Be Still and Know

May 21, 2016

 

From: A Mighty Thunderous Roar {Article}

All will tremble at the roar of the Lion of Judah (Amos 3:8). To those who contend with the Lord, His roar will show His wrath (Prov 19:12, 20:2). They will tremble in terror. But to those who belong to the Lord it will be protection. They will tremble in awe and respect gathered like protected children around Him.

 

God is our refuge and strength
An ever present help in times of trouble   –
Ps 46:1
This is the reason we will not fear. –
Ps 46:2

Tho the nations rage  –Ps 46:6 Ps 2:1
Tho the oceans rise and mountains quake –
Ps 46:3
Be still and know –
Ps 46:10
The Lord in the midst of His children
Can not be moved. –
Ps 46:5

The Lord of Hosts –Ps 46:7
Strong and mighty He roars –
Ps 24:8
A roar of terror
To those who strive against the King –
Ps 46:6
But to those who know His name
A mighty Roar of protection. –Joel 3:16

Lift up your heads and see
The King of Glory –Ps 24:10
From the secret place of thunder  Ps 81:7
The Lion of Judah ROARS! 

Joel 3:16 AMPC … The Lord will thunder and roar from Zion and utter His voice from Jerusalem, and the heavens and the earth shall shake; but the Lord will be a refuge for His people and a stronghold to the children of Israel.

Psalm 46:10-11 AMPC … Let be and be still, and know (recognize and understand) that I am God. I will be exalted among the nations! I will be exalted in the earth! 11 The Lord of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our Refuge (our High Tower and Stronghold). Selah [pause, and calmly think of that]!

From NetBible Ps 46:10

  • Be still and know = cease/stop striving and recognize
    • * To the nations who rage against God and His people, this is a rebuke to stop fighting/ striving against the Sovereign Lord
    • * To God’s children this is a call to trust and rest secure in the Sovereign Lord’s protection
  • exalted means recognized as Sovereign King => The Lord of Hosts, King of Glory(Ps 24:10) who fights and delivers on behalf of His children(Ps 46:11)

Word of God Faithful & True!

May 19, 2016

John 1:1-4,14 NASB … In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was in the beginning with God. 3 All things came into being through Him, and apart from Him nothing came into being that has come into being. 4 In Him was life, and the life was the Light of men. …… 14 And the Word became flesh, and dwelt among us, and we saw His glory, glory as of the only begotten from the Father, full of grace and truth. 1

Word of God
Ever faithful
Ever true –Rev 19:11-13
The Rock eternal –Is 26:4
Unchanging
Unwavering
The Rock beneath my feet –Ps 40:2
Forever standing firm
Settled, fixed, secure –Ps 119:89
Ever sure
Jesus full of grace and truth
Life and Light
The imperishable seed –Gal 3:29
The living and enduring
Word of God –1Pe 1:23
Backed by all the honor of His Holy name! –Ps 138:2

Psalm 138:2 AMPC … I will worship toward Your holy temple and praise Your name for Your loving-kindness and for Your truth and faithfulness; for You have exalted above all else Your name and Your word and You have magnified Your word above all Your name!

Psalm 138:2 NLT … I bow before your holy Temple as I worship. I will give thanks to your name for your unfailing love and faithfulness, because your promises are backed by all the honor of your name.

Doctrine of the Nicolatians

May 18, 2016

Ephesus was commended for testing and finding false apostles – the Nicolaitions were an example – they were not tolerated => found among the Ephesus Church.

Revelation 2:2,6 NASB
Message to Ephesus Church
2 ‘I know your deeds and your toil and perseverance, and that you cannot tolerate evil men, and you put to the test those who call themselves apostles, and they are not, and you found them to be false;
6 Yet this you do have, that you hate the deeds of the Nicolaitans, which I also hate.

The message to the Pergamum Church gives us a clue how these false apostles – like the Nicolaitions operated and were found to be false. It’s by the sword of the Spirit – the word of God(Eph 6:17) that these are tested. There IS an underlying false doctrine that must be exposed and corrected. If ignored it allows the throne of Satan to dwell among them.  Balaam gives us a clue to the spirit behind the false doctrine of the Nicolaitians. Balaam used the mixture of both the spirit of divination and the Spirit of the true God(Num 24:1-3). There is some evidence that the underlying doctrine of the Nicolaitions was the Gnostic doctrine => especially those who teach the heresy that the divine Christ joined the man Jesus at baptism and left Him as He died(Kenosis). This is also true in today’s churches. This heresy denies the “name of Jesus” by denying His deity while on earth before His baptism and as He died.  These false prophets who introduce heresy are “blots and blemishes” that can  not be tolerated and must be removed(2Pe 2:1-3,13-15).

