8319 perception, spiritual
The ability to see beneath the outward form to the underlying, often hidden, reality. It is a necessary gift in dealing with people, understanding spiritual teaching and interpreting events. Perception is important for effective service, though is often lacking, even among God’s people.
Perception in dealing with people
Perception of spiritual truth
Understanding Jesus Christ’s teaching Mt 13:10-11 pp Mk 4:10-11 pp Lk 8:9-10 See also Mt 13:16-23 pp Mk 4:13-20 pp Lk 8:11-15 The parable of the sower is about the way Jesus Christ’s teaching in parables is received.
Perception to interpret events
2Sa 5:11-12 The building of a palace in the newly captured Jerusalem confirms to David his election by God; Isa 43:9-12 Through his miraculous direction of his people’s history, God is perceived as the one, true God. See also Isa 41:18-20; Isa 64:4; Jnh 1:12 Jonah recognises God’s hand in the storm; Ac 10:34-35 Through the circumstances of his guidance, Peter realises that God’s salvation is for Gentiles too.
Perception leading to effective service
1Ki 3:9 pp 2Ch 1:10 See also 1Sa 16:7-13 Samuel perceives that David is to be king; 2Ki 4:8-10 A Shunammite’s perception of Elisha leads her to extend hospitality to him; Heb 11:27 Moses’perception of the invisible God
Lack of perception
By Jesus Christ’s disciples Mt 15:16 pp Mk 7:18 not understanding what makes a person unclean; Mt 16:9 pp Mk 8:17-18 not understanding about the teaching of the Pharisees and Sadducees; Mt 16:22 pp Mk 8:32 Peter cannot accept that Jesus Christ must be crucified; Jn 14:9 Philip does not understand that Jesus Christ reveals the Father; Jn 20:9 not understanding about the resurrection Not recognising the risen Christ: Jn 20:14; Jn 21:4
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