Verse-by-Verse Bible Commentary

Revelation 2:29

He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.'
New American Standard Version

Bible Study Resources

Concordances:
Nave's Topical Bible - Holy Spirit;   Thompson Chain Reference - Churches, the Seven;   Seven;   Torrey's Topical Textbook - Holy Spirit, the Teacher, the;  
Dictionaries:
Bridgeway Bible Dictionary - Thyatira;   Charles Buck Theological Dictionary - Patience of God;   Holman Bible Dictionary - Revelation, the Book of;   Hastings' Dictionary of the Bible - Asia;   Magi;   Nicolas;   Thyatira;   Hastings' Dictionary of the New Testament - Apocalypse;   Thyatira ;   Morrish Bible Dictionary - Ear;   The Hawker's Poor Man's Concordance And Dictionary - Sepharvaim;   People's Dictionary of the Bible - Thyatira;   Smith Bible Dictionary - Thyati'ra,;   Wilson's Dictionary of Bible Types - Ear;  
Encyclopedias:
International Standard Bible Encyclopedia - Philippi;   Revelation of John:;  
Devotionals:
Daily Light on the Daily Path - Devotion for July 15;  

Adam Clarke Commentary

He that hath an ear - Let every Christian pay the strictest regard to these predictions of Christ; and let them have a suitable influence on his heart and life.

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Clarke, Adam. "Commentary on Revelation 2:29". "The Adam Clarke Commentary". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/acc/revelation-2.html. 1832.

Albert Barnes' Notes on the Whole Bible

He that hath an ear … - See the notes on Revelation 2:7.

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Barnes, Albert. "Commentary on Revelation 2:29". "Barnes' Notes on the Whole Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/bnb/revelation-2.html. 1870.

Coffman Commentaries on the Bible

He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith to the churches.

Again, reference is made to Revelation 2:7 where this is commented upon. Lenski pointed out that here and in the following three letters this admonition is placed at the end instead of at the beginning, thus dividing the seven into two groups of three and four; but, "We are unable to say just why they are so divided."[98]

"Moral compromise is the central danger in Christ's message to the church at Thyatira,"[99] some think; but there is more to it than that, although admittedly that is bad enough. There was an abdication of the eldership in that church; a vile woman had taken it over, and they had done nothing about it. Furthermore, there was the general toleration of the philosophy and teaching which formed the rationalistic support and encouragement of the immorality. Aside from Sardis, the church next written, Thyatira was the worst of the seven addressed in this series.

Regarding what we have interpreted as the promise of a miraculous judgment against the situation in Thyatira, if such an interpretation is correct, there must have been special and unique qualities of the infection there which required it. The divine economy regarding miracles requires this understanding. Therefore, we shall attempt to show that the situation there did indeed justify such a heavenly interference with it.

The proud and domineering Jezebel, daughter of Ethbaal, king of Tyre, was the wife of Ahab, king of Israel; and she made Baalism the official religion of the northern kingdom, hastening its decline and fall by the idolatry which she introduced. "She was responsible in large measure for the collapse of the nation because of the evils which she introduced (1 Kings 16:29-33)."[100] If she who is called Jezebel in this letter to Thyatira had been permitted to continue without divine interference, the total collapse of Christianity under the encroachments of paganism might have followed; but there was divine intervention. Furthermore, it would appear that the church got the message; and that at no subsequent time is there any record of the eldership of a church of our Lord abandoning their authority to a woman.

The legitimate deduction from what is revealed in this message to Thyatira is that the eldership of a church should use the full authority of their position to countermand and eliminate every emergence of false teaching in their congregations. There could have been no excuse whatever for their dereliction in the instance of Jezebel's wanton disregard of the teaching of Christ and her openly advocating the cause of paganism in the congregation.

[98] R. C. H. Lenski, op. cit., p. 25.

[99] Billy Graham, op. cit., p. 21.

[100] Merrill C. Tenney, op. cit., p. 63.

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Coffman, James Burton. "Commentary on Revelation 2:29". "Coffman Commentaries on the Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/bcc/revelation-2.html. Abilene Christian University Press, Abilene, Texas, USA. 1983-1999.

John Gill's Exposition of the Whole Bible

He that hath an ear, let him hear,.... See Gill on Revelation 2:7.

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Gill, John. "Commentary on Revelation 2:29". "The New John Gill Exposition of the Entire Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/geb/revelation-2.html. 1999.

John Trapp Complete Commentary

29 He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches.

Ver. 29. He that hath an ear] {See Trapp on "Revelation 2:7"}

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Trapp, John. "Commentary on Revelation 2:29". John Trapp Complete Commentary. https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/jtc/revelation-2.html. 1865-1868.

Greek Testament Critical Exegetical Commentary

29.] See above, Revelation 2:7.

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Alford, Henry. "Commentary on Revelation 2:29". Greek Testament Critical Exegetical Commentary. https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/hac/revelation-2.html. 1863-1878.

Matthew Poole's English Annotations on the Holy Bible

Here the same conclusion of this epistle as of all the rest, Revelation 2:7,11,17: See Poole on "Revelation 2:7".

Those who make this epistle typical and prophetical, make it a type of all the churches of Christ, from about the year 1260, or the end of the persecution of the Waldenses, until the protestant religion so far obtained, that whole nations owned it, which was about 1560, by which time England and Scotland had made it the religion of those nations: it had before this prevailed in Germany, Helvetia, France, and many other places, where it was the religion of whole cities and particular jurisdictions, &c.

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Poole, Matthew, "Commentary on Revelation 2:29". Matthew Poole's English Annotations on the Holy Bible. https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/mpc/revelation-2.html. 1685.

