As we begin our verse-by-verse study of the “Olivet Discourse,” One tool we can use to receive the understanding Almighty God wants us to have is to be like the Bereans, “These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so.” Acts 17:11 (KJV). Always be Berean in Bible study. Never automatically accept anything or everything you hear or read. Most pastors and Bible teachers preach what they learned in seminary and pass it on. What they learn isn’t always Scripturally correct. One reason is that not all theologians are children of God. Not all seminarians are Children of God. Neither are all pastors. People who have not come to Christ as their Lord and Savior cannot properly understand the Scriptures because the Word of God is spiritually discerned.
“The natural person does not accept the things of the Spirit of God, for they are folly to him, and he is not able to understand them because they are spiritually discerned” 1Corinthians 2:14.
There are many aberrant churches under the influence of dynamic personalities, some of whom preach for the wrong reasons. Paul said, “Some indeed preach Christ even of envy and strife; and some also of good will” Philippians 1:15 (KJV). That is why worldwide there are over 41,000 so-called Christian denominations.
We need to be like the Bereans, searching the scriptures, confirming that what we hear actually agrees with God’s Word. We should want to pick up the Bible and, figuratively, tear it apart; dissect it; examine it closely. The Creator of the heavens and the Earth, of time and eternity, took His time to write a book so that we could come to know Him intimately. He went to lengths to give us the Scriptures and wants us to “prove all things” – Not cherry-picking verses but squeezing each one of them for every drop of truth and knowledge we can get out of them.
“Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth. 16 But shun profane and vain babblings: for they will increase unto more ungodliness.” 2 Timothy 2:15-16 (KJV)
And if we do, He promises,
“Delight yourself in the LORD; And He will give you the desires of your heart.”
Psalm 37:4 (NASB), (which is the indwelling of the Holy Spirit and eternal life).
The Church is overwhelmingly blessed beyond belief. Consider this: Israel, with all her covenants and dealings with God, and being the possessors of the Oracles of God (the Law and the Prophets), although they had all this knowledge in their possession, few of them had understanding. Some, upon whom God blessed with His Holy Spirit coming upon them, did understand certain things God had given them. But for the most part, Israel in her disobedience to God was blinded and did not understand. The Spirit came upon individuals from time to time (the prophets) but did not reside within them as it does with us who are. This is the advantage we have even over the Bereans. The Church, the Body of Christ, is indwelt by the Holy Spirit.
“In Him, you also, after listening to the message of truth, the gospel of your salvation–having also believed, you were sealed in Him with the Holy Spirit of promise” Ephesians 1:13.
“. . . the natural man does not receive the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; nor can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned”
1 Corinthians 2:14 (NKJV).
Having such blessings, let’s be like the Bereans and, “Read the book!”
Exploring Scripture~because it matters – it really does!