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Revelation 3:13


13 He that hath [echo] an ear, [ous] let him hear [akouo] what [tis] the Spirit [pneuma] saith [lego] unto the churches. [ekklesia]    KJV-Interlinear

13 'He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.'    NASB

The same exhortation is stated here again, ‘he who has an ear,’ is an expression which emphasizes the responsibility of the individual Christian to heed Gods Word in scripture. 

Some might even be skipping this study because I repeat so much of what has already been said.

God has issued you a mandate in this verse, now for the sixth time, to heed, to listen, to hear, to learn, to understand, and to grow up as a result.If you are not interested in doctrine, then you are in violation of this mandate.  If you do not pursue your daily study, then you are in violation of this mandate.

So, you as a Christian, have an obligation to learn truth.You should want to learn truth.It should not be forced on you.And if your interest is not in truth, then your interest is in other than truth, namely lies.  For that is all that is left, when truth is rejected.

And unless you are an instructor, or unless you know it all already, then your mandate is to be a student and to listen and to learn.   Even instructors are students at some point in their life, and should approach their studies objectively and thoroughly for their entire life.

But this is directed toward the entire church of believers.Have an ear, listen, be objective, do not bind yourself with false notions or wives tales, and certainly do not restrict your spiritual education because of an adherence to things that are not true.

Let the Christian, hear what the ‘Spirit says to the Churches.’This did not say what Christ said to the Churches.This did not say what Christ said to the Spirit.  It said, what the Spirit says.

Your spiritual life functions only when you are in fellowship.In order to get into fellowship you must confess your sins to God the Father.  You are to do this on a regular basis in order to remain in fellowship as much as possible.  The study of confession and fellowship is more detailed in the 1 John study.

When in fellowship, the Holy Spirit has control over your soul.When out of fellowship, your sin nature has control over your soul.

When in fellowship, all communication from God, through doctrine, is transmitted into your human spirit, and into your soul, by means of the Holy Spirit.Therefore, all doctrine is taught by the Holy Spirit.  He is the primary communicator of truth.

Therefore, you are to listen to the Spirit, which means to be in fellowship so that the ministry of the Holy Spirit will function properly for your spiritual life. You do not have any unusual feelings or sensations, for you cannot sense or detect anything of a spiritual nature from this temporal world.Those who say they have Spirit ecstatic moments are frauds.

The word for Churches is plural and therefore, is a message to all Christians.

And so we now review briefly.

The seventh and last church is yet to be studied, but it is the worst of the worst, of the churches.

The church at Laodicea represents the worst of the apostate churches that have existed throughout history.  It is the last and worst of the seven churches addressed. The downward spiral that began at Ephesus, continued through Pergamum, Thyatira, and Sardis, reached the bottom at Laodicea. But, as far as can be determined, the church at Laodicea was a totally unregenerate, false church. It has the grim distinction of being the only one of the seven for whom Christ has no positive word of commendation.  Due to the drastic nature of the situation at Laodicea, this is also the most threatening of the seven letters.

As for the first six churches here is the summary of what we have studied thus far.

The seven churches: Ephesus, Smyrna, Pergamum, Thyatira, Sardis, Philadelphia, and Laodicea.

Their failures or accomplishments:

Ephesus, they abandoned the mandate to pursue doctrine, but pursued the habits (deeds) of activity instead of doctrinal study.  They forgot their priorities.

Smyrna, there will be those who will suffer great persecutions in life, even a premature death which prevents them from living a long and full life.Do not ever be discouraged.

Pergamum, many chose to compromise Biblical principles and co-mingle worldly values into their life.

Thyatira, a greater compromise with worldly influences.

Sardis, spiritual indifference, failure to function properly in their spiritual life.

Philadelphia, failure to pursue ones spiritual life, but that door, that opportunity is never closed until you leave this world, do not lose your eternal rewards (crowns).

Laodicea – yet to be studied.

The rewards offered:

Ephesus, an eternal blessing package designed specifically for the mature believer (tree of life), and an exclusive access to a phenomenal Paradise in heaven.

Smyrna, there is a special reward (crown of life) for those who die early in life (war, accident, crime, etc), but have been faithful during their short time in this world.

Pergamum, advanced doctrine (hidden manna), sole ownership of a blessing designed specifically for you and only you (white stone), a greater personal identity (new name).

Thyatira, authority or rule over the millennial nations with complete fairness and justice, a unique possession of Christ within you.

Sardis, assurance of the guarantee of salvation and a place in heaven, despite ones miserable failure in their spiritual life, on this earth.

Philadelphia, exclusion from the tribulation, stability and strength in doctrine (pillars), the security of Gods ownership of your life, the permanent foundation of doctrine within you (new city), and a blessing that is yet to be identified (new name of Christ).

Laodicea – yet to be studied.

And so, many threats exist to distract you away from your spiritual life, but there are many promises, rewards and blessings that are there for the taking, if you will only commit your life to God, to Christ, to doctrine, and to your daily spiritual life.  You just have to decide how badly you want your (beyond imagination) eternal life.


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