Kind Discernment

hqdefaultSoon after a riveting session with an admired teacher, I was startled when I googled the word krino, phonetically spelled kreeno, to find that a facebook page exists called KREENO.  The original Greek word “Krino” is a verb that defines God’s lone authority to judge the eternal condition of a person’s soul.  New Testament lexicon Strong’s #2919 “properly, to distinguish, decide (mentally or judicially); by implication, to try, condemn, punish:–avenge, conclude, condemn, damn, decree, determine, esteem, judge”

27336843_320036808516228_9028150897644792548_nWith this picture of female judges, the KREENO facebook  page defines it’s purpose: “A Global Reporting System & Whistle Blowing System against corruption, fraud, crimes, scams, kidnapping, Dud Cheques, domestic violence, terrorism, child trafficking, harassment, intimidations, abuse of office, embezzlement, robbery, accidents, and all other social vices is now here called KREENO. —“While Krino is to judge, anakrino is to discern.

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“Then neither do I condemn you,” Jesus declared. “Go now and leave your life of sin.” John 8:11

Only by the grace of God have we been saved, and only by the power of the Holy Spirit can we discern and behave according to God’s will.  Consider how Jesus spoke to the prostitute. “I do not accuse you, go and sin no more”.   Exodus 20:7 NIV ““You shall not misuse the name of the Lord your God, for the Lord will not hold anyone guiltless who misuses his name.” We blaspheme the Holy Spirit when we take the Lord’s name in vain, in other words, when we call ourselves His child, His bride…and then behave towards others without mercy, kindness or compassion. When we take God’s name, we are to honor Him by our speech and actions.    Matthew chapter 7:1 MSG “Don’t pick on people, or…223111b2f5f5532967a613ed9833641c jump on their failures, or criticize their faults, unless, of course, you want the same treatment. That critical spirit has a way of boomeranging.  It’s easy to see a smudge on your neighbor’s face and be oblivious to the ugly sneer on your own….Do not be flip with the sacred. Don’t reduce holy mysteries to slogans….for knowing the correct password — ‘Master, Master,’ for instance — is not going to get you anywhere with Me.  What is required is serious obedience — doing what My Father wills.  I can see it now — at the Final Judgment thousands strutting up to Me and saying, ‘Master, we preached the Message, we bashed demons, our God-sponsored projectshave-courage-and-be-kindhad everyone talking.’ And do you know what I am going to say? ‘You missed the boat.  All you did was use Me to make yourselves important.  You don’t impress Me one bit. You’re out of here.’ Galatians 6:1-5 MSG ” Live creatively, friends. If someone falls into sin, forgivingly restore him, saving your critical comments for yourself. You might be needing forgiveness before the day’s out. Stoop down and reach out to those who are oppressed. Share their burdens, and so complete Christ’s law. If you think you are too good for that, you are badly deceived.  Make a careful exploration of who you are and the work you have been given, and then sink yourself into that. 1280x1280Don’t be impressed with yourself. Don’t compare yourself with others. Each of you must take responsibility for doing the creative best you can with your own life.”   Galatians 3:5-10 MSG “Let me put this question to you: How did your new life begin? Was it by working your heads off to please God? Or was it by responding to God’s Message to you? Are you going to continue this craziness? For only crazy people would think they could complete by their own efforts what was begun by God. If you weren’t smart enough or strong enough to begin it, how do you suppose you could perfect it? Did you go through this whole painful learning process for nothing? It is not yet a total loss, but it certainly will a-process-of-discernment-3-728be if you keep this up!  Answer this question: Does the God who lavishly provides you with his own presence, his Holy Spirit, working things in your lives you could never do for yourselves, does he do these things because of your strenuous moral striving or because you trust him to do them in you? Don’t these things happen among you just as they happened with Abraham? He believed God, and that act of belief was turned into a life that was right with God.  Is it not obvious to you that persons who put their trust in Christ (not persons who put their trust in the law!) are like Abraham: children of faith? It was all laid out beforehand in Scripture that God would set things right with non-Jews by faith. Scripture anticipated this in the promise to Abraham: “All nations will be blessed in you.”Throw-KindnessSo those now who live by faith are blessed along with Abraham, who lived by faith—this is no new doctrine! And that means that anyone who tries to live by his own effort, independent of God, is doomed to failure. Scripture backs this up: “Utterly cursed is every person who fails to carry out every detail written in the Book of the law.” 2 Corin 5:18-20 MSG Because of this decision we don’t evaluate people by what they have or how they look. We looked at the Messiah that way once and got it all wrong, as you know. We certainly don’t look at him that way anymore. Now we look inside, and what we see is that anyone united with the Messiah gets a fresh start, is created new. The old life is gone; a new life burgeons! Look at it! All this comes from the God who settled the relationship between us and him, and then called us to settle our relationships with each other. God put the world square with himself through the Messiah, giving the world a fresh start by offering forgiveness of sins. God has given us the task of telling everyone what he is doing. We’re Christ’s representatives. God uses us to persuade men and women to drop their differences and enter into God’s work of making things right between them. We’re speaking for Christ himself now: Become friends with God; he’s already a friend with you.”theholyspirit

As Ambassadors of Christ, the Bibles teaches that we are to love one another and be reconciled as we grow in His grace and in spiritual discernment. “All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation:  that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting people’s sins against them. And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation.  We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. We implore you on Christ’s behalf: Be reconciled to God.  “And it is my prayer that your love may abound more and more, with knowledge and all discernment, so that you may approve what is excellent, and so be pure and blameless for the day of Christ.” 2 Corin 5:18-20 NIV  “And this is my prayer: that your love may abound more and more in knowledge and depth of insight,  so that you may be able to discern what is best and may be pure and blameless for the day of Christ.”  Phil 1:9-10 NIV —1460996609

