Is It Acceptable Unto the Lord?
Proving what is acceptable unto the Lord. Ephesians 5:10. How can we prove what is acceptable onto the Lord? According to the Greek meaning here translated PROVING, we find it means to examine and discern. The apostle John has something to say about this in 1 Jn. 4:1, “Beloved, believe not every spirit, but TRY the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world”. This word TRY is the same Greek word translated PROVING in today’s verse. Just as there were false prophets back in Elijah’s day, there are still false prophets around, contradicting what God says. But God left us two witnesses, His Word and His Spirit. These two witnesses always agree. The Spirit will never lead us to do anything contrary to what God’s Word says. In order to prove what is acceptable to God, we must know what God‘s Word says. We must examine and discern it. This takes some time and effort. We can’t go by what others say, even so-called ministers of the gospel, because 1 John 4:1 is still applicable today. Jesus said in Jn. 12:48, “…the Word that I have spoken, the same shall judge him in the last day. We have the words of Jesus recorded in the holy Bible. It behooves us to be examining and discerning it by the help of the Holy Spirit. And, along with searching God’s word, putting into action every scripture as God gives us knowledge and understanding.