How To Recognize The Spirit Of Jesus
Updated: Nov 16, 2022
If you are a professing Christian, with the true indwelling spirit of Christ, it is fair to assume that you'd no doubt recognize the spirit of Jesus. Observe the photo below, and ask yourself, Is this an image of Jesus?
If your answer is a definite no, then you must objectively ask yourself, How do you know? Is your evaluation based on your own emotional compass and personal perspective of what you'd imagine Jesus to look like (i.e. long hair, beard, etc.), or is it Biblically validated?
Are there Biblically legitimate ways to recognize and identify Jesus?
How do you recognize the spirit of Jesus?
In the book of Luke, after Jesus' death, the disciples went to a village named Emmaus, about seven miles from Jerusalem. They were talking with each other about all these things that had happened concerning Jesus' death and Mary's testimony of his resurrection. While they were talking and discussing together, Jesus himself drew near and went with them, but their eyes were kept from recognizing him; their eyes were "holden". He said unto them, "What is this conversation that you are holding with each other as you walk?" and they stood still, looking sad because of Jesus' death (Luke 24:13-17). The scriptures go on to tell the story in which Jesus continued on the road with them explaining the scriptures to them and yet they still did not recognize or identify him as Jesus. The disciples could not identify the very one they lived with for nearly three years!
The disciples, who walked with Jesus as he walked the earth 2,000 yrs ago, did not recognize the very Lord and Master they served and followed, as he spoke with them face-to-face!
How then shall the modern day Christian recognize and identify the true presence and spirit of Jesus to scripturally validate their Christian profession and true rebirth? It is written that those who do not have his spirit are none of his and do not know him (Romans 8:9, KJV). How many do you know that profess to be a Christian but do not actually know him or have his spirit? Are you able to discern those who are deceived? Are you able to discern if you are possibly deceived?
The New Testament documents a number of ways in which the professing Christian can scripturally identify the true spirit and person of Christ; ways which Jesus himself stated will keep you from deception, for there will be many who proclaim "Here is the Christ", "I am the Christ", or "I am of the body of Christ". Jesus distinctly warned, "Do not be deceived". If they do not possess certain characteristics or scripturally identifying marks that are unique to what he has defined to confirm the true rebirth, do not believe them. Do Not Follow them!
Knowing What Is Written
Do Not Be Deceived
Matthew 24:4,5,11,24, KJV
And Jesus answered and said unto them, Take heed that no man deceives you.
For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many.
And many false prophets (religious imposters) shall rise and deceive many.
For there shall arise false Christs (those pretending to have the spriit of Christ), and false prophets (those who falsely speak the message of Christ in the name of Christ), and shall show great signs and wonders, insomuch that, if it were possible, even the elect.
1 John 4:1, KJV
Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world.
Many profess to be "followers" of Jesus; Christians, In fact, there are approximately 2.3 billion professing Christians, but not all professors are true Biblically defined Christians. Jesus gave definitive marks that would scripturally confirm those who are his true disciples. He specifically warned against deception because it is a path that blindly leads to destruction. Not all who are deceived recognize their deception; they are not aware that they are believing something that is false to be true. However, it is in the spirit of humility; the humility of the heart, to recognize that we are all human and thereby subjective to deception at some point in our lives. Pride blinds and hinders many from seeing this truth.
Jesus provided the antidote, if you will, for the deceived mind. He informed his disciples concerning the truth in reference to himself and the Christian religion. Jesus gave distinct guidelines and notable visible markers that will confirm the true rebirth experience which ultimately results in the indwelling possession of his spirit. Those who cling to prideful self-taught knowledge or the misinterpretation of the New Testament scriptures taught by the leaders of the Christian faith who are void of Christ's spirit, will remain deceived.
How shall any Christian leader, lead the body of Christ without the true indwelling of Christ's spirit?
How shall the professing Christian discern the spirit of Christ when they have not been taught the genuine message of Jesus and are void of his true indwelling spirit?
Through The Scriptures Alone
Jesus ' direct instructions are written and documented within the New Testament scriptures pertaining to the Christian faith and the visible confirmation of his spirit. The Biblically-aligned confirmation of Jesus' spirit is the stamp and approval of the genuine Christian profession. Those who claim to be a Christian without the true spirit of Jesus are said within the scriptures to be liars, pseudochrists!
It is through and by the spirit of Jesus alone that one can govern the Christian community, for it is indeed the spirit of Jesus speaking, explaining, and teaching those who seek to follow him! There is a major crisis within the Christian community stemming from the severe misinterpretation of the New Testament scriptures due to the absence of Christ's true spirit within the Church. This crisis is not being addressed because it will force each professing Christian to Biblically align their claim and evaluate the true state of their soul from Jesus' perspective, determined by what is written, and not by their emotions!
Most professing Christians are in denial concerning who they truly serve. Jesus said,"Verily, Verily I say to you, he that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these will he do, because I go to my father" (John 14:12, KJV). It is Jesus' words alone that confirms one's Christian profession and not solely based on your strong-willed belief, which are rooted in an emotionally-based conversion vs. a Biblically-aligned conversion. Jesus himself declared that it is not just a matter of belief, but a supernatural indwelling and manifestation of his spirit. Those who truly belong to Jesus do as Jesus did!
The Christian theology must be established by the words of Jesus which are documented within the scriptures, otherwise it is a manipulated translation of Jesus' message by those void of his spirit.
The evidence of a false message is Bondage, Oppression, and the lack of Biblical Supernatural Power!
Knowing What Is Written
Jesus made it clear that he holds each professing Christian responsible in carefully considering his message and wisely counting the cost of true discipleship (Luke 14:28-30, KJV). He beckoned to those seeking to follow him, "Take up my yoke (put on the responsibility) and learn of me" (Matthew 11:29, KJV). In this way you will make an informed decision regarding true allegiance to him and you will avoid making a crucial decision that is emotionally-driven; your decision to follow him will be confirmed by Biblically-aligned confirmations.
2 Timothy 2:15, KJV "Study to show thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth"
If you are a professing Christian, the Apostle Paul strongly admonishes you within the scriptures to carefully and critically observe yourself to Biblically prove that you are indeed a genuine Christian, which is one who literally possesses the true spirit of Christ. Otherwise, you are condemned!
2 Corinthians 13:5, KJV
"Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith; prove your own selves. Know ye not your own selves, how that Jesus Christ is in you, except ye be reprobates?"
Romans 8:9, KJV
"...Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his"
NOW is the acceptable time to examine the scriptures carefully and to Biblically confirm one's profession of faith because it is critical in securing not only a place in the Kingdom, but also in establishing a meaningful validated relationship with Jesus; a scripturally-validated relationship vs. an emotionally-validated experience which can be fatally misleading (Matthew 7:21-23,KJV)!
The Biblical text identifies Three extraordinary ways in which Jesus informs the modern professing Christian of exactly how to recognize and identify his true spirit and avoid deception!