Revelation 2:13-16 NASB
Message to Pergamum Church
13 ‘I know where you dwell, where Satan’s throne is; and you hold fast My name, and did not deny My faith even in the days of Antipas, My witness, My faithful one, who was killed among you, where Satan dwells. 14 But I have a few things against you, because you have there some who hold the teaching of Balaam, who kept teaching Balak to put a stumbling block before the sons of Israel, to eat things sacrificed to idols and to commit acts of immorality. 15 So you also have some who in the same way hold the teaching{doctrine} of the Nicolaitans. 16 Therefore repent; or else I am coming to you quickly, and I will make war against them with the sword of My mouth.

The Philadelphia Church was commended because they kept Jesus’ word and did not deny His name. They held fast to the Truth – the doctrine of Christ.

Revelation 3:8,11 NASB
Message to the Philadelphia Church
8 ‘I know your deeds. Behold, I have put before you an open door which no one can shut, because you have a little power, and have kept My word, and have not denied My name. …
… 11 I am coming quickly; hold fast what you have, so that no one will take your crown.

John 8:31-32 AMPC … So Jesus said to those Jews who had believed in Him, If you abide in My word [hold fast to My teachings and live in accordance with them], you are truly My disciples. 32 And you will know the Truth, and the Truth will set you free.

2 John 1:9 AMPC … Anyone who runs on ahead [of God] and does not abide in the doctrine of Christ [who is not content with what He taught] does not have God; but he who continues to live in the doctrine (teaching) of Christ [does have God], he has both the Father and the Son.

Titus 1:9 AMPC
Qualifications of Elders
9 He must hold fast to the sure and trustworthy Word of God as he was taught it, so that he may be able both to give stimulating instruction and encouragement in sound (wholesome) doctrine and to refute and convict those who contradict and oppose it [showing the wayward their error].

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Help and Shield

May 15, 2016

Psalm 115:11 AMPC … You who [reverently] fear the Lord, trust in and lean on the Lord! He is their Help and their Shield.

You who reverently fear the Lord
Trust Him and lean on Him alone
Pro 3:5
He is your ever present HelpPs 46:1
And Shield!Ps 3:3

Psalm 103:11 AMPC … For as the heavens are high above the earth, so great are His mercy and loving-kindness toward those who reverently and worshipfully fear Him.

He shelters all who trust in Him beneath His wings
His faithfulness and truth
Your shield and protective wall.
Ps 91:4

The word of the Lord is right and true
He is faithful in all He does.
 –Ps 33:4

Let your soul wait in hope for the Lord
Only He can help, protecting us like a shield.
Ps 33:20

Psalm 33:20-21 AMPC … Our inner selves wait [earnestly] for the Lord; He is our Help and our Shield. 21 For in Him does our heart rejoice, because we have trusted (relied on and been confident) in His holy name.

Psalm 33:4 NLT For the word of the LORD holds true, and everything He does is worthy of our trust.

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Shipwrecked Faith

May 11, 2016

1 Timothy 1:18-20 AMPC … This charge and admonition I commit in trust to you, Timothy, my son, in accordance with prophetic intimations which I formerly received concerning you, so that inspired and aided by them you may wage the good warfare{fight the good fight}, 19 Holding fast to faith (that leaning of the entire human personality on God in absolute trust and confidence) and having a good (clear) conscience. By rejecting and thrusting from them [their conscience], some individuals have made shipwreck of their faith. 20 Among them are Hymenaeus and Alexander, whom I have delivered to Satan in order that they may be disciplined [by punishment and learn] not to blaspheme.

What shipwrecks faith?

Faith is shipwrecked by not holding fast to the faith in the “doctrine of Christ” and/or not following the Holy Spirit’s conviction. Faith is also shipwrecked by following those spreading false teaching/ doctrine.

