Berean or Thessalonican?

Acts 17:10-12 “And the brethren immediately sent away Paul and Silas by night unto Berea: who coming thither went into the synagogue of the Jews.  These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so.  Therefore many of them believed; also of honorable women which were Greeks, and of men, not a few.”

Paul and Silas went into the synagogues of both the Thessalonicans and the Bereans and ‘reasoned with them out of the scriptures’.  They expounded upon these three points: 1) Christ had to suffer unto death. 2) It was a must that Christ be risen again. 3) This man, Jesus, is THE Christ.  There were two reasons why those in Berea were said to be ‘more noble than those in Thessalonica’. 

First, they received the word with all readiness of mind.  When the Bereans came to worship they came ready to hear the message of life or death. They were eager and paid attention throughout the entire message.  The Bereans were not quick to cast away what was said like the Thessalonicans but rather they received the word with all readiness of mind, meditated, and prayed for wisdom concerning the truth.  When we leave the worship service we should not leave the message also.  Consider what our pastor teaches us.  Ask God that he would grant a better understanding of these things.

Secondly, they searched the scriptures daily whether those things were so.  Those in Berea were not content just to hear the word of truth they also searched to find what the scripture said of Christ. When Paul said ‘with his stripes we are healed’ the Bereans searched for those very words in scripture. The Bereans compared scripture to scripture to see if the three points that Paul and Silas declared were so.  They read scripture not only in the synagogue but also in their homes.  The Bereans made it their common daily occurrence to read the scripture.

In our time, we have faithful messengers of Christ sent to us by the same God, declaring the same gospel in the same manner as Paul and Silas out of the same scripture.  Are we like the Thessalonicans or are we like the Bereans?  Is Christ Jesus of no greater value to you than to take the reading of his word as a light thing?   By the power of God the Holy Scriptures …are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith, which is in Christ Jesus.  All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: that the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works. (II Tim. 3:15-17) Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth. (II Timothy 2:15)

Clay Curtis