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Discerning of Spirits
Discernings of Spirits
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The Wycliffe Bible Encyclopedia
Discerning of Spirits
DISCERNING OF SPIRITS. One of the gifts of the Spirit (1 Cor 12:8–10; Eph 4:7–11). The discernment was as to whether or not one who prophesied, spoke in tongues, performed miracles, etc., was doing so by the Holy Spirit. The Gr. word diakrisis (“distinguishing,” “discerning,” “judging”) is used only
The New Unger’s Bible Dictionary
Discerning of Spirits
DISCERNING OF SPIRITS (NASB and NIV, “distinguishing the spirits”). A spiritual gift enjoyed by certain Christians in the apostolic age and enabling them to judge from what spirits the utterances they heard proceeded, whether from the Holy Spirit, human, or demonic spirits, thus preserving the church
Nelson’s New Illustrated Bible Dictionary
Discerning of Spirits
DISCERNING OF SPIRITS — a gift of the Holy Spirit that enables a person to judge whether one who speaks in tongues or performs miracles does so by the power of the Holy Spirit or by a false spirit (1 Cor. 12:10; distinguishing between spirits, NIV). The apostle Paul suggested that a person led by the
International Standard Bible Encyclopedia
DISCERNINGS, OF SPIRITS
DISCERNINGS, OF SPIRITS<di-zurn’-inz>, ([διακρίσεις πνευμάτων, diakriseis pneumaton], “judicial estimation,” “through judgment or separation”): Occurs in 1 Corinthians 12:10 as being one of the gifts of the Spirit. The Greek word occurs in Hebrews 5:14; and Romans 14:1: “But him that is
Holman Illustrated Bible Dictionary
Discerning of Spirits
DISCERNING OF SPIRITS One of the gifts of the Spirit (1 Cor. 12:10). It apparently refers to the God-given ability to tell whether a prophetic speech came from God’s Spirit or from another source opposed to God.
The Zondervan Encyclopedia of the Bible, Volume 2, D–G
Discernings of Spirits
discernings of spirits. The charismatic gift of determining the genuineness of allegedly divine messages and works (1 Cor. 12:10 KJV, rendering diakriseis pneumatōn; NIV, “distinguishing between spirits”). It was recognized, not only in Christianity but also among other religious groups, that supernatural
The International Standard Bible Encyclopaedia, Volumes 1–5
Discernings, of Spirits
DISCERNINGS, di-zûrn′iṇz, OF SPIRITS (διακρίσεις πνευμάτων, diakríseis pneumátōn, “judicial estimation,” “through judgment or separation”): Occurs in 1 Cor 12:10 as being one of the gifts of the Spirit. The Gr word occurs in He 5:14; and Rom 14:1: “But him that is weak in faith receive ye, yet not
The New Interpreter’s Dictionary of the Bible, Volumes 1–5
SPIRITS, DISCERNMENT OR TESTING OF
SPIRITS, DISCERNMENT OR TESTING OF [διάκρισις πνευμάτων diakrisis pneumatōn]. Paul mentions the “discernment of spirits” as a spiritual gift (1 Cor 12:10). This gift probably had two dimensions. First, discernment meant determining whether a spirit came from God or from another source. In 1 John 4:1,
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