How the Scriptures lead to belief

Acts Bible Background

07.12.2017 New Testament: Acts 17.11–12

To read the Bible in a year, read Acts 17.1–15 on July 12, In the year of our Lord 2017

By Don Ruhl

Reading Scripture does not automatically create faith in the heart of the reader. Reading begins the process, but it is not the whole process. Notice carefully what happened when Paul and Silas went to a certain synagogue in Berea,

These were more fair-minded than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness, and searched the Scriptures daily to find out whether these things were so. Therefore many of them believed, and also not a few of the Greeks, prominent women as well as men (Acts 17.11–12). 

Why were the Jews in Berea more fair-minded than the Jews in Thessalonica? The Jews in Berea received the word, but not to tear it apart, no, they were ready to hear it, and then they compared what they heard with what they found in the Scriptures. They devoted themselves to the Hebrew Scriptures, and learned for themselves whether those Scriptures spoke of the things that Paul and Silas preached. That led the Bereans to believe.

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