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Spiritual Discernment

John Collins12/20/2012While seeking the Truth, many are afraid to judge for themselves.  1 Corinthians 2 gives us assurance that the Holy Spirit guides us in our judgements.

Paul says that among the mature, wisdom was given.  It was not wisdom that can be taught in schools, nor a wisdom that kings or monarchs obtain with great power, for that wisdom fades away.  Paul said that the wisdom imparted from God was a wisdom that God Himself decreed before the ages for our glory.

He said that if the rulers of his age only understood this wisdom of God, they would not have crucified Christ.  This hidden mystery was Christ Himself.

God reveals to us through His Holy Spirit.  The Spirit searches everything, even the depths of the mystery of God.  Paul asked: "Who knows a person's thoughts except the spirit of that person that is within him?"  He said the same could be said of God; no one could comprehend the thoughts of God except the Spirit of God.

Paul said that our knowledge and wisdom comes from the Spirit, and we can understand freely what God wants us to understand.  This gift is not passed from one another through the teachings of man, but only from the Holy Spirit.  The Holy Spirit within us can interpret the spiritual Truths from those who are spiritual.

To those that have ears to hear, here is wisdom:

Paul said that the natural person does not accept the things told to him by the Spirit of God, and considers them to be folly.  He is not able to understand these things, because they are only discerned by the spirit.

The spiritual person, however judges all things.  Paul did not say that we are to refrain from judgement of the doctrines of men.  While the bible says not to judge others, Paul makes it very clear that we are the judge of the spiritual things, discerning right from wrong.

At the same time, Paul said that the spiritual person judges all things, but he himself is judged by no one.  Who among him has the mind of Christ to instruct him?  But we have the mind of Christ, and we rightly discern the Truth from the deception.

As Christians, we should ask ourselves:  Are we filled with the Spirit that examines the doctrines of men to make sure they line up with the Word of Truth?  Does the spirit within us give us discernment, or does it give us blindness?  Do we believe a false prophet who claimed "discernment" was mind reading or fortune telling?  Or do we have spiritual discernment that judges that false prophet by his teaching and his failed prophecy?

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