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"Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the spirit which is of God; that we might know the things that are freely given to us of God. Which things also we speak, not in the words which man's wisdom teacheth, but which the Holy Ghost teacheth; comparing spiritual things with spiritual. But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned." I Corinthians 2:12
It is painfully evident from what we call the Church today that true spiritual discernment is all but a lost gift. She is a blinded Church who professes to know God yet never seeks Him out in scripture. The Church can no longer stomach the pure truth so they have "changed the truth of God into a lie" because they could "not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts heaped to themselves teachers, having itching ears" (Romans 1:25; II Timothy 4:3) If this were not so, why is it today that we have so many distorted versions of the Bible that misrepresent God? Why is it that the devil has fought so hard to destroy the pure Word of God?
I'll tell you why, the pure Word of God is our key to spiritual discernment. Our only means to differentiate between what is God and what is not God. It is our ability to see issues clearly. John said, "Believe not every spirit, but try (discern) the spirits whether they are of God..." To try means to test or measure, but by what system do we measure by? There is but one, the pure Word of God, more specifically, Jesus Christ. Christ is the spiritual primer to discernment.
Jesus said in Luke's gospel, "Woe unto you, lawyers! for ye have taken away the key of knowledge: ye entered not in yourselves, and them that were entering in ye hindered." A key unlocks, in this case it unlocks knowledge. The knowledge of God Himself. Hosea said, "My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge..." Sounds like we are there again, destroyed due to our lack of knowledge. Oh we are smart, just not the right kind of smart. "Ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth." We have thrown out the only source of spiritual knowledge, the pure Word of God. We've thrown out Christ, the key to knowledge, by misrepresenting Him to a lost world.
One of the single greatest verses in the Bible is, "And the Word was made flesh..." (John 1:14). This Word was in the beginning, He created all things, then He came to earth and became flesh. Why? To show us the way to God. "I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me." (John 14:6) This makes Christ our spiritual primer, our key, our very means to know God and all that God is. Our heavenly Father said, "This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased; hear ye him." (Matthew 17:5) We would do well to obey Him.
So how does this relate to spiritual discernment? Because God is light and all besides is darkness. God is also a spirit, and unless you walk in the spirit you cannot see (understand) what is light what is darkness. In the natural world everything is basically grey, i.e. every man doing what is right in his own eyes. There is no rule to gauge what is right or wrong and if you watch the news, you know our laws and politicians are just as grey.
Paul told the Colossian church that in Christ, "are hid all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge". Christ is not only the primer or key to knowledge, but is as a direct result, the primer or key to discernment. He is the rule that we gauge light from darkness, right from wrong, and truth from the lie. More to the point, the great Charles Spurgeon said, "Discernment is not a matter of simply telling the difference between right and wrong; rather it is telling the difference between right and almost right." With the church so full of half truths and white lies, now is the time for true spiritual discernment.
So how do we obtain spiritual discernment? Paul tells us, "Be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God." (Romans 12:2) Transform your mind by the pure knowledge of God. This pure knowledge has a name, He is Jesus Christ, the living Word of God.