Spiritual Senses

February 13, 2020


Spiritual Senses


Hebrews 5:14

But strong meat belongeth to them that are of full age, [even] those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil.


We live and move and a sensual world.  It is sensual in the respect of our natural senses of sight, hearing, taste, touch and smell.   From the input of these five senses our minds are able to navigate, evaluate, make decisions and responses based on these sensual inputs.  While we grow up with these senses and most of the time we just take them for granted, it isn’t till we loose the use of one them that it really registers how important they are and how much we rely upon them.  We often see in cases where people are blind or deaf, that their other senses are developed more acutely to make up for that which was lost.

We have a sixth sense, if you will, a spiritual sense.  Now as with any of the senses it can be trained and developed.  For instance we can all taste, but it takes a connoisseur of wines to be able to fully distinguish and define them by taste.  We can all hear, but a blind person can often recognize people by the sound of their walk.  Something a person with sight takes for granted.

The Bible doesn’t speak a great deal about senses, except in this one verse.  The context of sense here is having “faculty of the mind for perceiving, understanding and judging.” The writer here clearly spells out that this is a developed sense through use and exercise and its purpose is to discern both good and evil.  Now where does our sense of good and evil come from?  We might say our conscience.  The Word does teach us in Romans 2:14-15, “Indeed, when Gentiles, who do not have the law, do by nature things required by the law, they are a law for themselves, even though they do not have the law, 15since they show that the requirements of the law are written on their hearts, their consciences also bearing witness, and their thoughts now accusing, now even defending them.”  This bears out that there is an innate sense of right and wrong instilled in us from our Creator.  We also know that we can dull this sense through sin and perversion.  Romans 1:28 speaking of those which had become depraved and perverse in their practices, “Furthermore, since they did not think it worthwhile to retain the knowledge of God, he gave them over to a depraved mind, to do what ought not to be done.”  1 Timothy 4:1-2 again speaks of how this spiritual sense can be ignored, “Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils; Speaking lies in hypocrisy; having their conscience seared with a hot iron.”  Giving place to sin and spiritual influences of darkness will dull all feelings of spiritual conscience and feeling.  This is how we can sin and not feel the conscience or guilt of our sin.

Now as for those who are in Christ, the writer of Hebrews gives us a rebuke in that he tells us in verse 13, “For every one that useth milk [is] unskillful in the word of righteousness: for he is a babe.”  The milk is when we continue to live and operate out of the basic principles of the Word and salvation.  Many of us never move much beyond our beginnings.  We are content to have someone always feeding us, nurturing us, and we never get much past the basic salvation message.  That will never develop your spiritual senses.  The spiritual senses are developed through exercise and practice.  They are developed through reading and studying the Word of God, through prayer and asking the Holy Spirit for wisdom and insight and last of all through practicing in daily life what we learn in our heads.  Spiritual substance has to be real in our lives not just in our heads and in our knowledge.  Otherwise we become hypocrites, having knowledge of the truth, but not practicing it; pretending to be something that we are not in word and deed.  Maturity in the Spirit is depth, not only of knowledge and understanding, but also of practice in walking the walk of Christ. It is truly discerning good and evil and choosing that which is good.  Maturity in Christ may be observed, even if the person never says a word.  Their life and actions will demonstrate their convictions and beliefs.  Their fruit will bear out what manner of tree they are from and the branches that bear the most fruit usually hang to lowest.

How acutely and diligently have we developed our spiritual senses today?  Could the writer of Hebrews share with us strong meat, because we are spiritually mature, discerning what is spiritual, right and good?  Let’s be diligent to develop the spiritual sensitivity that God desires we have.



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