The Berean difference

People will use anything to prove their own ideology or
their own theory; their own doctrines and that is why there are so many diverse
doctrines from the same Bible. The only truth or the only way to find truth is
to go to Jesus and to say: “Lord please show me the truth.” Otherwise we end up
with a situation where as so often happens. One person reads something into a
scripture and he passes it on to everybody and they all believe the same

 I want to talk about the case of the Bereans. It is
generally used as an argument that the Bereans were superior in their Bible
knowledge and therefore they accepted the gospel when preached by Paul. It’s
not true. The only difference with the Bereans was that they
they were open-minded. Wherever Paul went, he went to
the synagogue and started reasoning with the the Jews from the scriptures to
prove that Jesus was the Messiah.

We read in Acts 17:2-5 “And according to Paul’s custom, he
went to them, and for three Sabbaths reasoned with them from the Scriptures,
3 explaining and giving evidence that the Christ had to suffer and rise
again from the dead, and saying, “This Jesus whom I am proclaiming to
you is the Christ.” 4 And some of them were persuaded and joined Paul and
Silas, along with a large number of the God-fearing Greeks and a number of the
leading women. 5 But the Jews, becoming jealous and taking along
some wicked men from the market place, formed a mob and set the city in
an uproar; and attacking the house of Jason,”

We read in Acts 17:10-12 “The brethren immediately sent Paul
and Silas away by night to Berea, and when they arrived, they went into the
synagogue of the Jews. 11 Now these were more NOBLE-MINDED
than those in Thessalonica, for they received the word with great eagerness,
examining the Scriptures daily to see whether these things were
so. 12 Therefore many of them believed, along with a number of prominent
Greek women and men.”

The difference was not in their scripture knowledge, it was
in their mindset, they were willing to explore. When we have pre-conceived
ideas about anything we learn nothing. If you have pre-conceived ideas about
anything, your knowledge of scripture, not even the Holy Spirit will tell you
differently because we idolized our own ideas. Many of us are bigots and we
believe we are right according to our own understanding, that is why it is also
written. Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own
. Because the moment that you lean on your own understanding
you run into trouble. We need to come with an open mind and ask Jesus to
teach us, then we learn.

The Bereans were open minded. If we want the
truth and want to learn from Jesus from the Holy Spirit we ought to become OPEN
MINDED, teachable
then we will learn the truth or otherwise we will remain
in darkness.

About Jan Boshoff - finalcall07

A bond servant of Jesus Christ
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