The Natural Man, once he became spiritually dead after eating the fruit from the tree of the knowledge of Good and Evil, hid Himself from the true God and has been ever since running from the True Biblical God and seeking out his own imaginary gods in his own image after the likeness of his father the Devil. He doesn’t come to the Light so that his wickedness will not be exposed. John 3:20, 1 Corinthians 2:14, Genesis 2:17, Genesis 3: 6-8, Romans 1:21-25
The Natural Man seeks to establish his own righteousness; in his estimation from a vain unsupported pride, to gain favor with his false god. Romans 10:1-4 The Natural Man’s righteousness is a filthy menstruation rag
Isaiah 64:6 because the Natural Man is spiritually dead 1 Corinthians 2:14 and cannot please the true God Romans 8:8 who can only accept perfect righteousness from the heart because He is Pure, Holy and Perfectly Righteous.
Natural Man is a liar and doesn’t know the True Biblical Sovereign God. That character was the fruit produced from a spiritually dead nature comparable to his Father, The Devil, after he followed after other gods and ate the fruit from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. But the natural man being spiritually dead must be regenerated from God from above unto belief of the Gospel of Christ in order to please God and come out from under the wrath of God hanging over him because of his sin. God is the one that reveals the truth of the Gospel of Christ unto belief through regeneration of the heart and spirit John 3:36
And this is everlasting life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, the One whom You sent.
To know the true God and Jesus Christ is a revelation from God to whom he chooses. Matthew 11:27 God regenerates every unconditionally chosen vessel’s spirit and heart. John 3:3-8 The ones that have been regenerated believe The Gospel of Christ that salvation is conditioned solely on Christ’s work and person demonstrating they have passed from spiritual death to life John 5:24
And He said to them, Going into all the world, proclaim the gospel to all the creation.
The one believing and being baptized will be saved; but the one not believing will be condemned.
The Gospel of Christ
God promises to save his people unconditionally fore loved and chosen from before the foundation of the world conditioned on Jesus Christ’s atoning shed blood and his imputed righteousness alone without any contribution from the sinner. Matthew 1:21, Romans 8:28-30, Ephesians 1:4-6, Romans 9:9-11, Romans 3:24-27, Romans 4:4-8
God does not promise to save the reprobate fitted out for destruction unconditionally chosen from before the foundation of the world to display his wrath and to make his power known in order to make known the riches of his glory on vessels of mercy which he before prepared for glory Romans 9:22-23, Matthew 1:21
The ones chosen unto life will keep his commandments out of love for what Jesus Christ did for them John 14:15 because it is God who works the willing and doing inside of them for the sake of (His) good pleasure and glory and He promises to complete the work in them that he has begun Philippians 1:6, 2:13
If you know the true God and the true Jesus Christ, the One whom He sent, then it has been miraculously and Sovereignly revealed to you through regeneration of your heart and spirit from above
John 3:3-8, Matthew 16:16-18, John 3:27
¶ Brothers, truly my heart’s pleasure and supplication to God on behalf of Israel is unto salvation.
2 For I testify to them that they have zeal to God, but not according to knowledge.
3 For not knowing the righteousness of God, and seeking to establish their own righteousness, they did not submit to the righteousness of God.
4 For the end of the law is Christ for righ- teousness to everyone that believes.
These Israelites had no ability of their own to come to Jesus and believe the Gospel. They did not know the righteousness of God and were seeking to establish their own righteousness demonstrating they did not know and were not willing to submit to the righteousness of God in the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
They had a great zeal for God but the zeal was all a vain worthless endeavor leading to their destruction.
Every zealous religion not planted by God the Father Matthew 15:13 which does not go through the work and person of Christ leads to hell. Believing in god isn’t enough, it has to be the work and person of the True biblical Sovereign God who became flesh.
Every false religion is planted by the devil since God the Father didn’t plant them. Jesus said let the blind follow the blind. They both shall fall into the ditch. God causes this so the reprobate will believe the lie and be damned.
2 Thessalonians 2:11, 1 Peter 2:8, Matthew 15:13,14, Acts 13:48, Romans 9:18
The Apostle Paul was praying to God for their salvation because he knew that God was in control of who is saved and is the one that reveals the knowledge of Jesus Christ that saves.
All things were given over to Me by My Father; and no one knows the Son except the Father; nor does anyone know the Father, except the Son, and to whomever the Son purposes to reveal Him.
