“He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says.”
This exact statement is made at the end of each message. Such repetition tells us that the concept is important. Let’s take it apart.
He who has an ear: Apparently, not everyone has an ear—at least not this kind, the kind that hears what the Spirit says.
let him hear: Seems like a bit of a ‘duh’ statement, but take a look through some of the other passages where ‘hear’ and ‘ear’ are found, and you’ll see that not everyone with ears hears. Some stop up their ears so they can do what they want.
what the Spirit says: This is important. Yes, John is the writer of the Revelation. But there is an ‘and’. John is the writer AND the Spirit is the speaker. John 16:12-14 tells us that the Spirit is the one who would guide the Apostles into all truth. When the Spirit speaks, we must listen. When the Word speaks, we must listen.
to the churches: Each message is crafted for the individual congregation, but each message is spoken and is to be heard by all the congregations. I think this extends today. We today, in 2005, who have an ear, MUST hear what the Spirit is saying to the churches.
So, when we look at the messages to the seven churches, what stands out? I see four activities that are important to God:
- Knowing the truth
- Defending the truth
- Loving each other
- Loving God
Given all of this, what do these churches need to hear? In other words, what is the purpose of the rest of Revelation? Here's the tentative answer: some of the churches need comfort and others need comfort. Do the visions in 4:1-22:5 fill that need? We shall see.
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