Known in the Spirit
Daily Devotional for April 27th
Wherefore henceforth know we no man after the flesh: yea, though we have known Christ after the flesh, yet now henceforth know we him no more. Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new. 2 Corinthians 5:16-17
One of the greatest things the child of God needs today is discernment. Without it, we are bound to be deceived. Our eyes must be opened to what the Holy Spirit is showing us and our ears tuned to what the Spirit is saying. When it comes to people we worship with or even people in our family, there is a temptation to accept people either as Christians or as led by the Spirit. This assumption has caused great harm and error.
Even though as Christians we are to accept people in unconditional love, it doesn’t mean that we are to believe they are genuine. The bible teaches us that we are to know one another by the Spirit. In Romans, Paul teaches us that The Spirit itself will bear witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God. Romans 8:16. This means that, even though someone says they are a Christian, the Spirit will reveal the truth and will bear witness. It also means that a deceiver cannot hide from the Spirit’s discerning.
How many times has someone attempted to instruct you in spiritual things and there was a witness of the Spirit either confirming their words, or else warning you of their error? As Paul wrote to the Corinthians, his desire was to make them aware of error that would come and how they could be prepared for it. He declared that God will show unto them if an apostle, preacher, teacher, or anyone else was of God or not.
Jesus said we need to be wise as serpents when we walk through this world. When we listen to men preach, teach and exhort in the word of God, do we automatically accept them as ministers of God? The Spirit of God is here to guide us into all truth. We must learn to know people in the Spirit. Have you taken council from someone and found it to be a mistake? Ask the Lord to give you the witness of His Spirit. No longer can we afford to know men only after the flesh.