2012-11-11 - The Spirit's Role in Discerning's God's Truth
The Epistles of John ~ Part 73 ~ 1 John
"The test itself appears to hinge on the words "that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh." The false prophets may well have believed that Christ was the Savior of the world, but they probably denied the connection between the divine Christ with Jesus of Nazareth. At least they clearly denied that "the Christ" ever had come "in the flesh." This denial makes them not only precursors of Gnosticism but also of Docetism. The confession John urges speaks not only against those heresies but against any form of adoptionism as well. The clause "that Jesus Christ has come" reflects the author's clear view of the preexistence of the Son, who came from the Father and from the moment of his historical birth was Jesus Christ in the flesh.
How does this confession give evidence of the Spirit? For John, as for Paul, the truth of the Christian gospel is hid (sic) from the world (cf. 1Cor 2:7-16)." 1
"No, we speak of God's secret wisdom, a wisdom that has been hidden and that God
The Spirit searches all things, even the deep things of God. For who among men knows the thoughts of a man, except the man's spirit within him? In the same way, no one knows the thoughts of God except the Spirit of God. We have not received the spirit of the world - but the Spirit who is from God - that we may understand what God has freely given us. This is what we speak, not in words taught us by human wisdom, but in words taught by the Spirit, expressing spiritual truths in spiritual words. The man without the Spirit does not accept the things that come from the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him, and he cannot understand them, because they are spiritually discerned. The spiritual man makes judgments about all things, but he himself is not subject to any man's judgment:
"For who has known the mind of the Lord that he may instruct him? But we have the mind of Christ" (1 Corinthians 2:7-16).
To be continued.