Malachi 3:16-18 English Standard Version

The Book of Remembrance

16 Then those who feared the Lord spoke with one another. The Lord paid attention and heard them, and a book of remembrance was written before him of those who feared the Lord and esteemed his name. 17 “They shall be mine, says the Lord of hosts, in the day when I make up my treasured possession, and I will spare them as a man spares his son who serves him. 18 Then once more you shall see the distinction between the righteous and the wicked, between one who serves God and one who does not serve him.

Focus on verse 16 where we can see that what is written in the book of remembrances is based on conversation we have with one another. Verse 17 quickly identifies us as His. At the end of verse 17 is a notable comment about His treasured possession that is still in the process of being made in the sense of the future.

Is His treasured possession His bride?

Following that line of thinking then seeing the distinctions between the right and wrong could be defined as discernment.

Hebrews 5:14 English Standard Version (ESV) But solid food is for the mature, for those who have their powers of discernment trained by constant practice to distinguish good from evil.

Hebrews tells us that discernment has to be put into practice in order to be developed for the power of good. Training of discernment will produce maturity by making mistakes. Every error teaches us more and more about our gift of discernment.

1 Samuel 3:8 English Standard Version (ESV) And the Lord called Samuel again the third time. And he arose and went to Eli and said, “Here I am, for you called me.” Then Eli perceived that the Lord was calling the boy.

Discernment is a perception of the spirit moving in others.

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