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BELIEVERS BIBLE STUDY
By Paul B Thomas
THE PAUL B THOMAS TOPICAL BIBLE NOTES
DISCERNING OF SPIRITS
The Discerning of Spirits
The ability to discern or divide or separate good from false, or true from the fake, as in false church (the synagogue of Satan) (Revelation 2:9). False doctrine (Rev 2:24) and false apostles (2 Cor 11;13).
For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into the apostles of Christ. Among the above we can further note that scripture talks of ‘doctrines of devils’ (1 Timothy4:1) these doctrines are described to those who ‘departing from the faith’ and ‘speaking lies in hypocrisy’ and having their conscience seared with a hot iron (1 Timothy 4:1-3). departing from the faith, not just any faith but ‘the faith.’ denotes that there is but one faith, One Lord one faith one baptism, (Ephesians 4:5) kind of faith.
These false apostles would have us believe that doctrine is unimportant and that all faiths should be one. Not so for there is only one God and the One God has his own church. and if the One God has only one church then we all should be of the faith, the one Lord, one faith, the only faith.
But strong meant belongeth to the that are of full age, even those who have by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern (Diakrisis) both good and evil (Hebrews 5:14).The apostles doctrine (Acts 2;42) is ‘strong meat’ Comes from faith in the narrow way, the one way to the one God. Strong meat, that is sound doctrine and the ability to discern truth from error belongeth to those who have by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil. In the list of gifts discerning of spirits follows the gift of prophecy (1 Cor 12:10) and so it follows after prophecy is practice too. and in the judging of prophecy we are reminded, ‘and let the others judge” Discern ‘diakrino’ 1 Cor 14:29). Thus discerning whether the prophecy as of God or not.
This is strong meat and is available to those who along with this supernatural gift have by reason of us have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil. For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears ( 2 Timothy 4:3). ‘Itching’ suggests disease Greek ‘Knethomai,’ ‘to burn or irritate’ to burn or long for knowledge, revelation yet cannot ‘discern’ the fake from the real. because they have mixture. Such then shall turn their ears from the truth and shall be turned into fables (2 Timothy 2 :4).Discerning of spirits hence divides and discerns truth from error and grants the hearer the ability to form a correct judgement on the things of the Lord. It’s is not a human judgement alone although wisdom and human judgement is a quality of the mature believer but this gift is a working of the Holy Spirit through the believer in a supernatural way.
Questions to Answer: What is the difference between discernment and the discernment of spirits.2. How are spirits discerned? 3.Some mistake discernment for fault-finding how then would we protect ourselves form such deception?
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