Friday, July 30, 2010

Higher Authority: Word of God or the Holy Spirit?

If the Holy Spirit leads in a different direction than the Word of God, which one do you follow?

How is the Word of God described? It is a "...lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path" (Psalm 119:105). Also, that "...Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God" (Matthew 4:4). And, "All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works" (2 Timothy 3:16-17).

How is the Holy Spirit described? What do we know of Him? Speaking about the Holy Spirit, Jesus himself says "...he shall not speak of himself..." (John 16:13), but that "He shall glorify me..." (John 16:14). Jesus also said the Holy Spirit, "...whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you" (John 14:26).

The Word of God is the direct commandment from God. In life it is our lamp, our subsistence, our source for doctrine, reproof, correction and instruction in righteousness. The Holy Spirit, not having his own agenda, works in conjunction with the Word of God to glorify God, not himself. Contrary to false doctrine, the leading of the Holy Spirit will never contradict the Word of God.

If the Holy Spirit leads in a different direction than the Word of God, which one do you follow?

The situation suggested in this question is impossible. If the spirit leading you is taking you in a different direction than the Word of God, that spirit is neither holy nor of God.

1 comment:

lively4Jesus said...

Great food for thought & soul.

it brought these Scriptures to mind:

"JESUS said to them "MY food is to do The Will of HIM who sent ME and to finish HIS work." John 4:34

"Beloved do not believe every spirit but test the spirits whether they are of GOD; because many false prophets have gone out into the world." 1 John 4:1

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