Rebel With A Cause” an autobiography by Franklin Graham.  Franklin tells of his young years as a rebel. Franklin, myself, or anyone in the world is NOT judged by God for their works, or for their shortcomings, or for what they gave to the world. God knows our hearts, and He does not judge by what appears to be so.  God judges us by the contents of our hearts.  Franklin recounts the events that caused him to finally turn his life over to the Lord at age 28.  To the glorification of the Lord, Franklin’s recollections about the move of the Holy Spirit are powerful. God, through the Holy Spirit continues to move through  believers today in amazing ways. Franklin’s book talks about the “God Room”. Which is an encouragement “to set out to do huge things”.  Goals that a person alone could never accomplish without a miracle.  We are to simply do what we can, and then leave the rest up to our faith in the Lord.  This “God Room” principle was the driving force behind Franklin’s ministries.  For example, sharing the gospel in Saudi Arabia?!  Allowing God to work through them, the Holy Spirit was able to change many many lives, and still continues to.  Franklin Graham’s autobiography is really a powerful reminder to me that God does have a plan. The Truth sets us free to trust that all things are possible to those who believe in God’s endless capacity to confound the wise as He uses the unlikely to accomplish great things.

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Read comments. “Name” and the language and interpretations of the Bible by Ken Armstrong

For though by this time you ought to be teachers, you have need again for someone to teach you the elementary principles of the oracles of God, and you have come to need milk and not solid food. For everyone who partakes only of milk is not accustomed to the word of righteousness, for he is an infant. But solid food is for the mature, who because of practice have their senses trained to discern good and evil.
– Hebrews 5:12-14, NASB

4 thoughts on “Kind Discernment

  1. Pastor Ken Armstrong of “The Lord’s Church” holds a bible study in his home on Fridays. Today he talked about judgement. Krino = a judgment to discern the eternal condition of a soul. Anacrino = to discern the actions, the spirit of a person. Asking the Holy Spirit to help us to discern, we can then act according to His proding to love, to be kind, to forgive, to extend mercy, to set boundaries, to speak with wisdom. Brother Ken also reminded us that the English language translations can be like jello, in other words, squishy definitions can have multiple meanings according to Oxford, or Miriam, however, Greek is a precise language, and so is Aramaic. While reading the bible it is good to look up the “root” word for what any English translation may repeat in various different contexts.

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  2. Pastor Ken Armstrong wrote “Christians often make the mistake of claiming that they understand their English translations of the Bible to be “literally true” as they read them. That idea is as bad as those who believe you can read the Bible any way you want. Understanding the Bible also requires an understanding of ancient language and culture*.

    Take, for example, scriptures concerning the name of the Messiah. According to Matthew, the angel told Mary her child would be called Immanuel (Mt 1:23), which means “God is with us.” In Acts, Luke tells us there is “no other name … by which mankind might be saved” than that of the Messiah (Acts 4:12), and Paul wrote to the Philippians that there is one name “above every name” (Phil 2:9).

    If we’re to take those verses as literally true, we’re faced not with one huge problem, but two. First, Mary’s son wasn’t named Immanuel. He was called Y’shua (sometimes written Yehoshua or Yeshua). But we know that Matthew already knew that when he scribed the account, so we understand that he wasn’t describing an act of disobedience on Mary’s part. He was telling us of something more important and more profound.

    Second, if we insist on taking every word literally, or judging others based on our own understanding of the Bible, the Messiah’s name would be a huge problem. If there is literally one “name” (as we understand the word “name” in our language and culture) which is above all others, and by which we must be saved, that name is unquestionably not “Jesus.” That wasn’t the Savior’s name. As we have already said, He was called Y’shua — a common name of His day, which tells us that salvation comes from God.

    From Hebrew to Greek to Latin to English, the name that is above all names — the ONLY name by which mankind might be saved — has morphed from Y’shua to Iesous to Iesus to Jesus. Only Y’shua was truly His name in the sense that we would mean “name” today. If that’s true, then “Jesus” is NOT the name above all names, by which we must be saved. Taken absolutely literally, those who “claim Jesus as their Lord and Savior” would be lost.

    But don’t despair, because “name” doesn’t mean what we have taken it to mean.

    According to Strong’s Concordance, word #8034, “shem” — the word translated “name” throughout the Bible, means a “memorial of individuality; by implication honor, authority, character.” Or, as Anthony B. Smith often explains it, a name describes the “character, essence, and nature” of the one it applies to.

    When we read what the angel told Mary, we aren’t reading instructions for the birth certificate of the Annointed One. The angel was telling Mary who He would be. He would be called by others “God is with us,” just as He told the Pharisees that He was the “I Am” (which is God’s ancient description of Himself).

    When we’re told that there is only one name by which we might be saved, a name above all others, we aren’t being told that uttering the Hebrew name magically delivers us from evil. We are being promised that there is a single Person whose character, essence, and nature is above all others, who alone can deliver us into the presence of the Most High. He has been called many things, but make no mistake that He is only one. He loves you and wants to call you friend.

    As your Best Friend, Y’shua isn’t really very concerned with what you call Him. He just wants to be sure you don’t confuse Him with an imposter. “Many will come [claiming my name and authority],” He said. “Don’t let them fool you … I am the only way, the only truth, and the only life.”

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    *Understanding the language and culture of the Bible might usually require deep study; however, we shouldn’t rule out direct enlightenment from the Holy Spirit. God can accomplish His goals any way He wants.”

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