1. Saved: The natural man does not understand, nor appreciate the truths of the Scriptures, however the saved person can understand and appreciate what God is trying to communicate to him. 1 Corinthians 2:14 states:
“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.”
2. Spiritual: The theologian must not only be saved but he must be growing in the Lord and walking with the One that he seeks to know. (1 Corinthians 3:1 indicates that the understanding of the spiritual vs the carnal Christian is different. Hebrews 5:11 also.) Growing AND walking are needed to be a good theologian.
3. Studious: 2 Timothy 2:15 states,
“Study to show thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.”
There is labor to be given to the study of theology, and we must be willing to put forth that effort to understand fully and enjoy the truths that God has for us in this study.
I have gone through systematic theology in four colleges and seminaries. I have taught through the entire ten sections twice in a Bible Institute, yet I find that I am still playing with the surface of the topics involved.
 by Stanley L. Derickson. DERICKSON’S NOTES ON THEOLOGY: A STUDY BOOK IN THEOLOGY.