The Spirit Of Truth
“However when He, the Spirit of truth has come, He will guide you into all truth; for He will not speak on His own authority, but whatever He hears He will speak; and He will tell you things to come. He will glorify Me, for He will take of what is of Mine and declare it to you. All things that the Father has are Mine. Therefore I said that he will take of Mine and declare it to you.” John 16:13-15. NKJV. We know according to 1 Corinthians 14:33 that “God is not the author of confusion, but of peace, as in all churches of the saints.” Jesus told us how we would recognize the Spirit of Truth and the spirit of error. First off, He will guide you into all truth. Jesus is the way, the truth, and the life. John 14:6. So the Holy Spirit will guide us into the truth about Jesus. Jesus also prayed to the Father for His disciples to be sanctified through the truth. “Thy word is truth.” John 17:17. So the Holy Spirit will guide us to the truth of the written word of God. Thirdly, the Holy Spirit will tell us things to come that will in context glorify Jesus. He will take of what is Jesus’ and declare it to you.
I want to say that I love the person and work of the Holy Spirit. I am very careful to not jump on every bandwagon of what everyone labels a “move of God”. I simply go to the Holy Spirit and speak with Him. I follow the peace He gives me in my heart about a particular situation, or person, or event or a lack of peace. I always ask Him to direct me and guide me to His word concerning these issues. Psalm 119:105, “Thy word is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path.” There are people that are my friends in Christ and partners in ministry. I will forever be faithful and loyal to the relationship we have with one another. I also have a responsibility to my consecration and commitment to my Heavenly Father and my Lord Jesus Christ to uphold the truth of God and His word. If there is one that takes precedence over the other, it is my consecration to Him and His word and I don’t think I have to give up my loyalty to the other.
Another matter of importance stressed by Jesus concerning the discerning of truth is the fruit produced. In particular, the fruit produced by those influencing the mass of spirit-hungry souls. Matthew 7:15-20, Jesus addressed the true and false prophets and said, “Ye shall know them (the true or false prophet) by their fruit. I don’t believe you can judge an individual leader by the effect his or her ministry has on people. The leader could be sound theologically, biblically and in operation of the Holy Spirit, but people can get in the flesh, act out and get off. However, I do believe the leader should bear the fruit of the Spirit as mentioned in Galatians 5. I believe his or her lifestyle should line up with 1 Timothy 3:1-7, the qualifications of overseers. Should a leader fall, I believe in restoration. Most of all, that leader should teach and guide other people into the truth of God’s word and point to and glorify Jesus as Christ himself outlined in John 14, 15, and 16. I realize that to be effective like Christ, we must know and experience the Holy Spirit as Jesus did. Anything less is unacceptable.