Revelation 2:23… “And all the churches shall know that I am he which searcheth the reins and hearts: and I will give unto every one of you according to your works” (KJV).
This verse has been on my heart for some time, and I want to say something about it. What are the reins of your life? We know the heart is the seat of the physical and spiritual life. It is the seat of passion, desires, appetites, affections, purposes, and vision. The reins of our life basically refer to the thoughts and intentions of the heart, or mind and emotions. Why must the Lord search our reins?
First, the key to understanding what the Lord is dealing with in the seven churches is how He identifies Himself to each church. In verse 18, we see how He identifies Himself to the Thyatira church: “And unto the angel of the church in Thyatira write; These things saith the Son of God, who hath his eyes like unto a flame of fire, and his feet are like fine brass” (KJV). Note the Lord’s eyes of fire: searching; nothing escapes His notice. He sees the good in this assembly, the works, the love, the service, their faith, and their patience. But He also sees that, in spite of these works, there was a corrupting influence in their midst, a Jezebel who ministered from the depths of Satan, the spirit that secretly embraced all that is vile in the eyes of the Lord and degraded the body of Christ. In verses 21-23, the Lord judged her and the people who followed her teaching and acts.
Then, the Lord gives the warning… “and all the churches shall know that I am he which searcheth the reins and hearts: and I will give unto every one of you according to your works” (Revelation 2:23, KJV). This is for our day too. God will search the reins and hearts of believers. Judgment will begin at the house of the Lord. The Lord will judge the thoughts and intents of our minds. He will judge what you are thinking and he will judge what you intend to do.
The same Hebrew word is used for both words. To understand our text we need to see what the functions of the kidneys are. The two kidneys in our body work to separate and take out the waste products from our blood. The kidneys remove the impurities from our blood. “For the life of the flesh is in the blood” (Leviticus 17:11, KJV). Kidneys that do not function well leave poisons in the bloodstream, and sickness develops. Within normal kidneys, there are many tubules. It is through these renal tubules that the blood flows for its purification. So then in our text, the Lord searches through the “tubules” of our reins. He searches for everything that will defile our thoughts and intentions. His eyes see and read our thoughts. The thoughts of so many professing Christians are not pure in His eyes. Some of the thoughts and intentions could be classed as rage, a get-even spirit, resentments, unforgiveness, hatreds, bitterness, low esteem, and immoral leanings. Many believers are full of good works such as love, service, faith, and patience. But under these good things is hidden a Jezebel spirit, hidden motives and intentions.
Kidneys are the only organs that were burned as a burnt offerings for sin. Exodus 29:13 says, “And thou shalt take all the fat that covereth the inwards, and the caul that is above the liver, and the two kidneys, and the fat that is upon them, and burn them upon the altar” (KJV). The kidneys were the only organs designated as part of the sacrifice for sin. No other internal organ was so designated. Jesus died to purify the thoughts and intentions of our minds. The first use of the word “reins” is in Job 16:13. There Job tells that the Lord cleaved his reins asunder, and spared nothing. In Job 19:25-27, Job gives the purpose, “I want to be ready to meet the Redeemer when He comes in the latter day” (paraphrased). The margin reads, “My reins within me are consumed with eager desire for that day.”
It is for this purpose that all the churches shall know that Jesus searches everyone’s thoughts and intentions (Revelation 2:23). Jesus said in verse 25 that we are to hold fast till He comes. He wants us to be overcomers in our minds and in our emotions. Psalm 26:2 says, “Examine me, O LORD, and prove me; try my reins and my heart” (KJV). Also Isaiah 11:5; Jeremiah 11:20, 17:10…
The Lord is searching.
Pastor George Belobaba
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