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#85 Spiritual Ears that Hear God

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We come to the end of Jesus’ discourse on discipleship in Luke 14:35 –

ESV: He who has ears to hear, let him hear.
AMP: He who has ears to hear, let him listen and consider and comprehend by hearing.

The ‘ear’ does not refer to the physical ear but to the mind of the spirit – the faculty of the born-again child of God – that is able to grasp and consider deeply Christ’s words so as to obey. Your ear is a hearing of that which is spiritual, what God reveals to you.

The Holy Spirit uses this phrase 13 times in the New Testament: He who has ears, let him hear.

At the end of His teaching about discipleship, Jesus throws the matter back to us, to the realm of free choice. You can grasp or…not absorb what He offers. To ‘listen’ in the Greek is more than reading or hearing: it is to understand and then obey. If our hearing is not a crisis of obedience, we have not heard. We have ‘read’ but not ‘heard.’

Hearing is the great central issue of the Christian’s walk. What you hear, WHO you hear, is a matter of your life or death. Your delusion or reality. Your health or sickness. Your being a disciple or not being a disciple. All hinges on your hearing God’s voice.

Jesus resisted temptation to initiate a miracle by His absolute hold on God’s voice. “Man shall not live by bread alone but by every word that comes from the mouth of God” (Mt. 4:4).

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