“He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.”
He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches
Again, Jesus challenges the church at Philadelphia with the same challenge of the previous churches, a challenge to positive volition. This is a demand for our attention.
We should stay focused on what Jesus is saying to us.
We have all heard the phrase, “Stop, look, and listen.” We need to do this spiritually. We need to tune our spiritual ears to the message of Jesus.
If we are not vigilant, we will lose everything but our salvation. We work for reward, not salvation. We can lose everything, including our lives, except for our salvation. If we are not alert, we can lose our life due to sin (1 Co 11:30).
If we obtained salvation by good works, we would lose that as well. However, we do not obtain salvation through good works, but by the work of Christ on the cross. Salvation is a gift from God (Ep 2:8,9). If God gave us salvation as a gift and then took it back, He would not be on the level with us. Salvation rests on the character of God.
We can lose our crown, but we can never lose our salvation. We work for our crown, but we do not work for our salvation.
2 Jn 8, “Look to yourselves, that we do not lose those things we worked for, but that we may receive a full reward.”