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πŸ’‘πŸ‘‘ Why Were The Bereans “More Noble”?

β€œFor this cause also thank we God without ceasing, because, when ye received the Word of God which ye heard of us, ye received it not as the word of men, but as it is in truth, the Word of God, which effectually worketh also in you that believe” (1 Thes. 2:13).

β€œThese 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” Acts 17:11.

You hear it said often how the Thessalonian church was a model church. They were noble. Based off of 1 Thessalonians 1:1-10, it’s easy to see why we say that. So why were the Bereans more noble than these Thessalonians?

In 1 Thessalonians 2:13, Paul gives thanks to God without ceasing for the Thessalonians. The reason he was so thankful for them here was for their response to the Word, that when they β€œreceived the Word of God,” they received it β€œnot as the word of men” but as the Word of God. Paul was deeply grateful that the Thessalonians recognized the true nature of his preaching and teaching.

The two times β€œreceived” is mentioned in 1 Thessalonians 2:13 conveys two different meanings. The first β€œreceived” in the Greek primarily means, β€œto receive and take from another.” It communicates the idea that the Word of God was heard, understood, and grasped. The second word β€œreceived” in the Greek goes a step further. It primarily means, β€œto accept and welcome eagerly.” When we welcome God’s Word, we’re allowing its truth into our hearts. We receive it for ourselves. We make it our own. We believe it, embrace it, welcome it with full approval. We receive it into the inner man and make it a part of our lives, and by this the Word β€œeffectually worketh…in you that believe.”

The Bereans also β€œreceived the Word of God.” The word β€œreceived” in Acts 17:11 is the word meaning that they accepted and welcomed eagerly the Word of God through Paul. But the reason why the Bereans were β€œmore noble” than those in Thessalonica was because they β€œsearched the Scriptures daily, whether those things were so.” They received it, believed it, but then they made sure.

President Ronald Reagan once said, β€œTrust, but verify.” When Paul spoke of a gospel, a church, a heavenly hope, and a coming of Christ that was unrevealed in the Old Testament Scriptures, the Bereans trusted, but then verified and checked it out for themselves to make sure it was true. This made them β€œmore noble” than the Thessalonians, who just received and trusted. It was noble as well that the Thessalonians trusted the message of Paul, and Paul was thankful for this. But the fact that the Bereans searched the Scriptures daily whether those things were so, made them β€œmore noble.” When we are like the Bereans and verify from Scripture the things we hear and read, then we too are β€œmore noble” in the eyes of God. source

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