The Perpetual Dimness In Your Spiritual Discernment

See in a mirror dimlyYour discernment is always cloudy and will always be cloudy until you are in heaven with God.  Your spikes of spiritual understanding are only as good as your right interpretation and application of the scriptures which He breathed out for the church.

Any discernment that arises which is contrary to the scriptures must therefore be a result of a faulty interpretation.  It’s simple, if you interpret any given scripture to make it contradict any other scripture, then not only is your interpretation wrong, but any discernment based on that faulty interpretation as well. 

 The Apostles said as much.  Paul says, Now we see things imperfectly, like puzzling reflections in a mirror, but then we will see everything with perfect clarity. All that I know now is partial and incomplete, but then I will know everything completely, just as God now knows me completely.”  1 Corinthians 13:12

 Peter said, “And we have the word of the prophets made more certain, and you will do well to pay attention to it, as to a light shining in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts. Above all, you must understand that no prophecy of Scripture came about by the prophet’s own interpretation.  For prophecy never had its origin in the will of man, but men spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit.” 2 Peter 1:19,20,21 

Words of Peter & Paul in Red because they’re Jesus words too. 

Your leadings, guidings, spiritual perceptions, and discernment’s are all “carried along” and enlightened by the Holy Spirit according to His word (logos) as contained in the Bible.  Both Peter and Paul knew they were writing authoritatively on behalf of Jesus by the power of the Holy Spirit.  The scriptures and the logos are synonymous in the above passage.  The Bible is the light that makes interpretation and application possible.  It is the anti-fogger for our spiritual discernment.  The fog must continually be wiped away.  The pilot light goes out often and we need to keep relighting it.   

Sara Singleton, in a recent Lausanne World Pulse article wrote:

“We are insensitive to the presence of God and need continual awakening to his voice and initiatives (Hebrews 4:7-13)

None of us will ever be able to say that our spiritual discernment is 100% correct.  This however does not mean that we’re left to hopeless skepticism and egregious existentialism.  We always have the light-giving logos (scriptures) given by the Spirit as our authoritative guide. A child of God, with unveiled face, beholds the glory of the Lord, and  is being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another. For this comes from the Lord who is the Spirit. (2 Corinthians 3:18)

0 thoughts on “The Perpetual Dimness In Your Spiritual Discernment

  1. Marshall says:

    this post is, in short form, core of organized religion’s message to enable control; to deny “Christ in you”, or, at least to deny Him by a large factor. There’s is to remove the faith of men like Peter, John and Paul, from men of faith today; to delimit Christ from all men (though Jesus of Nazareth also came as a man).

    “It’s simple, if you interpret any given scripture to make it contradict any other scripture, then not only is your interpretation wrong, but any discernment based on that faulty interpretation as well.”

    This premise is itself faulty, being based in western philosophy of “no apparent contradictions possible”. Yet, do not the Scriptures teach us sound contradictions apparent? i.e., to gain you must lose. The western mind is poised to dismiss the incarnation of Christ.

    • David Woods says:

      Well said Marshall.

    • Miguel says:

      Marshall,

      Thanks for your comment. If the truth sets people free, then how can this concept be controlling?

      I reject the notion that those who are being transformed in the renewing of their minds can be stuck in any thought pattern, western or otherwise. Romans 12:2 Colossians 1:9 etc.

      I’m simply saying that discernment is always based on truth and none of us have it correct all the time. It is Christ in all of us corporately that corrects.

      Further, it is not apparent contradiction that my quote speaks of, it’s the law of non-contradiction.

  2. Marshall says:

    Miguel, is your understanding of “truth” limited to what you are able to understand today?

    What is spiritual, is spiritual. In Christ, we forsake vows to the thesis proposing man’s philosophy and science/logic (including the law of non-contradiction) as supreme. To walk on with/in Christ, these man-made systems need be left within the scope by which they were crafted.

    Miguel, you write in reply, “I reject the notion that those who are being transformed in the renewing of their minds can be stuck in any thought pattern, western or otherwise.”

    “stuck”, as such was Simon Peter mired in fear of the circumcision. [Galatians 2:11-21] Fear is often premised in reason, though it be contrary to Christ. Do we not understand how many are afraid to say that the science and reason of our age is itself untrustworthy?