All things were given over to Me by My Father, and no one knows who the Son is if not the Father; and who is the Father, if not the Son, and he to whom the Son may desire to reveal Him
And answering, Simon Peter said, You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.
And answering, Jesus said to him, Blessed are you, Simon, son of Jonah, for flesh and blood did not reveal it to you, but My Father in Heaven.
18 And I also say to you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build My Assembly, and the gates of Hades will not prevail against her.
And answering, He said to them, To you it has been given to know the mysteries of the kingdom of Heaven, but it has not been given to those.
All who the Father gives to Me shall come to Me, and the one coming to Me I will not cast out, not ever,
38 for I have come down out of Heaven, not that I should do My will, but the will of Him who sent Me.
39 And this is the will of the Father send- ing Me, that of all that He has given Me, I shall not lose any of it, but shall raise it up in the last day.
40 And this is the will of the One having sent Me, that everyone seeing the Son and believing into Him should have everlasting life; and I will raise him up at the last day.
41 Therefore the Jews murmured about Him, because He said, I am the Bread coming down out of Heaven.
42 And they said, Is this not Jesus the son of Joseph, of whom we know the father and the mother? How, then, does this One now say, I have come down out of Heaven?
43 Therefore Jesus answered and said to them, Do not murmur with one another.
44 No one is able to come to me if not the Father, the One having sent Me, draws him, and I will raise him up in the last day.
John answered and said, A man is able to receive nothing if it is not given to him from Heaven.
1 Corinthians 2:8
which none of the rulers of this age has known. For if they had known, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory;
God controlled the thoughts and actions of all so that the crucifixion would take place at the exact time for the good of the people God is saving. God did not reveal the knowledge of who Jesus was and what he came to accomplish to rulers of this age.
Jesus answered and said to him, Truly, truly, I say to you, If one is not generated from above, he is not able to see the kingdom of God.
4 Nicodemus said to Him, How is a man able to be generated, being old? He is not able to enter into his mother’s womb a second time and be generated.
5 Jesus answered, Truly, truly, I say to you, If one is not generated out of water and Spirit, he is not able to enter into the kingdom of God.
6 The thing having been generated out of the flesh is flesh, and that having been generated out of the Spirit is spirit.
7 Do not wonder because I said to you, You must be generated from above.
8 The Spirit breathes where He desires, and you hear His voice; but you do not know from where He comes, and where He goes; so is everyone having been generated from the Spirit.
43 Why do you not know My speech? It is because you are not able to hear My Word.
But you do not believe, for you are not of My sheep, even as I said to you.
These Pharisees or Jews were not given up to that point the knowledge of Jesus Christ by God; but the way the sentence is phrased, they most likely were reprobates since Jesus said they didn’t believe because they weren’t his sheep.
for the children not yet being born, nor having done any good or evil, that the purpose of God according to election might stand, not of works, but of the One calling,
So, then, it is not of the one willing, nor of the one running, but of the One having mercy, of God.
29 ¶ because whom He foreknew, He also predestinated to be conformed to the im- age of His Son, for Him to be the First- begotten among many brothers.
Foreknew means fore loved, unconditionally. God is omniscient, omnipotent and omnipresent so the creature cannot present any conditions that would obligate God to consider him. He created all things and knew what exactly he created.
30 But whom He predestinated, these He also called; and whom He called, these He also justified; and whom He justified, these He also glorified.
36 Therefore, if the Son sets you free, you are free indeed.
The Son of God has to set you free or you are not free. So all religions the Father has not planted and personal effort are vain endeavors leading to destruction and you are still a slave to sin and under the wrath of God. If you do not know or trust in the Gospel of Christ, you are still dead in your sins.
26 But you do not believe, for you are not of My sheep, even as I said to you
The sheep don’t have free will. God is in control and chooses whom he will have mercy on and rescue from fallen man
44 No one is able to come to me if not the Father, the One having sent Me, draws him, and I will raise him up in the last day
65 And He said, Because of this, I have told you that no one is able to come to Me if it is not given to him from My Father.
2 Thessalonians 2:13
¶ But we ought to thank God always concerning you, brothers, having been loved by the Lord, because God chose you from the beginning to salvation in sancti- fication of the Spirit and belief of the truth,
2 Corinthians 4:6
Because it is God who said, “Out of darkness Light shall shine,” the One who shone in our hearts to give the illumination of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ. Isa. 42:6, 7, 16