The Spirit of truth and the spirit of error

leopard-253688_6401John 3:6: We are from God. Whoever knows God listens to us; whoever is not from God does not listen to us. By this we know the Spirit of truth and the spirit of error.

Jesus is truth (John 14:6) and he is the standard by which truth is measured, and it was in a discussion about him, about his nature that we are warned against the spirit of error. The mission of the spirit of error is to distract us from the will of God.

In the Garden of Eden we see the manifestation of the spirit of error (Genesis 3). The serpent manifested as that spirit or error, introducing inside Eve a wrong image of God. Even now we need to watch out for the spirit of error. Paul warned that in the last days there will be seducing spirits and doctrine of demons (1Timothy 4:1).

The devil is in a battle against the truth. He attempted to shake Eve’s assurance in the word of God, saying, “Did God say….?”

In the temptation of Jesus, the devil also applied the word (Luke 4:1-13), but in a deceptive sense. That is why Paul said that the letter kills but the spirit gives life (2Corinthians 3:6).

We need the Holy Spirit to help us get into the word. The word of truth communicates the very life of God, and Jesus said that his words are spirit and life (John 6:63), and he used his words to release healing to the people who needed it (Matthew 8:8-16).

The spirit of error also communicates death. When Eve was hooked by the spirit of error the end of it was death. It is very important that we get into the truth and stay there and not be shaken from the stand of our conviction.

Our words also should not convey deception, leading people to the wrong conclusion because we are representative of truth. Truth is power.

The bible says we shall know the truth and that will make us free (John 8:32); conversely errors, lies deception of the devil will put us into bondage, and Christ has not called us into bondage but into freedom (Romans 8:15), to be released as light.

And it is those who know their God who will be strong and do exploits (Daniel 11:32). You need to know him as he is, in truth and not as you assume he is, or you want him to be, not setting God in our own image.

The primary way through which we encounter God is through his word. His words stands for his way, his light. A psalmist says that he has hidden God’s word in his heart so that he will not sin against him (Psalm 119:9, 11). In another place he said that the word of God is lamp to his feet and light to his path (Psalm 119:105).

The word of God illuminates, and the kingdom we are taken from when we believe in Jesus and in which everyone else on the earth is the kingdom of darkness, and we are brought to the kingdom of light, to be emissaries of light, everywhere we go, through us Paul says that God makes the fragrance of his knowledge manifest (2Corinthians 2:14).

The devil came to Jesus as a spirit of error, so do not think because you are a Christian the devil will leave you alone. There are doctrines of devils. They may sound okay, even intellectual, or having to do with ascetism, or legalism, but they are all different ways the devil masquerades as agents of light (2Corinthians 11:14). Jesus was very bold to say that the Jews were children of the devil, because they did not believe in him (John 8:32-50), not because they did not have a semblance of him.

The only way to escape is to constantly renew our minds (Romans 12:2) and not presume that whatever comes to our mind is truth, as if we are God. Even Jesus did not do that.

Peter spoke to Jesus authoritatively that he should perish the thought of going to the cross (Matthew 16:21-23). Even though that was a reasonable thought, Jesus treated it as a manifestation of the spirit of error, saying: get behind me Satan.

There are groups pushing other doctrines now different from what Paul preached. The point is: because someone speaks authoritatively does not mean it is truth. Miracles is not the ultimate test of truth. Before Philip came to Samaria with the gospel of Jesus Christ (Acts 8), there was one Simon the sorcerer who wowed the people with miracles (which the bible refers to as lying wonders [2Thessalonians 2:9]), using another spirit (2Corinthians 11:4).

Similarly, revelations does not equate to truth. Paul wrote about some people who were puffed up about things they claim to have seen supernaturally (Colossians 2:18), which they then want to push down our throat as gospel truth.

And because something is derived from the bible does not mean it is true. The devil quoted two verses of the bible to get Jesus to do the wrong thing (1Thessalonians 5:21). So because you can quote bible to defend your position does not mean it is the truth. In addition, because you feel strongly about something, and have been doing it for a long time (with some result) does not mean it is truth.

Jesus is the door to truth, because he is the way and the truth. The Holy Spirit is the spirit of truth (John 16:13), but because a spirit tells you, or an angel tells you something does not mean it is truth; we still needed to test the spirits to know if they are of God.

Whatever thoughts comes to your mind, test it, know that you are responsible for the truth you hold to. Because it occurred to you does not mean you should run with it. Judge it. Also because something is new does not mean it is truth. We need to engage in truth constantly and doggedly, re-establish our convictions in the things we know and only moving to new things after we have done due diligence is ensuring we have tested all things and hold fast to what is true.

And the evidence of truth is changed lives, if your life is not changing, then there is truth deficiency. The man described in the first chapter of the book of psalms was said to meditate on the word of God day and night, and the evidence is that his life was changed. He became like a tree planted by rivers of rivers of water.


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