The word of God living in us is to become the means by which we discern and appraise all things. There is a gift of the Holy Spirit, the discerning of spirits, that is listed in 1st Cor. 12. This gift of discernment is not the same thing as the discernment that comes by the living word of God abiding in us. The gift of discerning of spirits can come to anyone, anytime, according to the need. The discernment which comes through the living word abiding in us only comes as the word becomes a part of us, inseparable from our own spirits. It is created through the fires of God sealing His word in us. It is us becoming the word.
How does this discernment work? It is not evaluating things on a mental level based upon what we know in the Scriptures. It is the word coming alive in us, and it enables us to see what is otherwise unseen.
1st Cor. 2:
12 Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, so that we may know the things freely given to us by God,
13 which things we also speak, not in words taught by human wisdom, but in those taught by the Spirit, combining spiritual thoughts with spiritual words.
14 But a natural man does not accept the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; and he cannot understand them, because they are spiritually appraised.
15 But he who is spiritual appraises all things, yet he himself is appraised by no one.
16 For WHO HAS KNOWN THE MIND OF THE LORD, THAT HE WILL INSTRUCT HIM? But we have the mind of Christ.
The word abiding in us gives us the capacity to appraise all things. The word in us becomes the standard by which all things are judged and measured. When the living word of Christ is abiding in us, we readily see the contrast between the things of the Adamic realm and the realm of Spirit. As Paul said, we come to appraise all things. This is not an ego trip based upon what we think we know. It is seeing through the lens of Christ’s word in us.
In this hour much emphasis has been given to the necessity to spiritually see. Much has been said and written concerning the seer ministry of Christ that must be manifested in His sons at this time. We must understand, though, that spiritually seeing doesn’t necessarily mean having visions and dreams, or having our eyes opened to see angels and the like. Yes, those who were called seers in the Scriptures, such as Ezekiel, saw great visions. So did Daniel and many other of the prophets. But here is the thing: Whether it’s a vision or a dream, or having our eyes opened to the spiritual realm around us, it’s all just a vehicle to convey spiritual truths to the believer. The means by which God reveals Himself is not as important as the revelation itself. How many times did the prophets of the Old Testament have great visions and not understand them?
15 ¶ When I, Daniel, had seen the vision, I sought to understand it; and behold, standing before me was one who looked like a man.
16 And I heard the voice of a man between the banks of Ulai, and he called out and said, “Gabriel, give this man an understanding of the vision.”
As great as the visions were that Daniel and the prophets saw, they were inferior to the realm of seeing by the word of Christ in us. When we move into this level of seeing, there is no guesswork, no seeking God for understanding. The word in us defines what we observe. This is also a higher realm than the gift of discernment given by the Holy Spirit. The realm of seeing by the word of Christ is not a partial realm. Paul called all the gifts of the Spirit a partial realm and alluded to the realm of the partial as passing away.
1st Cor. 13:
8 ¶ Love never fails; but if there are gifts of prophecy, they will be done away; if there are tongues, they will cease; if there is knowledge, it will be done away.
9 For we know in part and we prophesy in part;
10 but when the perfect comes, the partial will be done away.
11 When I was a child, I used to speak like a child, think like a child, reason like a child; when I became a man, I did away with childish things.
12 For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face; now I know in part, but then I will know fully just as I also have been fully known.
Some have said these passages prove the gifts of the Spirit ceased in Paul’s day. But that is a misinterpretation of what Paul is saying. He is not saying the gifts will cease as much as he is saying something greater supplants them. There is a realm of seeing face to face, not as in a mirror dimly. This “perfect” that comes to do away with the partial is not simply love, as some would imply. The perfect is the realm of Christ dwelling in us, and that comes by the word living in us. Christ is the Word.
It is by the living word of Christ in us that we see the shallowness of what passes for Christianity today. It is through this same word that we see and understand that what seems to be “spiritual” is often times nothing more than soulish religion. It is the word, sharper than a two-edged sword, that separates the realm of soul and spirit and enables us to see the difference. “For the word of God is living and active and sharper than any two-edged sword, and piercing as far as the division of soul and spirit, of both joints and marrow, and able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart (Heb. 4:12).” This is the realm of discernment we must walk in. This realm is created in us as we eat His word and let it have its full effect in our lives.