Heb 5:11-14; Gen 3:4-6; Gen 2:7-9, 15-18; Col 2:1-4; Mat 7:13-14; Rom 8:2.
ROMANS-442-121021 - length: 76:31 - taught on Oct, 21 2012
The Doctrine of Spiritual Gifts
Developing the capacity you need to function effectively in your spiritual gift.
What is discernment?
Why do we need to have discernment?
How do I get spiritual discernment?
All discernment is performed by the Holy Spirit, using the tools of Bible doctrine already tested and found in the soul, under the exercise of one’s priesthood.
But solid food [advanced doctrine] is for the [spiritually] mature, who because of practice [learning and obeying God’s word again and again]…
…have their senses trained [have vigorously exercised their souls and human spirits by applying God’s word under the guidance of the Holy Spirit] …
…to discern good and evil [resulting in discernment both of the genuine and the counterfeit].
The Lord God provided perfectly for man’s body, soul, and spirit.
GEN 2:9 Out of the ground the Lord God caused to grow every tree that is pleasing to the sight [true soul stimulation] and good for food [true nourishment for the body]; the tree of life [true food for the human spirit] also in the midst of the garden, and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.
There is an exact parallel between what satan said and what the woman saw.
You surely shall not die……..… this tree is good for food
Your eyes will be opened…….
this is a delight to the eyes
You will be like God, knowing good and evil…..
this tree is desirable to make me wise
And as is so often the case, she starts to fantasize that the forbidden fruit is so much more wonderful that that the permitted fruit.
Body - good for food
Soul - delight to the eyes
Spirit - desirable to make me wise
It was the tree of the KNOWLEDGE of good and evil. It was a system of thinking.
God’s life is to be preferred over knowledge.
The life of God is one thing that satan can’t counterfeit.
The world will use arguments that sound persuasive in order to try to wrestle your soul away from the simplicity of devotion to Christ.