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Hear the words of Jesus
by Dr. George JacobTherefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock: And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell not: for it was founded upon a rock, MAT 7:24-25. The man that hears and does is greatly blessed. It is a great blessing when God gives spiritual eyes to see and ears to hear as Jesus said in MAT 13:16-17, "But blessed are your eyes, for they see: and your ears, for they hear." It is talking of a spiritual hearing. Hearing with the literal ear has no salvation in it. We must hear with a spiritual ear that is accompanied with the grace to do those things He commands us to do. We must have eyes to see the self-righteous beam which is in our own eye. We must have the eyes to see the fountain of corruption that rests within our own soul by nature. The more we see the fountain of corruption that dwells within us, the more gracious we are to our fellow man. We stop coming with that judgmental spirit. V:17 continues, "For verily I say unto you, That many prophets and righteous men have desired to see those things which ye see, and have not seen them; and to hear those things which ye hear, and have not heard them." The gospel of Christ that was brought forth, the mystery of salvation that was kept secret from the foundation of the world, is now being proclaimed in these verses by the Lord Jesus Christ. He is proclaiming it throughout His Sermon on the Mount. Spiritual hearing leads to conversion that is one of the most misunderstood words in the Christian vocabulary. From most pulpits the word conversion is supposed to mean the work of regeneration that happens within the soul by the work of the Holy Spirit, but with no reference to the renewing of the spirit of your mind, i.e., the putting on of the new man. The work of regeneration is distinguishable from the work of conversion. The work of regeneration brings about conversion. Conversion begins with the exercise of saving faith. There is no conversion without the obedience of faith. The obedience of faith is in fact, conversion. It is a change of the attitude and the person; it is stopping the lying, bickering, stealing, cheating, and coming against our fellow man. It is the obedience of faith. MAT 13:15 says, "For this people's heart is waxed gross, and their ears are dull of hearing, and their eyes they have closed; lest at any time they should see with their eyes and hear with their ears, and should understand with their heart, and should be converted, and I should heal them." To be converted means to come to a change of attitude, become a new man, to have the new man created within the heart to be renewed in the spirit of the mind, cf., EPH 4: 17-24. Hearing with spiritual ears leads to reconciliation as we see in MAT 18:16-17, "But if he will not hear thee, then take with thee one or two more, that in the mouth of two or three witnesses every word may be established. And if he shall neglect to hear them, tell it unto the church: but if he neglect to hear the church, let him be unto thee as an heathen man and a publican." Hearing must bring about a change of attitude. We may not count that person as a Christian brother if he refuses to hear and do those things that are spoken by Jesus.
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