From NetBible 1Tim 1:19

fight the good fight = don’t become shipwrecked by:

  • hold fast to faith[4102]= same word for faith as contend for the faith –Jude 1:3
    =>* The term “faith” has a variety of meanings in the NT. Here, the faith refers to the doctrinal content embraced by believers rather than the act of believing.
    => v2 addresses this letter to Timothy ” my true child in the faith[4102]
    => v3 urges Timothy to stay in Ephesus to instruct certain people not to spread false teachings/ doctrine
  • keep a clear conscience[4893]=follow the conviction of the Holy Spirit

1 Timothy 4:1-2 AMPC …But the [Holy] Spirit distinctly and expressly declares that in latter times some will turn away from the faith[4102], giving attention to deluding and seducing spirits and doctrines that demons teach, 2 Through the hypocrisy and pretensions of liars whose consciences are seared (cauterized) …

1 Timothy 6:20-21 NASB … O Timothy, guard what has been entrusted to you, avoiding worldly and empty chatter and the opposing arguments of what is falsely called “knowledge”— 21 which some have professed and thus gone astray from the faith[4102].
Grace be with you.

2 Timothy 3:13 AMPC … But wicked men and imposters will go on from bad to worse, deceiving and leading astray others and being deceived and led astray themselves.

 

Hymenaeus and Alexander are examples of people who are spreading false teaching/ doctrine. They have gone astray from the faith and are leading others astray: shipwrecked.

2 Timothy 2:17-18 AMPC … And their teaching [will devour; it] will eat its way like cancer or spread like gangrene. So it is with Hymenaeus and Philetus, 18 Who have missed the mark and swerved from the truth by arguing that the resurrection has already taken place. They are undermining the faith[4102] of some.

2 Timothy 4:14-15 AMPC … Alexander the coppersmith did me great wrongs. The Lord will pay him back for his actions. 15 Beware of him yourself, for he opposed and resisted our message[teaching, words] very strongly and exceedingly.

Jude 1:12-13 AMPC … These are hidden reefs (elements of danger) in your love feasts, where they boldly feast sumptuously [carousing together in your midst], without scruples providing for themselves [alone]. They are clouds without water, swept along by the winds; trees, without fruit at the late autumn gathering time—twice (doubly) dead, [lifeless and] plucked up by the roots; 13 Wild waves of the sea, flinging up the foam of their own shame and disgrace; wandering stars, for whom the gloom of eternal darkness has been reserved forever.

 

Those spreading false teaching/ doctrine inside the church may not be easy to recognize at first – they appear to be pillars of the community but really are hidden reefs waiting to “shipwreck” the faith of the immature => those who do not recognize sound teaching/doctrine. –2 Pe 2:1,14; 2 Pe 3:16;2Co 11:13-15;Mt 22:29

Balancing Truth and Love

May 8, 2016

God is always Love. God is always Truth.

  • God is Love

    1 John 4:16 AMPC … And we know (understand, recognize, are conscious of, by observation and by experience) and believe (adhere to and put faith in and rely on) the love God cherishes for us. God is love, and he who dwells and continues in love dwells and continues in God, and God dwells and continues in him.

    Romans 5:8 AMPC … But God shows and clearly proves His [own] love for us by the fact that while we were still sinners, Christ (the Messiah, the Anointed One) died for us.

  • God is Truth

    John 14:6 AMPC … Jesus said to him, I am the Way and the Truth and the Life; no one comes to the Father except by (through) Me.

    John 18:37 AMPC … Pilate said to Him, Then You are a King? Jesus answered, You say it! [You speak correctly!] For I am a King. [Certainly I am a King!] This is why I was born, and for this I have come into the world, to bear witness to the Truth. Everyone who is of the Truth [who is a friend of the Truth, who belongs to the Truth] hears and listens to My voice.

Truth and Love are to be balanced

  • Truth aims at Love & shapes how to show Love

    Matthew 22:36-40 NASB … “Teacher, which is the great commandment in the Law?” 37 And He said to him, “‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ 38 This is the great and foremost commandment. 39 The second is like it, ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ 40 On these two commandments depend the whole Law and the Prophets.”

    1 Peter 1:21-23 AMPC … Through Him you believe in (adhere to, rely on) God, Who raised Him up from the dead and gave Him honor and glory, so that your faith and hope are [centered and rest] in God. 22 Since by your obedience to the Truth through the [Holy] Spirit you have purified your hearts for the sincere affection of the brethren, [see that you] love one another fervently from a pure heart.  23 You have been regenerated (born again), not from a mortal origin (seed, sperm), but from one that is immortal by the ever living and lasting Word of God.

