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Daily Devotional

A Hearing Ear
He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches.
Backsliders begin with dusty Bibles and end with filthy garments.
C. H. Spurgeon
It is striking that the Lord Jesus used the expression He that hath ears to hear, let him hear (or, If any man have . . .) on seven different occasions during His earthly ministry. In the book of Revelation we learn that He used a very similar expression on seven occasions as He spoke from the throne of glory to His churches on earth.

The message is clear: the Lord Jesus Christ is insistent that His people attend to His Word. He demanded this while He was with them in the flesh. That sounds natural and reasonable. Which of us can imagine being inattentive or careless if we were listening to the Son of God speaking directly to us? But He demands the very same attention from us to the written Word. What He has to say to His churches is given to us in that Word. The Lord Jesus assures us that what is written there is what the Spirit saith unto the churches.

Here is His challenge: You should pay the same close attention to what the Bible says as you would to anything spoken by the Lord Jesus Himself were He present with you in the flesh. Is that how you treat the Scriptures? You cannot pretend to be obedient to Christ while you are inattentive to His written Word.

To have an ear means to have the capability and willingness to receive Gods truth. Unregenerate men are spiritually deaf. They need Christ to open their ears and give them faith to receive His saving truth. Sadly, some Christians who have the capacity to hear are dull [or, slothful] of hearing (Heb. 5:11). It is not inability that hinders you from receiving and profiting from the Scriptures. It is slothfulness or unwillingness.

The Spirit is still speaking to the churches. The written Word still carries His message to all His people. Take heed that you hear, take heed what you hear, and take heed how?you hear (see Mark 4:24; Luke 8:18).
Daily devotions are from the book "Eagle's Wings" published by the Free Presbyterian Church.
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