Authority and Discernment

The enlightenment teaching of the Essene was known as THE WAY. This teaching became the final interpretation of the Law and the Prophets. The Way became the transitional enlightened teaching of the early church.



Tree of Life

Dove represents ‘God encompassing’.

Small sea creatures and land animals are below.


Spiritual discernment combined with spiritual authority is a powerful tool in the use of the spoken word, prayer, or sowing good seed.  Discernment and authority can change a person’s life as well as their soul’s nature.  Discernment can lead to a precise refinement in spiritual development.


In Gen. 1.26-30, Adam is given authority over that which God had already created.  In Gen. 2.16-17, God tells Adam about the Tree of Life and the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Bad, and of that which he may and may not eat.  Concerning the second tree, this scripture indicates that discernment or wisdom will be required.  In simple terms, God has denied nothing to Adam, it is simply that he must wait.  Experience sharpens discernment, and so in Gen. 2.19-20 Adam gains his first increment into Experience—Adam is given authority to name the beasts of the field.  Scripture thus associates the authority to name and the attribute of discernment as to the proper way to proceed.


Adam blames “the woman you gave me”
for having eaten the fruit from the Tree of the
Knowledge of Good and Evil. Interestingly,
 Eve is later given her actual name (Gn. 3.20).
Adam abdicates his responsibility.
It is he who is told about the Tree of Good and
Evil (Bad) (Gn. 2.17). “The Woman” arrives in Gn. 2.19.


In the above ‘order of events’ discernment (wisdom) as to good and bad now take on new importance.  Every day we discern and we name.  Authority for what we have named is assumed.  It becomes ours.  We are responsible for what we have named.  The responsibility for our naming appears in the form of cause and effect, or how life returns to us in circumstance.  Without the power to name neither God nor we would have spiritual power, as nothing could be clearly defined.  For us, the world would remain as a phenomenon, but without order or meaning, much as we observe and perceive the consciousness of animals to be.

What you release from your mouth will begin to define you, and will begin to define your life, regardless of how high or low at the moment your spiritual condition may be.  There is a certain hope for all men, for no matter who, all are accepted upon the pathway.  Events in your life will appear because of how you speak, much as they did for Adam and Eve.  By how you speak, the order of your life, the order of events, becomes defined.

Through Adam’s inheritance, this power to name is delivered unto all of mankind.  Adam has the spirit and light of God imbued within him, or ‘blown into him’.  His spoken word is animated by the spirit within, that which gives life to the soul, and thus through the spirit gives meaning and power to his naming.  Since Adam was fully awakened, the power of his naming was full and complete.  Just as with Adam and Eve in the garden, just as with Jesus, the more awakened a soul is the more powerful his or her naming becomes!  The previous sentence is very important and partially explains why the fall from a higher condition can be swift and devastating, just as Adam and Eve discovered.

God delivers His first great gift as he bequeathed to Adam the power to name.  Many gifts are mentioned in the Hebrew Bible and the New Testament, but the giftedness of the Power of the Spoken Word cannot be emphasized enough for those who Walk in the Way.  It is the one gift all people possess!




We also demonstrate our individuality as the power to name goes before us.  If we name to the good then the basis for good becomes ordered; if we name to the bad then a like order is established.  If we name to the good on one occasion and name to the bad upon the next, to love and then to curse–the veritable mixed fruit–then a mixed order will follow.  We are then left to discern good from bad in our daily life as these mixed results reflect back to us.  Only confusion can result from such naming.  


Be clear and consistent when you speak the Word.



The spoken word should be used to rectify a person’s pathway or soul nature, and is a most important power indeed, for it can completely change the speaker’s whole life.  Remember, speaking the Word resides as an act of creation, much as when first spoken (thought-expression) by God, “Let there be light.”   

With attentiveness (discernment) a person’s whole life may be recreated by the spoken word.  Without the pathway created by the spoken word, no pathway unfolds before us.  Our actions meander as our moods may strike us.  What action is the person really taking?  Are they haphazard?  What is the spiritual order of your life?  Easy it becomes for a pathway to fall into mixed and stumbling steps, and without clarity, something most of us have experienced.  Likewise, if the door to be opened is not named, the door you seek to enter remains hidden, and your direction and purpose become blunted.  Walking in the Way requires teaching and a pathway to apply the teaching.  Speaking and pathway run similarly.

Because the spirit of God gave us this power, naming produces a basic order or pattern which the spirit must honor.  Thus, clarity and discernment in our spoken word create a broader pathway for the spirit to enhance us, whether we always perceive this activity or not.  Proper speaking allows the spirit to proceed with a certain purpose and direction.  This purpose or direction may expand into many circumstances unknown to us as well, whether dealing with our personal or spiritual life, or the circumstances of our life.

In John 4.19-29, this example of expansion is well-drawn, concerning the woman at the well.  It begins with, “Sir, I perceive thou art a prophet.”  It ends with her going into the village and proclaiming, “Is not this the Christ?”  This section of scripture is worth studying closely.  How this scripture carefully unfolds provides an insightful view of the progression of expansive events.  Even though Jesus and the woman only converse, the power of the conversation moves far beyond the well.  

Just as Adam and Eve both accepted the mixed fruit of the Tree of Forbidden Knowledge, and then named the fruit ‘good’, mixed consciousness entered their mind.  Adam and Eve fell from the illuminated state of consciousness to the darkness of self-consciousness, from spirit consciousness into an immersion into physical consciousness.  They were in effect then split apart, and not whole or at one with God.  Their light left them, which is the more correct interpretation of the biblical reference, “they knew that they were naked” (Gn. 3.7).  ‘Light’ and  ‘power’ are somewhat synonymous.  Adam and Eve became ‘naked’ and lost both.

Over a period of years, our speaking may show itself in a moment of circumstance that will ‘make us or break us’.  Our nature may be impatient, even rash, or arrogant and condescending, with words that are sure to follow.  The lesson is straightforward, our circumstances not only proceed out of what we do but also how we speak and name before we act.  Thus, our naming orders circumstance.  Unfolding circumstances reflect what soul nature is being activated.

In the garden narrative, God sets the creation of the garden.  However, and just as with Adam, the naming of our personal garden becomes an individual exercise of spirit manifest, of which the responsibility rests with the individual.  For each man and woman, how we name ourselves and our world becomes a constructive power for soul growth, and a power intended for our use.

View the gift and power to name as one faculty of enlightenment.  It allows us to take authority over our circumstances and even more importantly over ourselves.  For the effectiveness of the enlightened mind of man, this one great gift must be exercised.


God Bless!

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