We serve a speaking God. Jesus speaks to his church and reveals his will. Apart from this specific revelation of Christ, we would surely be lost.
A local church in submission to Christ can surely expect to hear from him if she so desires. We did. We heard.
The specificity with which we heard is refreshing and enlightening. So what did we hear? It wasn’t so much a pass or fail as it was a course correction. We were affirmed in our pursuit of truth, fight for sexual purity, and dedication to one another. We were called on to a greater appreciation of Christ’s headship, a stronger body life, prayerful dependence upon him, more focused discipleship, and a communication of our gospel message.
Going forward, insofar as we walk in what we have heard, we enjoy fellowship with him and blessing on the work. If we are unable to properly assess what has happened, there is nothing left but a casual drift which invariably leads to irrelevance and a disconnect with reality.
To the point we now turn. Seven times Jesus says to the churches of Asia Minor “He who has an ear, let him hear…” Seven times Jesus says to the churches of Asia Minor “to the one who conquers…”
The first saying is an invitation to whomever to take heed. It contains the promise of greater intimacy with Christ if the “hearer” will but obey. The second saying is an encouragement to the ones who press forward in obedience. Will all conquer? We do not know. For those who do, a gift from God awaits them.
The questions before us as individuals are two-fold. One, are we able to hear? Two, are we among those who conquer?
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