- discernment of spirits
- Paul regards the ability to recognize gifts of the Spirit [[➝ spirit]] as itself a gift (1 Cor. 12:10); it enables a person to establish the presence or the absence of God or, a worse case, the activity of an evil power disguised as good. One criterion for sound discernment is given in the Sermon on the Mount: ‘You will know them by their fruits’ (Matt. 7:16).
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