DEVOTION – DAY 81
Acts 17:11 “How To Know The Truth.”
Acts 17:11 “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.”
Paul arrived in Berea with Silas. Berea was a city about 50 miles along the coast from Thessalonica in Macedonia. They went to the local synagogue where Paul started to preach about Jesus Christ to the people assembled there. We are told that the Jews in Berea were eager for Paul’s teaching. But they did not simply take what Paul said for granted. They listened to Paul’s teachings and then, they went back and checked the Scriptures if what Paul said was true. As a result, in v.12, we are told that many of them including local Greeks who listened to Paul became followers of Jesus Christ.
From this verse, we have a clear example of how to tell if what we are hearing is from God. Whenever we hear something that we are not sure about, or something that is new that we have not heard before and we are not sure what to believe, what do we do? Following the example of the Jews in Berea, the best thing to do is to check if it agrees with what the Bible says.
A man was confused and worried when he was told that he might lose his salvation if he keeps on sinning. He asked the person who told him this, where it said so in the Bible and the person mentioned, Heb.10:26-27 “If we deliberately keep on sinning after we have received the knowledge of the truth, no sacrifice for sins is left, but only a fearful expectation of judgment and of raging fire that will consume the enemies of God.”. This man was sufficiently concerned that he went home and read up on Hebrews 10 and he also asked his pastor to explain to him if it was possible to lose his salvation if he kept on sinning. He was told that Heb.10:26-27 referred to people who had heard the gospel message but willingly choose to turn their backs from the gospel message and live a life of an unbeliever. It means that if someone heard the gospel message and may have been a Christian for a while but decides to turn their back on Christianity and choose to live as an unbeliever, then, it means that they never gave their heart over to follow Jesus Christ in the first place. They were never saved in the first place and only judgment for their sins await them when they die. Although this man did check the Bible, he did not check it properly for there are other passages of the Bible that does confirm that one cannot lose their salvation if they genuinely believed and followed Jesus as their Lord and Savior. But it was good that this man did check with his pastor to clear his confusion. And that is what we should all do. When we are told something about our faith that confuses us, we check what the Bible says about it and we also ask our pastors or more spiritually matured church members to see what else the Bible says about what had confused us.
Let us pray: Heavenly Father, thank you for giving us your Word, the Bible, that is our daily bread and guide for living. May your Word always guard our hearts and minds. In the mighty name of the Lord Jesus we ask. Amen.
- How might you be misled by what you see on TV, on the Internet, on Social media and so on?
- From this devotion, what must you do to discern the truth from what you are told?
- Who must you help to know the truth that is in God’s Word because they are faced with much worldly teachings?