Romans 10:17(KJV) “So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God” (Emphasis Added).
“He that hath ears to hear, let him hear” – what do you think this statement means?
Recognizing Christ’s Voice involves…
Following Christ in obedience to His voice is proof that an individual belongs to Christ. To be a real Christian, one who is, in fact, saved by Christ, it is necessary to believe in Him as both Savior and Lord.
John 10:27 (KJV) “My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me” (Emphasis Added).
Many professing Christians appear not to recognize the necessary link between believing in Christ as Savior and obeying Him as Lord. To those in His Own time who behaved this way, Jesus said, “Why call ye Me, Lord, Lord, and do not the things which I say?” (Luke 6:46 (KJV))
Who is hearing and following Christ? According to the George Barna Research Group, surveys show that only 51% of Protestant clergymen have a Biblical world view, and only 7% of Protestant laity have a Biblical world view. Among “born again” Christians, only 9% have a Biblical world view.
“Most of us when hearing or using the word “disciple” are likely to be reminded of the biblical Apostles. Their deepest wish was to emulate Christ. They made him their guide not just because they believed in his teachings but because of their love for him and his love for them. Without such a mutual love the Master’s teaching and example, convincing though they were, would never have persuaded the disciples to change their lives and beliefs as radically as they did.” — Bruno Bettelheim
Recognizing Christ’s Voice involves…
The result of believing in and obeying Christ is eternal life. There is a wonderful security in following Christ. We do not have to be insecure about the outcome of believing in and obeying Christ. He can keep those whom He saves. We are as “secure” as God is when we are “in” Christ.
John 10:28-30 (KJV) “And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand. My Father, which gave them me, is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them out of my Father’s hand. I and my Father are one” (Emphasis Added).
“A British subject may be safe although surrounded by enemies in a distant land–not that he has strength to contend alone against armed thousands, but because he is a subject of our queen. A despot on his throne, a horde of savages in their desert, have permitted a helpless traveler to pass unharmed, like a lamb among lions–although like lions looking on a lamb, they thirsted for his blood–because they knew his sovereign’s watchfulness, and feared his sovereign’s power. The feeble stranger has a charmed life in the midst of his enemies, because a royal arm unseen encompasses him as with a shield. The power thus wielded by an earthly throne may suggest and symbolize the perfect protection of Omnipotence. A British subject’s confidence in his queen may rebuke the feeble faith of a Christian. ‘Oh, you of little faith, why did you doubt?’ Though there be fear within and fighting without, he who bought his people with his own blood cannot lose his inheritance and will not permit any enemy to wrest from his hand the satisfaction of his soul. The man with a deceitful heart and a darkened mind, a feeble frame and a slippery way, a fainting heart and a daring foe–the man would stumble and fall. But the member of Christ’s body cannot drop off; the portion of the Redeemer cannot be wrenched from his grasp. ‘You are his.’ Christ is the safety of a Christian.” — W. Arnot
John 10:28-30 (MSG) “I give them real and eternal life. They are protected from the Destroyer for good. No one can steal them from out of my hand. The Father who put them under my care is so much greater than the Destroyer and Thief. No one could ever get them away from him. I and the Father are one heart and mind” (Emphasis Added).