    1 John 5:2-3 … AMPC … By this we come to know (recognize and understand) that we love the children of God: when we love God and obey His commands (orders, charges)—[when we keep His ordinances and are mindful of His precepts and His teaching].
    3 For the [true] love of God is this: that we do His commands [keep His ordinances and are mindful of His precepts and teaching]. And these orders of His are not irksome (burdensome, oppressive, or grievous).

  • Love aims at Truth & shows how to speak Truth

    1 Corinthians 13:4-7 NKJV … Love endures long and is patient and kind; love never is envious nor boils over with jealousy, is not boastful or vainglorious, does not display itself haughtily. 5 It is not conceited (arrogant and inflated with pride{puffed up}); it is not rude (unmannerly) and does not act unbecomingly. Love (God’s love in us) does not insist on its own rights or its own way, for it is not self-seeking; it is not touchy or fretful or resentful; it takes no account of the evil done to it [it pays no attention to a suffered wrong]. 6 It does not rejoice at injustice and unrighteousness, but rejoices when right and truth prevail. 7 Love bears up under anything and everything that comes, is ever ready to believe the best of every person, its hopes are fadeless under all circumstances, and it endures everything [without weakening].

    Ephesians 4:15-16 NASB … but speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in all aspects into Him who is the head, even Christ, 16 from whom the whole body, being fitted and held together by what every joint supplies, according to the proper working of each individual part, causes the growth of the body for the building up of itself in love.

Problems occur when one is placed “higher”.

  • Truth without Love is “puffed up”

    1 Corinthians 8:1-3 NKJV … Now concerning things offered to idols: We know that we all have knowledge. Knowledge puffs up, but love edifies. 2 And if anyone thinks that he knows anything, he knows nothing yet as he ought to know. 3 But if anyone loves God, this one is known by Him.

  • Love without Truth is “puffed up”

    1 Corinthians 4:6-7 NKJV … Now these things, brethren, I have figuratively transferred to myself and Apollos for your sakes, that you may learn in us not to think beyond what is written, that none of you may be puffed up on behalf of one against the other. 7 For who makes you differ from another? And what do you have that you did not receive? Now if you did indeed receive it, why do you boast as if you had not received it?

 

 

Truth and Biblical Love

May 6, 2016
Without obeying the Truth through the Holy Spirit can there be any real/sincere biblical love for each other? For the Father and the Son?

1 Peter 1:21-23 AMPC … Through Him you believe in (adhere to, rely on) God, Who raised Him up from the dead and gave Him honor and glory, so that your faith and hope are [centered and rest] in God. 22 Since by your obedience to the Truth through the [Holy] Spirit you have purified your hearts for the sincere affection of the brethren, [see that you] love one another fervently from a pure heart.  23 You have been regenerated (born again), not from a mortal origin (seed, sperm), but from one that is immortal by the ever living and lasting Word of God.

From NetBible 1 Pe 1:22

  • NKJV … Since you have purified your souls in obeying the truth through the Spirit in sincere love of the brethren, love one another fervently with a pure heart
  • BBE … And as you have made your souls clean, being ruled by what is true, and loving one another without deceit, see that your love is warm and from the heart
  • sincere[505] = genuine, without hypocrisy
  • pure[2513] = clean
    – purified by fire
    – like a vine cleansed by pruning and so fitted to bear fruit
    – free from every admixture of what is false, sincere genuine
  • “having purified,” as the preparation for the love described in the second half of the verse.

John 14:6,23-24 … Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me. … Jesus answered and said to him, “If anyone loves Me, he will keep My word; and My Father will love him, and We will come to him and make Our home with him. He who does not love Me does not keep My words; and the word which you hear is not Mine but the Father’s who sent Me”.

From NetBible Jn 14:23

  • home[3438] = dwelling place, abode
    * to make an (one’s) abode
    * metaph. of the God the Holy Spirit indwelling believers
    *from Greek[3306] = residence

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Contending for the Faith not Doctrine??

May 4, 2016

My previous posts that posed 3 questions got this interesting response.

Regarding Contending for the faith: In Jude, we are exhorted to “contend for the faith” in his epistle  which was written “concerning our common salvation“. Question: are we instructed to contend over doctrines or with believers? We  “contend earnestly FOR the faith which was once for all delivered to the saints” in verse 3. Then verse 4 tells us why and with whom we must contend. It mentions those “who long ago were marked out for this condemnation

The above question assumes that in contending for the faith of a believer, doctrine should not be used. It’s about faith, not doctrine right? A little later the following scripture was used implying that doctrine divides and should not be used so as to protect our “common salvation” from division?

