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The Holy Spirit (13 of 18)
Series: Simple Faith
The Bible tells us that the scriptures are spiritually discerned and that we have the ability to know the truth by the anointing of the Holy Spirit that has been given to every believer. This also is a point of confusion for many. Before we move on to look at how we know the truth, let's look at the foundation of that knowledge, the Holy Spirit.
According to the Bible, many false spirits masquerade as the Holy Spirit. The Bible calls these spirits of deception. Some scoff at the idea of demonic spirits, but if we believe in angels, why would we question the Bible's teaching of fallen angels? A demon is nothing more than a fallen angel. We are not to fear them, but rather to be aware of the schemes of the devil that is designed to confuse the truth. We'll get more into this when we look at spiritual warfare in a later chapter. For now, just be aware that the Bible describes the fall of a third of the angels coinciding with the rebellion of Satan and his fall.
This is what is meant when the Bible speaks of spirits of deception. The Bible says that Satan masquerades as an angel of light and his prophets pass themselves off as apostles and prophets of truth103. The same holds true for counterfeiting the Holy Spirit. We are commanded to compare those who claim to have the Holy Spirit with what the Bible teaches about the Holy Spirit. I won't spend a lot of time on this, but there are some basic things to look at when being told a work or services is Holy Spirit inspired. Look now at John 16:13-14
13 "However, when He, the Spirit of truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth; for He will not speak on His own authority, but whatever He hears He will speak; and He will tell you things to come.
14 "He will glorify Me, for He will take of what is Mine and declare it to you.
Add this to Jesus' description of the Holy Spirit above. John 15:26
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