More Noble, Pt. 1

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 honourable women which were Greeks, and of men, not a few.

Acts 17:10-12

This passage identifies the Bereans as being “more noble than those in Thessalonica…”  It then identifies three reasons that those in Berea were more noble than those in Thessalonica.  We would be wise to consider these reasons and follow them, so we will spend the next couple of days looking at them one at a time.

The first thing that we see is that “they received the word…”

These people in Berea were commended because they “received the word…”  They took God’s Word.  That sounds simple, but it’s a powerful statement.  Their nobility was linked to their acceptance of the Word of God.  It is impossible to overstate the importance of the Bible in the life of a Christian.

The Word of God is what shows us the way of salvation.  It shows us how to live as Christians after we have been saved.  It shows us what to do and what not to do.  It shows us the beginning from the end.  It shows us how to get right with the Lord and how to stay right with the Lord.  It shows us hope.  It shows us the love, mercy and grace of the Lord Jesus Christ.  It shows us everything that we need to know.

The Bereans received the word.  Do we receive the Word?  What is our attitude toward the Bible?  Do we receive it, reject it or just ignore it?

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