“Trying” the Spirits and Knowing Who is True

“I know thy works, and thy labour, and thy patience, and how thou canst not bear them which are evil: and thou hast tried them which say they are apostles, and are not, and hast found them liars:” (Revelations 2:2)

Jesus knows exactly where everyone is spiritually. There is nothing hid from him. When he speaks, his words exactly hit the real spiritual target. He highly commends this congregation here (and in the next verse) for their faithfulness to “try” people and discover whether they would be a true minister or not. The scriptures teaches us to do the same:

  • “And we beseech you, brethren, to know them which labour among you, and are over you in the Lord, and admonish you” (I Thess 5:12)
  • “Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world.” (I John 4:1)
Trying the Spirits

Trying the Spirits

But how do we “know them which labor amongst us” and how do we “try the spirits whether they are of God”? We need both the Word of God, and the Spirit of God! We dare not neglect our study and obedience to the Word. If we do, it is like trying to worship in a dark room. Spiritually you won’t be able to tell who is with you, nor what is being set before you. We also dare not neglect following the Holy Spirit: by obedience, holiness, and the true love of God. If we do, we can become just like a scribe or pharisee – know much about it, but have no love, long-suffering, or outreach in our soul for the lost!

So we see by this exhortation from Jesus in Revelations 2:2, that even amongst those who have great spiritual light (Jesus Christ amongst them) that there are also those who are trying to “sneak in” and present themselves as true servants of the Lord. We are warned from the Gospel that this would happen:

“But there were false prophets also among the people, even as there shall be false teachers among you, who privily shall bring in damnable heresies, even denying the Lord that bought them, and bring upon themselves swift destruction. And many shall follow their pernicious ways; by reason of whom the way of truth shall be evil spoken of. And through covetousness shall they with feigned words make merchandise of you: whose judgment now of a long time lingereth not, and their damnation slumbereth not.” (2 Peter 2:1-3)

Note: It is important here to understand that it is because of the light of the seven candlesticks that Ephesus has (the full light of Jesus Christ amongst them), that they have the ability to see and determine who is false. “and how thou canst not bear them which are evil: and thou has tried them which say they are apostles, and are not, and hast found them liars.”

Do you have this same light to be able to do the same?

3 responses to ““Trying” the Spirits and Knowing Who is True

  1. God told us that during the end of the age that he will pore out his spirit, and that some will receive visions. He even mentioned something about a certain gift being received that the receiver of it might be willing to swallow do to this knowing that they have how

    • Fact that the description of it was sent out in a letter sent out in a letter such a long long time ago. Rev 2:17. What if during the age in which we were living there was someone known only by God who was made able by him to be the receiver of such a gift as the one you see is being offered?

  2. Jamie, sorry for taking so long to respond. I believe God is giving, and has always given, to a true ministry the message of his truth. If they truly know Jesus Christ, and are completely obedient to him, then they have the true message. Jesus said: “I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh to the Father but by me.” ~ John 14:6

    Concerning those who are true, Jesus said: “Ye shall know them by their fruits” ~ Matt 7:16-21 A true man of God will consistently live a holy life that is faithful and true to the commandments of their Savior.

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