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Fausset's Bible Dictionary
Discerning of Spirits
1 Corinthians 12:10. Discerning between the operation of God's Spirit and that of the evil spirit, or unaided human spirit claiming to utter the dictates of God's Spirit. Acts 5:1-11; Acts 8:28; 1 Corinthians 14:23,37: "if any man think himself to be a prophet or spiritual, let him acknowledge that the things that I write unto you are the commandments of the Lord." It is this which assures us of the inspiration of the New Testament The books were accepted as inspired, by churches having men possessing" the discerning of spirits" (1 John 4:1; 1 Timothy 4:1).
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Fausset, Andrew R. Entry for 'Discerning of Spirits'. Fausset's Bible Dictionary. https://www.studylight.org/dictionaries/eng/fbd/d/discerning-of-spirits.html. 1949.