He Who Has Ears, Let Him Hear

In Matthew 11:15, Jesus said, “who has ears to hear let him hear! What does it mean to hear the the teachings of Jesus?

What should we learn from Jesus‘s statement that those who have ears to hear should hear?

Listen carefully to Jesus’s Teachings

Those who have ears to hear must listen to the gospel of Jesus. The only way to be saying it’s a learn what the gospel says about salvation.

John 6:44-45 – “In order to come to Jesus each person must be taught. We met here and learn from the father.”

Romans 10:17 – “ so then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.”

God has never taught the condition of salvation to any lost sinner by a direct revelation from the Holy Spirit or by asking directly on the sinner’s heart apart from the word. God decreed that people burn the truth by big talk that inspired message of the gospel given by inspired men.

But some who hear the teaching will resist it.

2 Thessalonians 2:10-12 – Some do not believe the truth, but have pleasure in and unrighteousness. The gospel is designed so that such people will reject the truth. Note that people rejected the gospel, not because it is not true and not because there is no adequate evidence for it but those of attitude problems in peoples hearts.

Other people attend church meetings but still you not listen. Instead they daydream or worse yet visit with their neighbors and distract others.

What is your attitude toward gospels truth? Will you reject it because you are to involved in things that please you? Where are you willing to listen and carefully consider, even when it contradicts your former ideas?

Understand with an honest heart

Having ears to hear also requires us to sincerely seek and understand the message.

Matthew 13:23 – In the parable of the sower, the good soil represents those who hear and understand the word and bring forth good fruit.

Yet some reject the gospel when they hear it so they do not understand.

Matthew 13:13-16 – Some hear but don’t understand because they close their ears and harden their hearts. Mini do not want to deny their own desires, change their way of living, or sacrifice their will to serve God. This will reject the teaching, and may not even understand it.

In which category are you?

Respond properly: Believe and obey

How many years to here also mean we must be willing to accept and obey the message.

2 Kings 17:13-15 – God rebuke Israel because they would not hear his law, but suffered and rejected his Statutes etc… They had Minto God’s word by the prophet, but simply did not obey.

Luke 11:28 – …What are those who hear the word of the Lord and keep it.,

Matthew 13-23 – The good soil refers to those who hear and understand a word and bear fruit (do the deed of the Lord).

Again, some people reject the message and refuse to obey.

Luke 6:46-49 – Those who hear and obey Jesus’s word or like a white builder, whose house survive the storm because it was built on a good foundation. Those who hear but don’t obey our building on the sand which will be washed away. Which one are you?

James 1:22-25 – If we do not do what the word says, we are like the man who looks in the mirror it does nothing about the problem he sees in his appearance. What good does it do look if we cannot correct the faults we find?

God created His word to produce understanding, faith, and obedience in the lives of those who have receptive hearts. But he also created each person with the power to choose. The gospel does not violate that power; It appeals to it. God designed the word to attract those who have open hearts but who repel those who are determined to continue in sin.

Revelation 3:20, Jesus died for us, and now He stands at the door of our hearts knocking. He asks you to receive Him and the salvation He offers. But He will never force His way in. You must make the choice to hear His voice and open the door. You do this by believing in Jesus, repainting your sins, turning away from them, confessing Jesus, and being baptized. Then you must continue to live a faithful life.

The choice is yours: “He who has ears to hear, let him hear.”

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