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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.
New Defender's Study Bible Notes
2:14 the natural man. The “natural” man, still unsaved, cannot appreciate spiritual truths. He must first understand Christ’s atoning sacrifice for Him, but even that is “foolishness” to Him (I Corinthians 1:18) until the Holy Spirit Himself convicts him of its reality (John 16:7-11). The Spirit, of course, may use His Word and the witness of believers guided by Him to accomplish this.