Yeshua Jesus came to seek and save the lost. We live in a fallen lost world. Most are so lost that they do not even know they are lost! When we live the worlds’ ways, we are deceived. The Truth is not in us. Yeshua Jesus comes to warn us of the deception and instruct us in the truth!
When Yeshua Jesus warns and instructs these churches in Revelation (chapters 2-3), He ends His messages with “He who has an ear to hear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches”. Do you have ears to hear? Are you listening to the Spirit?
First, let’s remember that the Father, Yeshua Jesus, and the Holy Spirit are ONE. They speak with the same voice. Then, remember that John was “in the spirit” when he received this vision and message in the book of the Revelation of Yeshua Jesus. Now, do you sense that it is highly important for you to really pay attention and listen? Do you recognize the voice of the Holy Spirit?
Now, go back and think about what Yeshua Jesus said when He promised He would send the Comforter/Helper, the Holy Spirit after He returned to heaven. He said…
“Nevertheless I tell you the truth. It is to your advantage that I go away; for if I do not go away, the Helper will not come to you; but if I depart, I will send Him to you. And when He has come, He will convict the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment: of sin, because they do not believe in Me; of righteousness, because I go to My Father and you see Me no more; of judgment, because the ruler of this world is judged.
I still have many things to say to you, but you cannot bear them now. However, when He, the Spirit of truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth; for He will not speak on His own authority, but whatever He hears He will speak; and He will tell you things to come. He will glorify Me, for He will take of what is Mine and declare it to you. All things that the Father has are Mine. Therefore I said that He will take of Mine and declare it to you.” John 16: 7-14
Notice what the Holy Spirit speaks about. He speaks God’s Word and glorifies Yeshua Jesus. He convicts of sin so people believe and trust Yeshua Jesus; of righteousness so people have a guide to right behavior, and of judgment because Satan and the evil in the world have been judged. When people hear His warnings and are convicted by the Holy Spirit of sin, righteousness, and judgment, they will realize their need for Yeshua Jesus the Savior….and turn towards Him and away from the world! Yeshua calls these churches (people) to repentence.
When the Holy Spirit is doing this kind of convicting, it pierces the soul…the very inner most part of a person….and not just a mental believing in doctrine. Peter points this out in His speech after the Holy Spirit entered into Him at Pentecost. In Acts 2:37, it says that people were , “cut to the heart”. The Truth may first change the mind, but it quickly cuts to the heart! How often did Yeshus Jesus preach and teach that being His follower was more than legal regulations, sacrifices, or mental assent, but rather it needs to go heart deep? It goes to our core and changes us completely (new creation in Christ). The Holy Spirit speaks to and touches the heart as well as the mind!
This process continues to our becoming more like Yehsua Jesus in His righteousness. The Holy Spirit convicts and corrects us in order to remove us from the world’s ways and into the kingdom of Yeshua Jesus ways! He is our Helper. Hear His voice! His voice is not wispy and romantic with much flattery…it is the stern passionate love voice of our Heavenly Father! He speaks saving Truth! Listen to His Word that is sharper than a two edged sword. Hebrews 4:12, “For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.” Remember that Yeshua Jesus is coming to you in a white robe of righteousness, with piercing eyes of blazing fire, and burnished bronze feet. Hear His voice! Hear what the Spirit is saying!
Now, are you ready to hear the voice of the Holy Spirit in those 7 messages in the book of the Revelation of Yeshua Jesus, the Truth? Be strong and of good courage to face what is really real in the world and trying to overtake your life! Be deceived no longer. Press your heart into Yeshua Jesus that He would help you be close and strong in Him… and an overcomer against evil!
He who has ears to hear, let him hear what the Spirit says!
(Next time, we will take a closer look at what the Holy Spirit is saying to each of us as individuals.)