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11 There is none who understands; There is none who seeks after God.

 

Beginning at verse 11 Paul showed the lamentable condition of those outside Christ with no justification.

This is the second of 14 indictments.

11 There is none who understands;

People do not “get” who God is and what are the implications of His absolute righteousness. They are spiritually ignorant and have no idea where to find the truth. Apart from God taking the initiative with them, they have no way to find God. Their sinful nature blinds them to the truth. The truth that God’s attributes are absolute is one thing they do not understand.

PRINCIPLE:

Men are not sinful because they are ignorant of God, but they are ignorant of God because they are sinful.

APPLICATION:

We need a television to engage with television programming. Without divine revelation, man cannot engage with divine truth. People’s minds are sullied with the human viewpoint, blinding them to what God has to say to them.

Je 17: 9 “The heart is deceitful above all things, And desperately wicked; Who can know it?”

We can only know who and what God is by revelation.

1 Co 2: 9 But as it is written: “Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, Nor have entered into the heart of man The things which God has prepared for those who love Him.” 14 But the natural man does not receive the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; nor can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.

The non-Christian has a “darkened” mind toward God.

Ep 4: 18 . . . having their understanding darkened, being alienated from the life of God, because of the ignorance that is in them, because of the blindness of their heart.

Non-Christians may have extensive knowledge of the Bible, but that does not mean that they understand it. They cannot truly engage with the Word without the convicting ministry of the Holy Spirit. All unbelievers without exception are devoid of truth.

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