We rejoin the apostle Paul today on his second missionary journey. Leaving behind the devout Lydia and the converted jailer in Philippi, Paul heads south from Macedonia toward Greece.
There are two main stops along the way – Thessalonica and Berea.
We run into an interesting statement about the folks at Berea: “Now the Bereans were of more noble character than the Thessalonians, for they received the message with great eagerness and examined the Scriptures every day to see if what Paul said was true.”
The Bereans were different – of a more noble character – not by nature – for we are all sinful by nature – but having been brought to believe in the coming Christ by grace alone, they were further advanced in their Spirit-wrought sanctification. God had brought them to the point where they received the message with great eagerness.
These people had hungry hearts for the word of God. They wanted to know firsthand, from the Old Testament Scriptures, if what Paul said about Jesus of Nazareth was true.
These people were not content with a few religious slogans, a few trite clichés. They wanted to grow in the grace and knowledge of Christ. They wanted more than milk. They wanted meat. They wanted to know as much about God as they possibly could.
This is in deep contrast to shallow souls who prefer the “fast-food” approach to the Bread of Life, a few trendy topics in place of the rich text of the Holy Bible itself. Untold blessings await separate souls and entire congregations who search the Scriptures. These are the Scriptures which, said Jesus, “testify of Me.”