Romans 16:17-18 NKJV … Now I urge you, brethren, note those who cause divisions and offenses, contrary to the doctrine which you learned, and avoid them. 18 For those who are such do not serve our Lord Jesus Christ, but their own belly, and by smooth words and flattering speech deceive the hearts of the simple.

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My response to this:

Remember it’s not those contending for the truth who cause division – it’s those introducing heresy – false doctrine. In 2 Peter 2 we are not talking about simple disagreements – we are talking about heresy, disagreements over another Jesus, another spirit or another gospel. Contending for the faith over these brings the truth out in the open and preserves true unity. Refusing to bring the truth out in the open preserves the heresy – the error, the false unity.

  • 1 Timothy 4:16 NKJV …Take heed to yourself and to the doctrine. Continue in them, for in doing this you will save both yourself and those who hear you.
  • 1 John 4:1-6 NKJV … Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits, whether they are of God; because many false prophets have gone out into the world. 2 By this you know the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is of God, 3 and every spirit that does not confess that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is not of God. And this is the spirit of the Antichrist, which you have heard was coming, and is now already in the world.
    4 You are of God, little children, and have overcome them, because He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world. 5 They are of the world. Therefore they speak as of the world, and the world hears them. 6 We are of God. He who knows God hears us; he who is not of God does not hear us. By this we know the spirit of truth and the spirit of error.

Notice this qualification for an elder, it shows how error, false doctrine, false teachers etc are to be corrected …

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sound doctrine is used both to build up and to refute
  • Titus 1:9-11 AMPC … He must hold fast to the sure and trustworthy Word of God as he was taught it, so that he may be able both to give stimulating instruction and encouragement in sound (wholesome) doctrine and to refute and convict those who contradict and oppose it [showing the wayward their error]. 10 For there are many disorderly and unruly men who are idle (vain, empty) and misleading talkers and self-deceivers and deceivers of others. [This is true] especially of those of the circumcision party [who have come over from Judaism].11 Their mouths must be stopped, for they are mentally distressing and subverting whole families by teaching what they ought not to teach, for the purpose of getting base advantage and disreputable gain.

Let’s look at what the word “faith” means in Jude.

Jude 1:3-4 NASB …  Beloved, while I was making every effort to write you about our common salvation, I felt the necessity to write to you appealing that you contend earnestly for the faith which was once for all handed down to the saints. 4 For certain persons have crept in unnoticed, those who were long beforehand marked out for this condemnation, ungodly persons who turn the grace of our God into licentiousness and deny our only Master and Lord, Jesus Christ.

From NetBible Jude 1:3

  • * The term “faith” has a variety of meanings in the NT. Here, the faith refers to the doctrinal content embraced by believers rather than the act of believing. Rather than discuss the points of agreement that Jude would have with these believers, because of the urgency of the present situation he must assume that these believers were well grounded and press on to encourage them to fight for this common belief.
  • “common salvation” *Jude starts by affirming that the gospel the Gentiles had received from Paul was the same as the one the Jewish Christians had received from the other apostles (our common salvation). But in the midst of writing this letter, Jude felt that the present crisis deserved another, shorter piece. The crisis, as the letter reveals, is that the false teachers whom Peter prophesied have now infiltrated the church. The letter of Jude is thus an ad hoc letter, intended to confirm the truth of Peter’s letter and encourage the saints to ground their faith in the written documents of the nascent church, rather than listen to the twisted gospel of the false teachers. In large measure, the letter of Jude illustrates the necessity of clinging to the authority of scripture as opposed to those who claim to be prophets.
Contending for the faith is to be done with Truth – doctrine. Yes, sometimes this will cause division – division from error, false doctrine and people – false teachers and prophets. Some division is not bad, but necessary to preserve the “common salvation”, “unity of faith”.

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Related:
False Teachers and Motives{question 1}
Prophets claiming to be led by the Holy Spirit{question 2}
Discerning Truth from Error{question 3}

Discerning Truth from Error

April 30, 2016

1. Is one who teaches error with sincere motives a false teacher? False prophet?

2. Don’t false teachers/ prophets often claim and believe they are led by the Holy Spirit? How are you to discern?

The above questions from the last two posts led to this related question.

3. If two people profess to be taught by the Spirit and yet hold views on some scriptural passage or teaching/prophecy that contradict each other, how do you discern truth from error?