Hawker's Poor Man's Commentary

REFLECTIONS

HAIL! thou glorious Lord! thou Almighty Head of thy Church, and people. Blessed be thy Name, for those gracious messages, to thy redeemed. Truly, Lord, amidst all their spots and defilements, we behold thy mercy over them, and thy grace towards them. Thou bearest testimony to their faith and patience, for all that is wrought in them is thy grace and of thee, have they received it. And yet, Jesus graciously beholds it, and speaks of it, as their own. Lord! give thy Churches, under every state, grace, to be looking wholly unto thee, and to know thee, under all these distinguishing characters. It is thine, O Lord, to hold thy ministers, as stars in thy right hand, and to walk in the favorite haunts of thy Churches, as amidst the golden Candlesticks, thy people. Thou art the first and the last in all the designs of Jehovah; and the first and the last, yea, the whole sum and substance of everlasting joy to all thy people! Thou art the bright, and the morning-star, the sure harbinger of everlasting day, and in the souls of thy people, thou arisest when the Day-spring from on high visitest them. Be thou, Lord, my light, my life, my everlasting portion, that amidst all the darkness of the present state of the world, in thy light I may see light, and walk under the light of thy countenance forever!

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Hawker, Robert, D.D. "Commentary on Revelation 2:29". "Hawker's Poor Man's Commentary". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/pmc/revelation-2.html. 1828.

Peter Pett's Commentary on the Bible

‘He who has an ear to hear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.’

From now on this phrase comes after the promise to overcomers, (whereas previously it has introduced it), as though it is a final warning.

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Schaff's Popular Commentary on the New Testament

Revelation 2:29. Comp. on Revelation 2:7.

In the church at Thyatira we seem to pass for the first time to the Church considered in her widest aspect and as brought into positive relations with the powers of the heathen world. These powers have penetrated within her, and she has in part yielded to their influence. God’s people have allied themselves with a heathen princess, and she has tempted them to sin. The first Epistle of the second group thus corresponds to the first of the first group, although with a difference in harmony with the general nature of the two groups as wholes. In the first Epistle of the first group the evil is wholly from within; the church has forsaken her first love. In the first Epistle of the second group the evil enters from without; the world tempts, and the church yields, at least in part, to the temptation in order that she may have a share in the world’s glory. In the one case she has forgotten Him who walketh in the midst of the seven golden candlesticks, and whose love never fails: in the other the power of the present and the seen has led too many of her members to break their covenant with Him who is the Son of God, whose kingdom is not of this world, and whose rewards are future and unseen.

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Schaff, Philip. "Commentary on Revelation 2:29". "Schaff's Popular Commentary on the New Testament". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/scn/revelation-2.html. 1879-90.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches.
7 Reciprocal: 2 Chronicles 15:2 - Hear ye me;  Nehemiah 8:3 - ears;  Psalm 49:1 - Hear;  Proverbs 5:1 - attend;  Isaiah 28:23 - GeneralJeremiah 7:2 - Hear;  Jeremiah 10:1 - GeneralJeremiah 13:15 - and;  Jeremiah 17:20 - GeneralJeremiah 19:3 - Hear;  Hosea 4:1 - Hear;  Amos 3:1 - Hear;  Micah 1:2 - hearken;  Matthew 11:15 - GeneralMatthew 13:9 - GeneralMark 4:3 - Hearken;  Mark 4:23 - GeneralMark 7:16 - GeneralLuke 14:35 - He;  Acts 1:2 - through;  Acts 13:16 - give;  Romans 1:7 - To all;  1 Timothy 4:1 - the Spirit;  Hebrews 10:15 - GeneralRevelation 13:9 - GeneralRevelation 22:16 - General

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Torrey, R. A. "Commentary on Revelation 2:29". "The Treasury of Scripture Knowledge". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/tsk/revelation-2.html.

Walter Scott's Commentary on Revelation

THE CALL TO HEAR.

Revelation 2:29. — "He that has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches." In this epistle the Spirit has been speaking in solemn tones. The character and doom of the papacy have been sketched by a divine pen. The Spirit has been speaking to the churches. The call to hear in the preceding epistle is placed before the address to the overcomer. Here, and subsequently, the call to hear is placed after the address to the conqueror. Why so? In the first three churches the public body was ostensibly owned of God as His, and might "hear." In the last four churches the professing body is treated as incapable of repentance, and hence those alone who hear and respond to the Spirit's call constitute the overcoming company.

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E.M. Zerr's Commentary on Selected Books of the New Testament

He that hath an ear. (See verse7.)

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Zerr, E.M. "Commentary on Revelation 2:29". E.M. Zerr's Commentary on Selected Books of the New Testament. https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/znt/revelation-2.html. 1952.

Hanserd Knollys' Commentary on Revelation

Revelation 2:29

Revelation 2:29 He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches.

That Isaiah, attend and labor to understand what the Spirit saith unto the Churches, expounded before. { Revelation 2:7; Revelation 2:11}

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Commentary by J.C.Philpot on select texts of the Bible

Revelation 2:29

"He that has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says unto the churches."Revelation 2:29

These words extend the message beyond the church to which they were spoken, and address themselves to every one to whom the word comes, and to whom an ear is given to hear and receive it. Thus each message sent to the churches becomes a message sent personally to us. If we have a spiritually circumcised ear, if we are willing to listen to the voice of the Lord, he speaks to us in every message as personally and as distinctly as he spoke to each individual church. It is indeed an unspeakable blessing to have this ear given to us that we may receive in humility, simplicity, and godly sincerity what the Lord speaks in the word of his grace. It is by his word that he knocks at the door of our hearts; and what a blessing he has pronounced on the man who hears his voice and opens the door when he hears the knock, like a fond and affectionate wife when she hears the knock of her husband at the door of his house—"Behold, I stand at the door, and knock—if any man hears my voice, and opens the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me" ( Revelation 3:20).

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