Jesus ends each of His seven letters to the churches in Revelation 2 and 3 with, “He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.” The inference is that some in the church do not have spiritual ears and therefore cannot hear. Then there is another group that have ears, but they selectively shut out what they do not want to hear. Hebrews says that some “have become dull of hearing” which stunted their spiritual growth and hindered maturity (5:11).
Just before Paul faced execution, he reminded some of the prophetic word through Isaiah, “‘Go to this people, and say, “You will indeed hear but never understand, and you will indeed see but never perceive.” For this people’s heart has grown dull, and with their ears they can barely hear, and their eyes they have closed; lest they should see with their eyes and hear with their ears and understand with their heart and turn, and I would heal them.’” (Acts 28:26–27).
These two references show that the church has become much like the world. The world will not hear and neither will the church listen to its Head, the Lord Jesus Christ. That seems like a very harsh statement. Consider the spiritually deaf church of Laodicea. Their spiritual condition was so bad that Jesus said to them, “So, because you are lukewarm, and neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of my mouth.” (Revelation 3:16).
Do we have ears to hear what the Spirit is saying to the church today? He is saying the same thing He has always said because He is the “Spirit of truth”, but our “selective hearing” would rather listen to other voices. This has serious consequences!