Spiritual Ears


"Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and dine with him and he with Me." (Revelation 3:20)

 In this verse we see three things. First, the Lord Jesus was standing at the door of the church knocking. He was not in the Laodicean church. He was on the outside wanting in. The door was closed to the Spirit of the Lord. "God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth." (John 4:24)

Every church has a specific character. The characteristic of the Laodicean church was that it was lukewarm. It trusted in its wealth; it was self-sufficient. It was shamefully naked spiritually in that those on the outside could see right through them. Spiritually they were wretched, miserable, poor, blind and naked.

 Second, the Lord was looking for just one person in the church who had spiritual ears to hear His voice and open the door. How do we get spiritual ears to hear the voice of the Lord? First of all, we must be born again; we must have a regenerated spirit. God communes with us in our spirit not in our flesh, or in our mind, which is the soul. The Holy Spirit expresses His feeling through our spirit's delicate sense. He does not operate directly on our minds, suddenly inducing us to think of something. All His works are done in our innermost depths. It is possible to have a regenerated spirit and choose to walk in the flesh.

 That was the problem in the Laodicean church, and God could not meet with them. it is possible to have a regenerated spirit and choose to know Him intellectually. Bible knowledge is important, but without spiritual application it is only head knowledge that leads to foolish pride.

 The third point that we see in this verse is that the Lord promises to come in and commune with the one who has spiritual ears. Notice that the Lord did not say that He would commune with everyone in the church, only the one who had spiritual ears and would open the door and let Him in. God designed man's spirit to receive His life and to commune with Him. It is His desire to renew man's darkened spirit by imparting life to it, and then to work out from the spirit to permeate man's soul (mind, will, emotions) and body. One who is regenerated not only receives a new spirit through a life-producing relationship with God, but also receives the eternal, unchangeable abiding of God's Holy Spirit.

 What about it? Will you be the person who will listen with spiritual ears and will open the door and let Him in? Will you be the one that He is looking for?

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