Discerning Truth from lie from the Spirit of Truth Vs Discerning soulishly with a knowledge of good and evil
While Adam and Eve were living in bliss in perfect harmony with God, all was good. They trusted God and ate from the Tree of Life. The only spiritual discernment they needed was to discern truth from lie. When they fell away from intimacy with God, the focus shifted, and now they became concerned rather with determining, from their own soulish understanding what is good and evil. And so it has been up to this day with the children of darkness. Even arrogantly pointing finger at the perfect acts of God and judging his judgment, his sending of people to hell and his holy wrath as evil. No longer is there a burning desire to know the truth. Alone when we live from the spirit and not the soul, can we judge and discern correctly evil from good, and alone when we turn to truth, will the sword of the Word bring a divide between soul and spirit.
It is when we love the truth, then alone can we say that we have true love for the Lord Jesus Christ.
“Let not mercy and truth forsake thee: bind them about thy neck; write them upon the table of thine heart: so shalt thou find favour and good understanding in the sight of God and man. Trust in the Lord with all thine heart: and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and He shall direct thy paths. Be not wise in thine own eyes: fear the Lord, and depart from evil. It shall be health to thy navel, and marrow to thy bones. Honour the Lord with thy substance, and with the firstfruits of all thine increase: So shall thy barns be filled with plenty, and thy presses shall burst with new wine. My son, despise not the chastening of the Lord: neither be weary of his correction: For whom the Lord loveth he correcteth: even as a father the son in whom he delighteth. Happy is the man that findeth wisdom, and the man that getteth understanding.”