Acts 17:11-12 NIV 2011
Now the Berean Jews were of more noble character than those in Thessalonica, for they received the message with great eagerness and examined the Scriptures every day to see if what Paul said was true. As a result, many of them believed, as did also a number of prominent Greek women and many Greek men.
Luke, Acts author, was Paul’s missionary companion. One commentator wrote “The main purposes of the book appear to be: to demonstrate the unstoppable progress of the gospel, to present history and to give a defense.” During the second missionary journey, Paul and Silas were sent to Berea from erroneous charges in Thessalonica. The Jews in Berea were receptive and searched the Scriptures. Paul used Scripture to prove and defend Christ. Jesus used Scripture as His proof. Peter began, Acts 2:41, “Those who accepted his message were baptized,” and Paul continued. Scripture substantiates the Savior was sent to save sinners.
Using my 1984 NIV Bible this morning I found this written in the margin for today’s Scripture, “Opposition and persecution will accompany Spiritual work for God.” I remember returning to BSF leadership in 1986 after we moved and the spiritual warfare that ensued. This principle was one from my Teaching Leader that is consistently helpful. When I share God’s Word, the key is staying the course. Paul continued and I will as well. I’m a saved sinner sharing God’s Word daily.
How does knowing God’s Word help us?
Steadfastly sharing Jesus,