If any man have ears to hear, let him hear.
The importance of hearing, and of considering well what we hear. This is a point to which our Lord evidently attaches great weight. We have seen it already brought out in the parable of the sower. We see it here enforced in two remarkable expressions. “If any man have an ear to hear, let him hear.” “Take heed what you hear.”
Hearing the truth is one principal avenue through which grace is conveyed to the soul of man. “Faith comes by hearing.” (Rom. 10:17.) One of the first steps towards conversion is to receive from the Spirit a hearing ear. Seldom are men brought to repentance and faith in Christ without “hearing.” The general rule is that of which Paul reminds the Ephesians, “you also trusted, after you HEARD the word of truth.” (Eph. 1:13.)
Let us bear this in mind when we hear preaching decried as a means of grace. There are never lacking men who seek to cast it down from the high place which the Bible gives it. There are many who proclaim loudly that it is of far more importance to the soul to hear liturgical forms read, and to receive the Lord’s Supper, than to hear God’s word expounded. Of all such notions let us beware. Let it be a settled principle with us that “hearing the word,” is one of the foremost means of grace that God has given to man. Let us give to every other means and ordinance its proper value and proportion. But never let us forget the words of Paul, “despise not prophesyings,” and his dying charge to Timothy, “Preach the word.” (1 Thess. 5:20; 2 Tim. 4:2.)
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