Hearing Him Crystal Clear

Did Peter, James, John, Jude, etc., have a great advantage over believers today?

Recently, I wrote here of the first and last words spoken to Peter. Consider another of Jesus’ disciples: Levi, the tax collector. He heard those same words as Peter… “Follow Me.” The Bible tells us that he did just that. He dropped everything and followed Jesus.

Some will say, “but that was then, and this is now. Jesus stood before them in person and gave them their call.”

How great an advantage they must have had… or did they?

Does not Jesus speak to us today exactly as He spoke to them (careful… we do serve a risen Lord)? Levi was approached by the Christ and was commanded to follow Him. The two things physically available to the tax collector were Jesus’ words and Himself… His body. This is all that Levi had to work with and all else he would do would be done by faith.

What do we have to work with today? First, we have His Word, and possibly the advantage is ours in this regard. Secondly, we have His body. If in fact the Church is the body of Christ in the world today, then we have everything Levi had… including the ability to walk by faith.

For me, this adds much meaning to the urgency of the Word of God, and the believer’s rightful place in the Church. How else will we hear Him say, “Follow Me.”

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Seeking the rest that is only promised and found in Christ Jesus, along with my treasured wife of more than twenty-five years, we seek to grow in our relationship with our Heavenly Father, walk with the Holy Spirit as He moves our hearts, loving others always as Jesus loves us, and carry the news of His glory, the wonderful gospel, that gives light and life where there once was only darkness.
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10 Responses to Hearing Him Crystal Clear

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  2. The word spoken has never changed, nor has its meaning! Blessings to you mtsweat!

  3. I believe the thinking person, believer or not, has MORE than the disciples had BEFORE THE RESURRECTION of Christ. Yes, we have the written Word, but we have the facts of history which no thinking person can deny. We also have the evidence of fulfilled prophecy. We have more LOGIC and information on which to base our acceptance of Christ than Matthew and the others had.

    For the believer, of course, there is much more! We have experienced the REALITY of knowing Christ, of having Him work in our lives and change us from what we were into new creations. We have experienced the REALITY of His constant work in us and through us – such that we CANNOT deny Him.

  4. Hankinator says:

    I understand what your trying to say here but would interject that the scriptures do seem to imply that they did have some sort of advantage having been with Christ in the flesh. Jesus told Thomas in
    John 20:29, “Thomas, because thou hast seen me, thou hast believed: blessed are they that have not seen, and yet have believed.” Paul also claims an advantage in 1 Cor. 9:1, “Am I not an apostle? am I not free? have I not seen Jesus Christ our Lord? are not ye my work in the Lord?” And just one more. John himself seems to see an advantage in it when he said, “That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked upon, and our hands have handled, of the Word of life; (For the life was manifested, and we have seen it, and bear witness, and shew unto you that eternal life, which was with the Father, and was manifested unto us;)” 1 John 1:1-2. That doesn’t take us off the hook, we are to trust their eyewitness account and apply it to our lives. But if they had not seen him, touched him, heard him, etc etc, would any of us believe? Of course there was an advantage of being in the physical presence of Christ, God in the flesh. If not then why do we long to be physically with Him in glory? Why not be satisfied with being eternally away from him if its the same thing as long as we have the Spirit with us?
    Now this idea of equating his “body” today, the church, as equivalent to being with him in the flesh I must take exception. He was sinless and to hear him was to hear God. His “body”, the church, makes many many mistakes and even sinful decisions and I would never, based on the church’s word alone, make a decision about hearing from God without checking out what I know I can trust, His written word. Are we inching towards Catholicism in this article? The church = Christ? LOL!! I know the owner of this blog better than that!!

    Just saying……………….

    • mtsweat says:

      Well said, old friend… well said. Yes, I’m confident you know of the pot I’m trying to stir here… have we allowed attaching ourselves to a local assembly, the Church in our neighborhood, to become an optional accessory for the believer? Is it optional?

      There’s a lot of thoughts and opinions out there today, but historically speaking, it seems we are far removed from the level of importance that all generations prior to ours placed on the body of Christ.

      Still, my approach may have been a bit much… Thanks for the great input, Hank.

      • isaiah43123 says:

        Hankinator’s statement about the church making mistakes is very true; it is a body made of imperfect beings with differing thoughts and opinions based on individaul experiences. However, if each one earnestly seeks God’s direction and is willing to follow, then His voice will ring loud and clear without any mistake.
        Keep the Faith!

  5. Susan Michaels says:

    What an important and vital reminder…to follow the Lord’s call right here and now. Thank you!

    • mtsweat says:

      “important and vital” Two very good words to describe the need to hear “Follow Me.” Thanks Susan and God bless.

  6. granbee says:

    We ARE the Body of Christ–and have the same all-powerful guide and teacher that Peter did, now in the person of the Holy Spirit! Let us join hands tightly to walk in His Steps together!

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