Aug6SunAugust 6, 2017
Jesus is the expressed image of the invisible God (Col 1:15). He is the expressed image of the love of God (Jn 3:16; I Jn 4:8, 16). He is the incarnate word of God (Jn 1:1, 14). Jesus said, “I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.” He came not to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.
God sent His Son for our benefit. He is the same yesterday, and today, and forever. Whatever we have need of, He is well able to provide. Although this is true (God cannot lie), so many of His people are hurt, wounded, impotent, and incomplete. In seeing we see, but don’t perceive. In hearing we hear, but don’t understand. God has even raised up some of the greatest of Preachers to proclaim His Gospel, but the condition and state for many have gone unchanged.
Without a “heart change” there can be no “life change”. The condition of the heart is changed by what we see and hear. What we see is what we perceive (identify with); what we hear is what we comprehend (know, understand). These register upon the tablets of our heart and produce the actions of our lives and the words of our mouths. God gives us a new heart but the condition or state of the heart still depends on what we see and hear. Remember, “faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the WORD OF GOD” (Rom 10:17).
If we become “dull of hearing” when it comes to the Word of God, our lives will reflect it. We may be in church/service, but the CHURCH is not in us. In this case, association is meaningless. But if we follow the teaching, “He that hath an EAR, let him HEAR what the SPIRIT SAITH unto the CHURCHES” we will see, hear, and experience the Glory of God! The phrase or statement “He that hath an ear…” is mentioned seven times (God’s number of perfection and completion) in the book of The Revelation of Jesus Christ to the seven churches (chapters 2:7, 11, 17, 29; 3:6, 13, 22). Why seven? Because it’s important and Jesus does not want us to “miss it”! He does not want us to “miss the mark”!
The Spirit within us does not have time for us to “miss it” or “miss the mark”. He’s accurate, perfect, complete – He’s God! He that is in us brings us to perfection so that we don’t “miss it” or “miss the mark”. So when we give a word, or prophesy, a tongue, or an interpretation that is inaccurate we “miss it”. If we make something up we “miss the mark”. We may all prophesy one by one that we may learn, and all may be comforted (I Cor 14:31). But whether we “miss it” or “miss the mark”, let’s be quick to repent. To “miss it” is unintentional error. To “miss the mark” is sin, willful transgression.