‘THE SPIRIT OF TRUTH’ and ‘THE SPIRIT OF DECEPTION’ — UNCOVERING THE DIFFERENCE – UNIT 5
Mentally Connecting to Bible Truth-UNIT 5
The Spirit of Truth
The Spirit of Deception: Part A
Uncovering the Difference
When Jesus Christ spent his lasts days on earth with his disciples he made them a promise of something they would inherit after he was gone. It was not a promise conditioned on any particular thing they had to do. In effect it was a “no strings” promise to those who had faith in him and came to be recognized by him as his followers.
That promise is found in the Bible at: John 14:16, John 16:13.
John 14:16 AMP “And I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Comforter (Counselor, Helper, Intercessor, Advocate, Strengthener, and Standby), that He may remain with you forever—”
Joh 16:13 AMP “But when He, the Spirit of Truth (the Truth-giving Spirit) comes, He will guide you into all the Truth (the whole, full Truth). For He will not speak His own message [on His own authority]; but He will tell whatever He hears [from the Father; He will give the message that has been given to Him], and He will announce and declare to you the things that are to come [that will happen in the future].”
If you read from the AMP (Amplified Bible) above carefully, you undoubtedly noticed the phrase “all the truth, the whole, full truth”. While some might claim Jesus was referring only to Gospel truth or the truth about himself, the phrase “all the truth” means explicitly what it says. It includes every facet of what God (YHWH), his father has determined to be true. For an in-depth understanding of what truth consists of according to Bible standards.
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Simply stated, the truth advocated by the Bible carries the definition of that which is; a.) Real (conforms to reality) and b.) That which God (YHWH)-gives as truth, since he alone is the founding originator of truth. The bible speaks of truth which conforms to God’s will figuratively, as:”Light” (depicting enlightenment with an implication of being beneficial).
However where there is figurative ‘light’, there also must be figurative ‘darkness”, the opposite of ‘light’. In Bible terms ‘darkness’ is equated with lies and deception which God abhors and sees as un-beneficial to humans.
Where ‘truth’ (reality) has a founding father as its originator, in YHWH, God Almighty, ‘untruth’ (deception) also has, according to the Bible a founding father. That one is clearly identified at John 8:43, 44 as the father of lies and all that is false.
John 8:43 AMP “Why do you misunderstand what I say? It is because you are unable to hear what I am saying. [You cannot bear to listen to My message; your ears are shut to My teaching.] 44 AMP You are of your father, the devil, and it is your will to practice the lusts and gratify the desires [which are characteristic] of your father. He was a murderer from the beginning and does not stand in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaks a falsehood, he speaks what is natural to him, for he is a liar [himself] and the father of lies and of all that is false.:
The spirits of each of these entities (spirit of truth) and (spirit of deception) can inhabit a human being. When we say inhabit, we mean that it has become an integral part of the mental processes in one’s brain, influencing one’s own motivation (heart) which ultimately controls a person’s behavior.
See chart following, describing the way the brain influences a person’s actions and behavior.
Both these spirits can be very influential in the way a person acts, either toward themselves, toward others and toward their creator. Therefore, it is imperative that we as God’s children recognize the differences between these two ‘spirits’.
What does the Bible tell us enabling us to recognize the fundamental difference between these two spirits which may be at work in us and competing for our life prospects?
Jesus gave us a principal by which we are able to discern tangible differences between these two spirits, especially when one of them is actively trying to disguise its identity from us. He said you will recognize a tree by the fruit it produces. Toward making us capable of this kind of discernment the Bible provides a description of the kind of fruit that each of these spirits produce.
First there is God’s Spirit, Holy Spirit, a spirit of truth: We are told by the apostle Paul at Galations 5:22, 23 that the fruitages God’s spirit produce are as follows:
Gal 5:22 “But the fruit of the [Holy] Spirit [the work which His presence within accomplishes] is love, joy (gladness), peace, patience (an even temper, forbearance), kindness, goodness (benevolence), faithfulness, 23 Gentleness (meekness, humility), self-control (self-restraint, continence). Against such things there is no law [that can bring a charge].” AMP
Remember, according to Paul, when we see these qualities within a person, whether they appear in a brother or sister or in someone who we may not have come to regard as fellow believer, these qualities point to a source as the figurative tree from which they emanate. These are in Bible terms explicit fruitages of God’s Holy Spirit. They are undeniable when bathed in the light of truth.
What about the fruits produced by God’s arch enemy Satan the Devil and the spirit of deception he sponsors. While God’s Spirit produces clear-cut, readily understandable patterns of beneficial behavior in humans, this is not so with the Spirit of deception.
The spirit of deception is all about depriving humans of Godly Spiritual benefits and replacing them with fleshly benefits. These may seem advantageous for a time from a selfish point of view but bring destruction to people in the long run.
The spirit of deception finds anonymity behind the works of the flesh.
So, the apostle Paul also describes a set of characteristics which when seen as fruits a person produces would demonstrate the sprit behind them as well. In passages speaking about the influence of fleshly attitudes (human nature) which are promoted by the Spirit of deception, (a spirit directly attributable to Satan the Devil), he has this to say;
Galatians 5:14 AMP “For the whole Law [concerning human relationships] is complied with in the one precept, You shall love your neighbor as [you do] yourself. [Lev. 19:18.]”
Gal 5:15,16,18, “But if you act like wild animals, hurting and harming each other, then watch out, or you will completely destroy one another.” 18 If the Spirit [Gods]leads you, then you are not subject to the Law.”
Gal 5:19 “What human nature does is quite plain. It shows itself in immoral, filthy, and indecent actions; Gal 5:20 in worship of idols and witchcraft. People become enemies and they fight; they become jealous, angry, and ambitious. They separate into parties and groups; Gal 5:21 they are envious, get drunk, have orgies, and do other things like these. I warn you now as I have before: those who do these things will not possess the Kingdom of God.”
Thus we have fundamental differences between the fruit these two spirits generate. On the one hand we have God’s spirit which generates fruit in those who possess it consisting of qualities that are constructive, up-building and beneficial to ourselves and those around us. On the other hand we have Satan’s spirit which he manifests through the earthly, physical side of human nature. That spirit breeds decay and destruction and is highly detrimental to the human family.
It becomes extremely important for us to acquire tools by which we can recognize the spirit of deception employed by God’s arch enemy in his efforts to first subjugate people and later to cause their destruction.
We need to remember, inherent with the spirit of deception is a supernatural ability to deceive. Deceiving is accomplished by convincing someone that something which is simply not true according to our God of Truth (YHWH) is in actuality truth (reality). With a Master Deceiver in the picture, this can become extremely difficult.
Therefore the next section will be devoted to tools for ‘Combatting Spiritual Deception’.