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In Berea October 2, 2016

Posted by flashbuzzer in Books, Christianity.
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Here are my thoughts on Acts 17:10-15.

Summary: In this passage, Paul and his companions traveled to Berea. They entered the Jewish synagogue in that city and preached the Gospel message to those in attendance. Many Jews and Greeks accepted the Gospel message, as they were more apt to assess it in light of the Scriptures than their counterparts in Thessalonica. Later, many Jews from Thessalonica arrived in Berea and incited its residents to oppose the Gospel message. Given that volatile situation, the believers in Berea sent Paul to Athens.

Thoughts: Here, we see that the Bereans received the Gospel message without prejudice. Calvin offers some insights on this point in his commentary on verse 11:

The first thing Luke praises the Bereans for is that they were ready and eager to receive the Gospel; the second is that they strengthened their faith daily by diligent inquiry. Certainly this is the way to enter into the faith first of all: that we are ready to follow, and that we abandon our human understanding and submit ourselves to Christ, to be taught by him and to obey him.

The Berean believers set a positive example for modern-day believers; thus, I am eager to meet them in the next life and learn more about them. How did they encounter the God of Israel? Did they convert to Judaism with alacrity? Had they heard about Paul’s struggles in Thessalonica before he arrived in their city? Were they persecuted by Jews after Paul left their city? How did they glorify God after the events of this passage?

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