Spiritual Gifts part 177: The Bible presents the Word of God as seed.
October 9, 2011
Spiritual Gifts Part 177: The Bible uses seed as a metaphor for the Word of God.
The Doctrine of Spiritual Gifts
Point 3: What is a “Spiritual Gift”?
What is discernment?
Discernment is being able to determine what is coming from the thinking of Christ and what is coming from doctrines of demons, 1Ti 4:1.
The source of things, the seed, is a kind of wisdom, a kind of doctrine.
We can have the power to discern the thoughts in our own soul, but we do not get the ability to directly discern thoughts in other people’s souls.
The Bible says that, ultimately, only God can discern a person’s heart. Pro 21:2;
When it comes to spiritual discernment, the Lord tells us that the way to know the real source of things is by examining the fruit.
In Rom 7:4-5, Paul tells us that there are two opposite kinds of fruit from two opposite sources.
A person is either bearing fruit for God or bearing fruit for death.
The first thing the Bible tells us about fruit is that fruit has seed inside.
The seeds inside the fruit are after the same kind as the seed that originally went into the ground.
Fruit is defined as the seed-bearing part of a plant or tree.
The ripened ovary of a seed-bearing plant , containing the seeds and occurring in a wide variety of forms.
“The world” is a system of thinking, based on deception, that opposes the Lord God and exalts self, yet never truly satisfies, and results in death.
The Bible uses seed as a metaphor for the word of God.
In 1Pe 1:23, the seed is the living and enduring word of God. Here that word is clearly the Gospel message.
The kingdom of darkness sows bad seed, as the Lord Jesus tells us in the parable of Mat 13:24-30.