"Howbeit when He, the Spirit of truth, is come, He will guide you into all truth: for He shall not speak of Himself; but whatsoever He shall hear, that shall He speak: and He will shew you things to come."
Charles Spurgeon once said that discernment is not a matter of simply telling the difference between right and wrong; rather, it is being able to tell the difference between right and almost right. Just as our adversary the devil masquerades as an “angel of light” hoping to deceive whom he may (II Corinthians 11:14), so his schemes are often very aptly disguised and it takes a heart and soul saturated with the Holy Ghost and God’s Word to discover the lies which are hidden beneath the surface. It took less than 50 words to trick Eve into taking forbidden fruit, and it was all because she failed to look any further than the few grains of truth scattered about the surface what Satan was telling her (Genesis 3:1-5).
As James reminded us in his epistle, “whosoever shall keep the whole Law, and yet offend in one point, he is guilty of all.” (2:10) In other words, you have to walk in the whole truth or you’re not walking in truth at all. If we add to it, we implicate its insufficiency apart from us (Proverbs 30:6); if we diminish from it, we suggest that what God gave us is inaccurate and flawed (Deuteronomy 12:32).
“For ever, O Lord, Thy Word is settled in heaven.
The truth cannot be changed. It is “forever settled in heaven”, and must be either accepted or rejected by all who hear it (Psalm 119:89; John 17:17). As we memorize Scripture together here on memverse, we do far more than just get into the Word; we are allowing God to actually get the Word, and thus the truth, into us! Our next task is to allow that truth to work its way back out in our everyday lives, being doers of the Word and not hearers only (James 1:22).