“Very many hearers of the gospel are not sufficiently upon their guard against the dreadful danger of being ‘hearers only.’ Some when the service is over, seldom think of anything but going home. Others will pass a remark about the sermon, and then dismiss the subject finally from their thoughts…” (The Pulpit Commentary)
“The purpose of preaching, however, is not that the people may be ‘very much pleased,’ but that they may be profited, edified, and inspired to live an upright, generous, godly life.” (The Pulpit Commentary)
We live in a time and age when “knowledge and doing” are “often perilously divorced.” (The Pulpit Commentary)
But, as Ellicott’s Bible Commentary attests – “No acquaintance with the Bible, apart from the practice of its precepts, will avail the Christian.”
In other words, you cannot survive as a “hearer only” of God’s Word. You must also be a “doer” of it.
J.C. Ryle bears witness to that fact in saying – “The Christian which consists of merely hearing religion taught, without doing anything, is a building which must finally fall. Great indeed will be the ruin!”
But he is sure to also add this statement – “The Christian, which combines good profession and good practice, is a building that will not fall.”
Here is my New Bible video!
Allow the Holy Spirit to speak to you through it –
Be sure to share it with your family and friends.
May God Bless His Word,
No weapon that is formed against thee shall prosper; and every tongue that shall rise against thee in judgment thou shalt condemn. (Isaiah 54:17)
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