    Yet, whether a man’s mind has been transformed & renewed in Christ, surely God knows. Exactly when was Peter’s mind renewed? And yet, his truly was.

    • Miguel says:

      Marshall,

      Truth stands apart from my understanding of it. If I were to never exist, the truth would still. How I, or anyone, interacts and applies that truth is something else entirely. Here’s an interesting piece from Gordon Clark. For the most part, I happen to agree with him.

      Logic Is God

      It is to be hoped that these remarks on the relation between God and truth will be seen as pertinent to the discussion of logic. In any case, the subject of logic can be more clearly introduced by one more Scriptural reference. The well-known prologue to John’s Gospel may be paraphrased, “In the beginning was Logic, and Logic was with God, and Logic was God…. In logic was life and the life was the light of men.”

      This paraphrase-in fact, this translation-may not only sound strange to devout ears, it may even sound obnoxious and offensive. But the shock only measures the devout person’s distance from the language and thought of the Greek New Testament. Why it is offensive to call Christ Logic, when it does not offend to call him a word, is hard to explain. But such is often the case. Even Augustine, because he insisted that God is truth, has been subjected to the anti-intellectualistic accusation of “reducing” God to a proposition. At any rate, the strong intellectualism of the word Logos is seen in its several possible translations: to wit, computation, (financial) accounts, esteem, proportion and (mathematical) ratio, explanation, theory or argument, principle or law, reason, formula, debate, narrative, speech, deliberation, discussion, oracle, sentence, and wisdom.

      Any translation of John 1:1 that obscures this emphasis on mind or reason is a bad translation. And if anyone complains that the idea of ratio or debate obscures the personality of the second person of the Trinity, he should alter his concept of personality. In the beginning, then, was Logic.

      That Logic is the light of men is a proposition that could well introduce the section after next on the relation of logic to man. But the thought that Logic is God will bring us to the conclusion of the present section. Not only do the followers of Bernard entertain suspicions about logic, but also even more systematic theologians are wary of any proposal that would make an abstract principle superior to God. The present argument, in consonance with both Philo and Charnock, does not do so. The law of contradiction is not to betaken as an axiom prior to or independent of God. The law is God thinking.

      For this reason also the law of contradiction is not subsequent to God. If one should say that logic is dependent on God’s thinking, it is dependent only in the sense that it is the characteristic of God’s thinking. It is not subsequent temporally, for God is eternal and there was never a time when God existed without thinking logically. One must not suppose that God’s will existed as an inert substance before he willed to think.

      As there is no temporal priority, so also there is no logical or analytical priority. Not only was Logic the beginning, but Logic was God. If this unusual translation of John’s Prologue still disturbs someone, he might yet allow that God is his thinking. God is not a passive or potential substratum; he is actuality or activity. This is the philosophical terminology to express the Biblical idea that God is a living God. Hence logic is to be considered as the activity of God’s willing.

      Peter was only temporarily stuck. Paul brought him around to Christ’s way of thinking. That only serves to illustrate my point better. A Christlike mind is “always” transforming, but never fully transformed.”

  3. Marshall says:

    If philosophers could lead men in Truth, we would not need the Spirit sent by the Father to come alongside and teach us all things? These men, such as Gordon Clark and many others still, have busied themselves at reverse-engineering YHWH by sampling things known about Him and building a system around those samples processed through human thought. Children often do similar with adult things that are yet too great for their present age. Interpolating “logic” as “logos” being akin to encompassing our planetary solar system by heralding a wire & plastic model on the table.
    No, YHWH’s children shall not be naming “Logic” as their Father; neither is Christ in Logic. The Almighty One has never taken to confinement by men within a “logical” box.
    There is much by the acts of the Father, the Son, and the Spirit, which (if we be intellectually honest) is not conforming to the logic system(s) of men. Are we still too dim to hear Isaiah 55:8-9?

    Miguel, you have written:
    “A Christlike mind is ‘always’ transforming, but never fully transformed.”

    Ahh, you’re thinking logically again!? Without the renewed mind of Christ, Simon Peter is left standing outside the Kingdom of God. Philosophy & religious systems may be delighted to think it, while their reasoned position actually condemns each man with his family.

    We appeal to God on your behalf, so that faith and grace and restoration in Christ may be received by you in full.

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