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Here is a summary of what has previously been discussed in the last two posts.

You can not judge error based on the teacher, the vessel delivering the error, no matter how sincere, good, trustworthy they appear. –2Co 11:13-15

We can not judge words/teaching by the presence of signs & wonders!  –Mt 7:21-23

Error can not be judged by someone’s claim to be led by the Holy Spirit, even if in the past they have a reputation of being led by the Holy Spirit, even if an angel appears and backs up their words! . –Gal 1:6-10

A true teacher encourages people to examine/search SCRIPTURE for themselves to see if what is being taught is truth.  Judge the words/teaching by SCRIPTURE. –Acts 17:11

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So if two people go through this process of examining and searching scripture, praying and being led by the Holy Spirit and still disagree? What are they to do? Some would say quit here and agree to disagree – is this biblical?

Sometimes it may be. Some may even say, this is a waste of time, we need only to focus on the great commission!

2 Corinthians 11:4 NASB … For if one comes and preaches another Jesus whom we have not preached, or you receive a different spirit which you have not received, or a different gospel which you have not accepted, you bear this beautifully.

The great commission is important, but if there is a disagreement about a teaching that involves a different Jesus, a different spirit or a different gospel this should be examined carefully. Otherwise which of these is really being preached by a body who has individuals within it holding different views on these?

Amos 3:3 AMPC … Do two walk together except they make an appointment and have agreed?

Consider the following scriptures.

Ephesians 4:12-16 NASB … [Christs’ intention was]for the equipping of the saints for the work of service, to the building up of the body of Christ; 13 until we all attain to the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a mature man, to the measure of the stature which belongs to the fullness of Christ. 14 As a result, we are no longer to be children, tossed here and there by waves and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, by craftiness in deceitful scheming; 15 but speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in all aspects into Him who is the head, even Christ, 16 from whom the whole body, being fitted and held together by what every joint supplies, according to the proper working of each individual part, causes the growth of the body for the building up of itself in love.

Hebrews 5:12-14 NASB … For though by this time you ought to be teachers, you have need again for someone to teach you the elementary principles of the oracles of God, and you have come to need milk and not solid food. 13 For everyone who partakes only of milk is not accustomed to the word of righteousness, for he is an infant. 14 But solid food is for the mature, who because of practice have their senses trained to discern good and evil.

Notice that both the above passages have to do with maturity and growing in maturity. They imply that ignoring this process of examining and searching the scriptures to see if what is taught is true, not only leaves one open to deception(being tossed to and fro) but leaves the body open as well.

Notice also from Ephesians 4 this process of of examining and searching the scriptures individually and corporately has to do with “unity of faith”. Unity based on something other than a shared view of truth through the Holy Spirit is not unity at all.

So the next step for these two people who do not agree after this process should be to go to the body. This is important not only for the two individuals involved but also for the developing and maintaining the “unity of faith” in the body.

The heresy spoken of in 2 Peter 2 can turn out for good, if we individually and corporately guard against it by this process of of examining and searching the scriptures individually and corporately through the Holy Spirit. This process not only exposes heresy, it reveals those who are “approved”.

1 Corinthians 11:18-19 (NASB … For, in the first place, when you come together as a church, I hear that divisions exist among you; and in part I believe it. 19 For there must also be factions among you, so that those who are approved may become evident among you.

2 Timothy 2:15 AMPC … Study and be eager and do your utmost to present yourself to God approved (tested by trial), a workman who has no cause to be ashamed, correctly analyzing and accurately dividing [rightly handling and skillfully teaching] the Word of Truth.

1 Timothy 4:16 AMPC … Look well to yourself [to your own personality] and to [your] teaching; persevere in these things [hold to them], for by so doing you will save both yourself and those who hear you.
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Discerning truth from error and what does this have to do with unity?

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Related:
False Teachers and Motives{question 1}
Prophets claiming to be led by the Holy Spirit{question 2}

Prophets claiming to be led by the Holy Spirit

April 28, 2016

Some think people with sincere motives will automatically know the truth and recognize a lie. This idea along with the previous post, led to this question.:)

Don’t false teachers/ prophets often claim and believe they are led by the Holy Spirit? How are you to discern?

There is an interesting account in 1 Kings 13 about a young prophet and an old prophet. It has some valuable lessons in it relating to what we are discussing.

