“He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches.” (Revelation 3:13)
Did you hear what Jesus said to the Philadelphia church? Do you have an ear to hear it? It takes a spiritual ear to hear, and being spiritual does not just mean that you have a religious, so called “Christian” spirit.
“And the spirit of the LORD shall rest upon him, the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and might, the spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the LORD; And shall make him of quick understanding in the fear of the LORD: and he shall not judge after the sight of his eyes, neither reprove after the hearing of his ears: But with righteousness shall he judge the poor, and reprove with equity for the meek of the earth: and he shall smite the earth: with the rod of his mouth, and with the breath of his lips shall he slay the wicked. And righteousness shall be the girdle of his loins, and faithfulness the girdle of his reins.” (Isaiah 11:2-5)
This scripture above is a prophesy about Jesus, and it shows how Jesus is spiritual. It takes the “fear of the LORD” and it takes living right and being faithful. To be spiritual we must follow in the footsteps of the Savior.
If you are spiritual, with an ear to hear, you also have the ability to restore another to full salvation from sin, while being able to avoid the same temptations that previously took the one you have restored.
“Brethren, if a man be overtaken in a fault, ye which are spiritual, restore such an one in the spirit of meekness; considering thyself, lest thou also be tempted.” (Galatians 6:1)
Read the prior posts about what Jesus has to say to Philadelphia. Does it make sense? Is there a witness to your soul of the truth of what Jesus has to say, and the scriptures that agree with what he has to say? Or – is it hidden from you?
“But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him. But God hath revealed them unto us by his Spirit: for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God. For what man knoweth the things of a man, save the spirit of man which is in him? even so the things of God knoweth no man, but the Spirit of God. Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the spirit which is of God; that we might know the things that are freely given to us of God. Which things also we speak, not in the words which man’s wisdom teacheth, but which the Holy Ghost teacheth; comparing spiritual things with spiritual. But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned. (1 Corinthians 2:9-14)
Spiritually discerned. This is important because the key warning to Philadelphia is “Behold, I come quickly: hold that fast which thou hast, that no man take thy crown.” If we do not know how to discern spiritually, we will be led away by a false “spiritual” person, in the form of a popular religious preacher or leader.
“And he that keepeth his commandments dwelleth in him, and he in him. And hereby we know that he abideth in us, by the Spirit which he hath given us. Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world. Hereby know ye the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesseth that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is of God: And every spirit that confesseth not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is not of God: and this is that spirit of antichrist, whereof ye have heard that it should come; and even now already is it in the world.” (1 John 3:24 – 4:3)
Has Jesus come to live in YOUR flesh? Does he reign on your heart? Are you his faithful and obedient servant? If not, you already are under the influence of a false spirit, and that false spirit could be the influence of a false religious leader, or it may just be your own personal opinion. It really does not matter if Jesus is not King of kings and Lord of lords in your heart.
For the sixth, and second to last time he states again: “do you have an ear to hear spiritual things?” When the Holy Spirit speaks to your heart need, others may not have a clue that it is happening, but Jesus is completely aware and he is watching what you are doing with it. Do you have a heart to hear and obediently act upon what God has shown you? If you do, eventually others will know. Are you ashamed that they would know? I hope not, because then Jesus will be ashamed of you.
How spiritual are you? Can you hear?