Posted by: missionventureministries | February 2, 2017

HE WHO HAS EARS TO HEAR, LET HIM HEAR! – Matthew 11:15

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The Lord Jesus Christ must have considered this persuasive and powerful way of communication to be of great importance, because it appears eight times in the four gospels and seven times in Revelation, all spoken by Christ Himself—as well as one more time apparently uttered by the Apostle John in Revelation 13:9.  

It is urgent, therefore, that people not just “hear” God’s Word as the saying goes “in one ear and out the other,” but really hear it, with understanding minds, believing hearts and obedient lives. 

What does hearing mean? 

  • It implies a willingness to listen, to pay attention.
  • It implies a committed sincerity to hear what is being said.

Jesus said: “Very truly I tell you, whoever hears my word and believes Him who sent me has eternal life and will not be judged but has crossed over from death to life” (John 5:24). Hearing God’s message with believing minds and hearts means the contrast of either going to heaven or hell. 

Jesus also said, “My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me: And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand” (John 10:27-28). Our Lord not only promised us everlasting life, but also assures us that the life of the believer is truly everlasting and can never be taken away from us. 

We need to read the Scriptures because to hear the voice of our Savior Jesus Christ we need to be grounded in the Word. We need to become aware of His great love and the price He paid on the cross for us, so that one day we can join Him in heaven and spend eternity with Him. Jesus said: “Most assuredly, I say to you, the hour is coming, and now is, when the dead will hear the voice of the Son of God; and those who hear will live. 26 For as the Father has life in Himself, so He has granted the Son to have life in Himself, 27 and has given Him authority to execute judgment also, because He is the Son of Man. 28 Do not marvel at this; for the hour is coming in which all who are in the graves will hear His voice 29 and come forth—those who have done good, to the resurrection of life, and those who have done evil, to the resurrection of condemnation.” (John 5:25-29) Everyone will hear Him at that time and for most people, it will be too late.  

In 1 Thessalonians 4:16-17 we read: “For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of an archangel, and with the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first. 17 Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And thus we shall always be with the Lord.” Here we read about the ones that were and those that are true to His Word and listen and obeyed what He says. 

“He who has ears to hear, let him hear!” is a vital warning that listeners need to take into consideration very carefully, because, seeking God’s truth takes energy and focus; it takes a willingness to be challenged and to changed. 

Hearing God’s words and not putting them into practice is like the foolish man who built his house upon sand 27 and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it fell. And great was its fall (Matthew 7:26-27).  And Romans 10:17 tell us that “faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.” 

If we do not listen we will miss out on what God has for us. Unfortunately, most people who call themselves Christians do not listen to what the Spirit says to them or to the churches. They prefer to follow their own whims, the latest trend, or the traditions of men. 

The only way to really be a Christian is to hear what the Spirit says and to obey Him. Jesus explained that the family of God consists of those who listen to the Father: “My mother and My brothers are those who hear the word of God and do it” (Luke 8:21). He also said: “He who is of God hears God’s words” (John 8:47); “My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me” (John 10:27); “Everyone who is of the truth hears My voice” (John 18:37). 

Jesus said: “If you abide in My word, you are My disciples indeed. 32 you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.” (John 8:32) 

Are we listening to our Father? Are we willing hearers of the word of God? 

Hearing and obeying carries a great responsibility, which is followed by rewards that are out of this world. Therefore, he who has ears to hear let him hear!

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