The Tabernacle Scroll

Issue 13

[Refer Mark 3: 22-30]

And the teachers of the law who came down from Jerusalem said, "He is possessed by Beelzebub! By the prince of demons he is driving out demons." (Verse. 22)

(Jesus replies) "I tell you the truth, all the sins and blasphemies of men will be forgiven them. But whoever blasphemes against the Holy Spirit will never be forgiven; he is guilty of an eternal sin." He said this because they were saying, "he has an evil spirit" (verses 28-30).

Since the source of evil is the devil, to call the Spirit's works 'evil' is to call Him the devil. This, said Jesus, is an unforgivable sin.

When the Spirit of God is moving, Spirit-filled believers expect to experience supernatural phenomena. This may simply be the sensing of the overwhelming presence of God, or the manifestation of the Spirit's power in various ways. Whilst these phenomena are beyond human understanding, they are not beyond our acceptance.

One reason we can accept them is because it makes sense that 'supernatural' activity is normal for a supernatural God!

But there is another reason: Jesus himself promised that God would back up the declaration of the word (the gospel) with 'signs and wonders'. Jesus, referring to the miracles that he performed, said "greater things than these you will do because I go to the Father."

Many people are apprehensive of some of the things they witness when believers come together in worship. No doubt, it is important to be discerning because the Bible tells us quite plainly that Satan masquerades as an angel of light, and that he performs signs and wonders so as to 'deceive the very elect'.

Here are some basic guidelines that will help us discern whether the Spirit of God is indeed behind the phenomena witnessed:

Is the gospel being preached uncompromisingly?

Is the message edifying?

Is Jesus being glorified?

Is the focus on worshiping God rather than on signs and wonders?

Are the people being exhorted to seek intimacy with God rather than seeking his gifts?

Is there good fruit evident in the lives of the leaders? Do they honour God's presence?

Is the love of God apparent in the Assembly?

Is the focus on the evidence of 'fruit' or on the evidence of 'gifts'? (to the detriment of the former)

In conclusion, the overriding and concluding evidence must be found, not in the signs and miracles, but in the fact that people are being drawn to love and worship Jesus. Satan does not draw people to Jesus!

Be careful! Now you know what tests to apply, don’t' call God a devil!



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