Notice the motives of the young prophet – he was trying his best to obey the Lord – his motives are sincere. He passed the first “test” with flying colors.

1 Kings 13:6-10 NASB … The king said to the man of God, “Please entreat the Lord your God, and pray for me, that my hand may be restored to me.” So the man of God entreated the Lord, and the king’s hand was restored to him, and it became as it was before. 7 Then the king said to the man of God, “Come home with me and refresh yourself, and I will give you a reward.” 8 But the man of God said to the king, “If you were to give me half your house I would not go with you, nor would I eat bread or drink water in this place.9 For so it was commanded me by the word of the Lord, saying, ‘You shall eat no bread, nor drink water, nor return by the way which you came.’” 10 So he went another way and did not return by the way which he came to Bethel.

The old prophet hears of what the young prophet did and goes to find him. How did the old prophet convince the young one to disobey God’s word?

1 Kings 13:14-19 NASB … So he went after the man of God and found him sitting under an oak; and he said to him, “Are you the man of God who came from Judah?” And he said, “I am.” 15 Then he said to him, “Come home with me and eat bread.” 16 He said, “I cannot return with you, nor go with you, nor will I eat bread or drink water with you in this place. 17 For a command came to me by the word of the Lord, ‘You shall eat no bread, nor drink water there; do not return by going the way which you came.’” 18 He said to him, “I also am a prophet like you, and an angel spoke to me by the word of the Lord, saying, ‘Bring him back with you to your house, that he may eat bread and drink water.’” But he lied to him.19 So he went back with him, and ate bread in his house and drank water.

Notice again the young prophets desire to obey the Lord. His motives tho being sincere did not protect him from seeing that the old prophet was lying.

How did the old prophet convince the young one to disobey God’s word? => “I am a prophet like you”

The “old” prophet probably had a reputation of being a prophet of the Lord. The young prophet trusted that they both had the Spirit of the Lord and so thought it was OK to eat & drink with him.

Notice also that the old prophet claims an angel gave him the word to bring the young prophet back to eat & drink. Giving seemingly further proof that he. the old prophet was speaking for the Lord.

Error can not be judged by someone’s claim to be led by the Holy Spirit, even if in the past they have a reputation of being led by the Holy Spirit, even if an angel appears and backs up their words!

Galatians 1:6-10 NASB … I am amazed that you are so quickly deserting Him who called you by the grace of Christ, for a different gospel; 7 which is really not another; only there are some who are disturbing you and want to distort the gospel of Christ. 8 But even if we, or an angel from heaven, should preach to you a gospel contrary to what we have preached to you, he is to be accursed! 9 As we have said before, so I say again now, if any man is preaching to you a gospel contrary to what you received, he is to be accursed! 10 For am I now seeking the favor of men, or of God? Or am I striving to please men? If I were still trying to please men, I would not be a bond-servant of Christ.

Look what happens to the young prophet who judged by something other than the Lord’s words.

1 Kings 13:26 NASB … Now when the {old}prophet who brought him back from the way heard it, he said, “It is the man of God, who disobeyed the command of the Lord; therefore the Lord has given him to the lion, which has torn him and killed him, according to the word of the Lord which He spoke to him.”

Notice here that the old prophet speaks the truth, a truth he spoke before it came to pass – while he ate & drank with the young prophet.

1 Kings 13:20-22 NASB … Now it came about, as they were sitting down at the table, that the word of the Lord came to the prophet who had brought him back; 21 and he cried to the man of God who came from Judah, saying, “Thus says the Lord, ‘Because you have disobeyed the command of the Lord, and have not observed the commandment which the Lord your God commanded you, 22 but have returned and eaten bread and drunk water in the place of which He said to you, “Eat no bread and drink no water”; your body shall not come to the grave of your fathers.’

The old prophet speaks both truth and lies
=> his words need to be tested/judged against God’s words every time he speaks.

Another interesting thing to ponder – in death both the body of the young prophet and the old were buried in the same grave  => maybe because the same lie “buried” them both???

1 Kings 13:29-31 NASB … So the prophet took up the body of the man of God and laid it on the donkey and brought it back, and he came to the city of the old prophet to mourn and to bury him. 30 He laid his body in his own grave, and they mourned over him, saying, “Alas, my brother!” 31 After he had buried him, he spoke to his sons, saying, “When I die, bury me in the grave in which the man of God is buried; lay my bones beside his bones.
 

Related:
False Teachers and Motives{previous post}


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