A HEARING PROBLEM BY STEVE FINNELL
Why do so many reject Jesus as the Christ? Why do the majority fail to recognize God's plan of salvation? Why do others simply twist, distort, and pervert the gospel? Why? Because they have a hearing problem!
The majority of the Jews had a hearing problem.
Matthew 13:13-14 Therefore I speak to them in parables; because while seeing they do not see, and while hearing they do not hear, nor do they understand. 14 In their case the prophecy of Isaiah is being fulfilled, which says, YOU WILL KEEP ON HEARING, BUT YOU WILL NOT UNDERSTAND, YOU WILL KEEP ON SEEING, BUT YOU WILL NOT PERCEIVE:
Why did the majority of the Jews have a hearing problem?
Matthew 13:15 FOR THE HEART OF THIS PEOPLE HAS BECOME DULL, WITH THEIR EARS THEY SCARCELY HEAR, AND THEY HAVE CLOSED THEIR EYES, OTHERWISE, THEY THEY WOULD SEE WITH THEIR EYES, HEAR WITH THEIR EARS, AND UNDERSTAND WITH THEIR HEART AND RETURN, AND I WOULD HEAL THEM.'
A dull heart causes hearing loss. Yes, a dull heart causes vision problems as well.
How can you insure that you do not have a hearing problem?
Luke 8:15 But the seed in the good soil, these are the ones who have heard the word in an honest and good heart, and hold fast, and bear fruit with perseverance.
A good and honest heart will do wonders for your audio ability.
Luke 9:35 Then a voice came out of the cloud, saying, "This is My Son, My chosen One, listen to Him!"
God the Father said listen to Jesus. He did not say listen to the early church fathers. He did not say listen to the words of church catechisms and other creed books. He did not say listen to extra-Biblical writings.
JESUS SAID: Mark 16:16 He who has believed and has been baptized shall be saved; but he who has disbelieved shall be condemned.
Why do so many refuse to hear Jesus when He says you have to believe and be baptized in water in order to be saved? Is that an indication of a hearing problem cause by a heart condition?
JESUS SAID: John 3:5..."Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.
Why do so many not hear what Jesus said? Why do they distort and twist the words of Jesus by stating that water in this verse does not refer to baptism? Has a dull heart caused a hearing deficiency?
JESUS SAID: Luke 24:47 and that repentance for forgiveness of sins would be proclaimed in His name to all the nations, beginning from Jerusalem.
What kind of hearing problem can be attributed to those who do not understand that Jesus was talking about the Day of Pentecost?
Acts 2:22-41....36 Therefore let all the house of Israel know for certain that God has made Him both Lord and Christ---this Jesus whom you crucified.".....38 Peter said to them, "Repent, and each of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins; and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.
How is it possible to have a good and honest heart and not hear what the apostle Peter said? Peter said Jesus was both Lord and Christ, and was resurrected from the grave. Peter said if you believe this you should repent and be immersed in water so that your sins can be forgiven and that you may receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.
Rejecting Jesus as the Christ and perverting the gospel plan of salvation are not possible unless you have acquired a hearing problem.
A GOOD AND HONEST HEART IS ESSENTIAL IN ORDER TO BE ABLE TO HEAR THE TRUTH!
HEART SURGERY IS ESSENTIAL TO CORRECT HEARING LOSS.
Acts 2:37 Now when they heard this, they were pierced to the heart, and said to Peter and the rest of the apostles, "Brethren, what shall we do?"
Heart surgery cured the heart condition of the 3000 on the Day of Pentecost. Their hearing was restored, they were ready to listen.