BE A BEREAN!
By Joel Finck
Scripture Reading: Acts 17:11
"If this is true, then why are there so many churches that do not believe this way?"
This is the reaction we have heard countless times upon explaining the Grace Message to someone. It is unfortunate, but very typical, for people to initially reject something they have never heard before ... especially if it conflicts with their tradition! In Acts 17:11, we find a refreshing contrast to this attitude. In fact in this verse, we find the balanced approach we should all have when we are approached with some "new" teaching.
First, the noble Bereans listened with open minds "in that they received the word with all readiness of mind" (Acts 17:11a). One of the saddest conditions to be in is to reject Bible teaching outright because it sounds "new." Of course, the old saying is right. "If it is new, it is not true; and if it is true, it is not new."
Remember that just because a teaching may sound "new" does not necessarily mean it is. The apostle Paul's teaching concerning the Mystery is as old as the first century when it was revealed to him by the glorified Lord of heaven. Even before that, it was in the very mind of God (Ephesians 3:9).
Secondly, the Bereans balanced their open-mindedness with a holy skepticism. They were "from Missouri" saying, "Show me!" Luke records, "They searched the Scriptures daily whether those things were so" (Acts 17:11b). This is the attitude we too must have, for there are many false doctrines floating around in our world today. We must search the Scriptures, rightly divided (II Timothy 2:15), so we will not be tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine .... " (Ephesians 4:14).
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