Perfect discernment is displayed by God and Jesus Christ. Evil spirits also have discernment, about the person and work of Christ. Discernment has been evident in the rulers and spiritual leaders of God’s people, but Israel, like children and the foolish who lack judgment, failed to discern God’s purpose and truth.
2Ki 4:9See alsoJn 4:19,42 1Ki 22:19-23 pp 2Ch 18:18-22Micaiah discerns that a lying spirit is responsible for false prophecy. See alsoJer 23:16-22 Jeremiah knows that the false prophets’message is not from God; Ac 5:3 Peter is aware of the deception of Ananias and Sapphira; Ac 8:23 Peter discerns the true condition of Simon’s heart; Ac 16:18 Paul discerns the spiritual source of a girl’s fortune-telling ability.
Dictionary of Bible Themes Scripture index copyright Martin H. Manser, 2009. As Editor, Martin Manser wishes to thank all those who compiled or edited the NIV Thematic Study Bible, on which this work is based.
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