spirit of Truth residing in them. But when professing Christians are being fooled by false teachings and false teachers (often vigorously defending them), and my attempts to explain God’s truth on the matter is met with defiance and rejection of the truth, even grasping for defenses of their Golden Calves, that’s what has me banging my head against the wall. Yet sadly it’s really just the same (absence of the Spirit of Truth). So thank you for the needed reminder.

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  6. If, as you say “One’s heart and mind has to first be opened by God to even be able to understand the Scriptures,” then God is a respecter of persons because he does not open the mind of all men. He must also be the cause of sin in the lives of the unregenerated because He has withheld from them what they must have in order to be saved.
    1 Tim 2:3-4 “For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour; 4 Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth.” KJV
    Acts 10:34-35 “Then Peter opened his mouth, and said, Of a truth I perceive that God is no respecter of persons:35 But in every nation he that feareth him, and worketh righteousness, is accepted with him.” KJV

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  7. Hank,
    The Bible is True in saying God is no respecter of persons – this means He does not favor one group over another. This is not in conflict with His doctrine of election – having chosen who He will save before the foundation of the world. The context of 1 Tim 3:3-4 is clear – he is referring to all those who belong to Christ, who were being persecuted by the world in that day. He is not an impotent God who wishes all the men in the whole world everywhere would be saved yet He cannot make it so. Lastly, those who fear God and work righteousness that Peter wrote about are those whom God has saved unto good works that He prepared for them to walk in. No man earns God’s favor or salvation.

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  8. Hank,
    When you understand the depravity of man: that all men are born wicked and God-hating, all deserve eternal damnation…the amazing thing is not that God saves some, it’s that He saves any.

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  9. If, as you say “One’s heart and mind has to first be opened by God to even be able to understand the Scriptures,” then God is a respecter of persons because he does not open the mind of all men.

    When the Bible says that God is not a respecter of persons (Romans 2:11; Acts 10:34), it means that He does not look upon the rich any differently than the poor. It does not mean that He doesn’t choose to reveal Himself to some and not to others. He does indeed choose to reveal His truths only to those whom He has chosen.

    But far from this being an accusation against His character and consistency, this is actually very consistent with His character and His actions throughout the Bible. For example, He chose to only reveal Himself to Israel (Deuteronomy 7:6-8), and to give to them His Law (Romans 9:1-5). He did not choose the Amorites or the Hivites or the Amalekites. Does that make Him a respecter of persons?

    He chose Jacob over Esau before either one of them was even born (Romans 9:10-14). He chose Jeremiah to be a prophet to the nations before he was even conceived in his mother’s womb (Jeremiah 1:1-6). Does that make God a respecter of persons?

    But He chooses to reveal Himself to those whom He has chosen–not because those people are “better” than others (Titus 3:4-5; Ephesians 2:1-6) but because He chose us before He even formed the earth (Ephesians 1:4-11; Revelation 17:8).

    By the same token, God does indeed use wicked men to fulfill His purposes–but then He holds those men accountable for their own actions. He used the Assyrians to punish the people of Israel for their rebellion (Isaiah 10:5-6–“Woe to Assyria, the rod of My anger And the staff in whose hand is My indignation. I will send him against an ungodly nation, And against the people of My wrath I will give him charge, To seize the spoil, to take the prey, And to tread them down like the mire of the streets). But then He punished Assyria for doing so (Isaiah 10:12–Therefore it shall come to pass, when the Lord has performed all His work on Mount Zion and on Jerusalem, [that He will say], “I will punish the fruit of the arrogant heart of the king of Assyria, and the glory of his haughty looks”).

    My point is this: God is sovereign over His creation–even the people who are made after His image. He can choose to do with His creation–including those people–whatever He wishes.

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