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Summary: One of the offices of the Holy Spirit is to guide us into all truth. What is truth? How do we discern it? What are the benefits of this truth?

The Divine Spirit of Truth

Introduction:

What is another work of the Holy spirit?

To guide us into all truth, that we may be sanctified.

How can we tell what is truth?

Illustration:

Charles Spurgeon once told of sitting in a nice restaurant. As he ate he kept noticing a rather angry looking man across the dining room who scowled at him every time he looked his way. Finally Spurgeon decided to go over and speak to the man to see what his problem was. However, as he stood he realized that what he had been seeing was his own reflection in mirrors that lined the walls across the room. We may not always like what we see in the mirror of God’s Word but what we see there is always the truth and always the best!

The Holy Spirit will guide us into all truth. He will lead us to understand His word, He will teach us. How is this possible for God to teach us? How do I know that the voice that I am listening to is the Holy Spirit’s voice. How can I discern what I am hearing is the Spirit of truth? First we need to define what is truth according to the Bible. Then we need to recognize what is the purpose of the truth, then we will be able to discern the truth.

a)What is truth? Thy law is truth.(Ps.119:142,151).

Proverbs 16:6 (quickview) ;jn.8:32

The law contained in the commandments is truth, how is it that people will neglect to observe his law which in fact is a testimony of His character? When we trample upon His law we likewise trample upon God’s character?

Thus our character’s cannot be formed according to His when we neglect to conform to His law.

b)Thy word is truth.(jn.17:17).

What is the purpose of the truth?

The word of truth has power to sanctify us. When we are obedient to His Truth then we may be transformed into His likeness. Yet, do we seek after it as though it were life and death- that our salvation depended upon it?

“The sanctification now gaining prominence in the religious world carries with it a spirit of self-exaltation and a disregard for the law of God that mark it as foreign to the religion of the Bible. Its advocates teach that sanctification is an instantaneous work, by which, through faith alone, they attain to perfect holiness. "Only believe," say they, "and the blessing is yours." No further effort on the part of the receiver is supposed to be required. At the same time they deny the authority of the law of God, urging that they are released from obligation to keep the commandments. But is it possible for men to be holy, in accord with the will and character of God, without coming into harmony with the principles which are an expression of His nature and will, and which show what is well pleasing to Him?” {Great Controversy p. 471}

By Owen Bourgaize

When I hired a car on holiday I was given a diesel engine vehicle and was told by the car hire representative, "Be careful to fill up with diesel, not petrol, because if you put the wrong fuel in, it will foul up the engine and will have to cleaned out at considerable cost to you!" It’s the same with our lives. If we disobey what God intended, ignoring the Maker’s handbook, the Bible, we get the logical result, God’s rejection and condemnation.


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