Discerning Between Truth and Error

“As also in all his epistles, speaking in them of these things; in which are some things hard to be understood, which they that are unlearned and unstable wrest, as they do also the other scriptures, unto their own destruction.” – 2 Peter‬ ‭3:16‬ ‭

In this passage many who had once heard and believed the truth spoken to them by the very Spirit of Truth (who is the Holy Spirit), either directly to their own hearts or through the mouths of the Prophets and Apostles were now beginning to doubt and turn away from what they once heard and believed because of “mockers” (as Peter called them). Because of this, the Apostle Peter gives a very real and insightful warning to all believers. 

First he warns you to open up, read, and learn the Scriptures for yourself and not to listen to what man may tell you it says. For if you do not know what it really says for yourself then when men claim to preach it or teach it, you will know not if they or mimicking it, mutilating it, or mocking it. 

Furthermore, Peter makes it very clear that if any man tells you not to believe any part of scripture then they are being led of an other spirit; not the Holy Spirit, but the Spirit of error. You see, men had come in and they preached much of the gospel correctly as it had been laid out yet in this one area they did not believe the scriptures, therefore did Peter conclude that they were ministering by a different spirit and causing men to be led away from their steadfastness in the faith, for you can not have faith in Jesus (who spoke the word and is the word) if you do not believe the words which He spoke.

“Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come.” – John‬ ‭16:13‬ ‭

“We are of God: he that knoweth God heareth us; he that is not of God heareth not us. Hereby know we the spirit of truth, and the spirit of error.” – 1 John‬ ‭4:6

The second thing that Peter makes clear after instructing you to be learned in the word of God is to recognize that those who are unlearned will be unstable and will wrestle with the truth. Why? Because they cannot discern between what the Holy Spirit is trying to tell them and what the enemy is speaking to them. After all, we wrestle not against flesh and blood but against principalities and powers, therefore if there is a struggle or wrestling within you over anything it is because of the lies and influence of the enemy. In other words it is against an evil spirit which is coming against the will and leading of the Holy Spirit. So treat it as such, take authority, rebuke the enemy, and stand your ground (Even as Jesus did) with those three powerful Words… “It is written”.

“A double minded man is unstable in all his ways.” – James‬ ‭1:8‬ ‭

The word translated to “double minded” in this verse in the Greek is “dipsychos” which means “two-spirited“, or to be led by more then one spirit. Therefore, we see that when Peter said that they were unstable because they were unlearned, he was saying that they were listening to an other spirit that was contradicting the Holy Spirit because they had not learned the voice of the Shepherd or His words for themselves, therefor where they easily confused by the spirit of error and could not tell between the two.

“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.” – 1 Corinthians‬ ‭2:12-14‬ 

So in conclusion, the Holy Spirit will lead you into all truth if you seek and trust Him, it is not something that can be obtained by carnal knowledge but by the leading and teaching and voice of the Holy Spirit of God. Yet there is a spirit of error in the world also which is the spirit of the world, that old devil, who will contradict the teachings of the Holy Spirit of God in part or in whole, calling them foolish with scoffing and mockery. Therefore, must you come to God in prayer, ask the Holy Spirit to teach you, open up the word of God yourself, by faith believe what He says, and stand firm on it. No matter what the devil does or says, or who he says it through, stand fast on the Word of God and listen to the Spirit of Truth.

“As also in all his epistles, speaking in them of these things; in which are some things hard to be understood, which they that are unlearned and unstable wrest, as they do also the other scriptures, unto their own destruction. Ye therefore, beloved, seeing ye know these things before, beware lest ye also, being led away with the error of the wicked, fall from your own stedfastness. But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and for ever. Amen.” – 2 Peter‬ ‭3:16-18‬ ‭

“Let us labour therefore to enter into that rest, lest any man fall after the same example of unbelief. For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.” – Hebrews‬ ‭4:11-12‬ ‭

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4 thoughts on “Discerning Between Truth and Error

  1. I was in the middle of a battle with a Jezebel and
    her tricks to deceive me for her own gain. The words of wisdom written here was just sword I was looking for.
    Thanks for helping.

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