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November 9 – Faithful In The Battle

“Now these Jews were more noble than those in Thessalonica; they received the word with all eagerness, examining the Scriptures daily to see if these things were so. Many of them therefore believed, with not a few Greek women of high standing as well as men.  But when the Jews from Thessalonica learned that the word of God was proclaimed by Paul at Berea also, they came there too, agitating and stirring up the crowds.  Then the brothers immediately sent Paul off on his way to the sea, but Silas and Timothy remained there.” Acts 17:11-14

Devotional Thought For The Day

It must have been very irritating to Paul that his effectiveness in presenting the Gospel of Jesus Christ, on the basis of the Holy Scriptures, the Word of God, had resulted in such organized opposition and persecution that he was no longer safe to preach in some places.  It is bad enough that some people reject the glorious love of God and His gracious gift of salvation in the Lord Jesus Christ; it is intolerably wicked that they seem compelled to make it their duty to do all that they can to insure that others join them in rejecting God.  From this we can understand the nature of our spiritual warfare during our sojourn through the tribulation of this fallen world.

The Bereans are cited as a great example of nobility and godliness: “they received the word with all eagerness, examining the Scriptures daily to see if these things were so.”  Obviously, God’s people turn to what is written, Holy Scripture, the written Word of God, to determine whether or not “things are so.”  From the very earliest times God’s people have always utilized His written Word in this way – as the only guide and authority for faith and life.  Anything that is contrary to this Word – whether the “instructor” is adding to or deleting from the Holy Scripture, is to be rejected as untruthful, devious, immoral, and dangerous.

There are many who have “added” additional Scriptures to those provided by God through the Old Testament prophets and the New Testament apostles.  There are many who are willing to “add” their own opinions alongside the Word that is actually written.  Obviously, there are many, including even many churchly groups, who have been busy with their erasers, deleting many teachings of God’s Word which conflict with our culture and its “common sense,” “wisdom,” and “understanding” of things.  We are urged, however, even in these latter days, to practice the protocol of the faithful children of God of all times and places, and to follow the example of the Berean Christians – utilizing the written Word of God, Holy Scripture, as the arbiter of truth, the final and only authority for our faith and loving service to God and fellowman.  This alone keeps pure the glorious good news of God’s gracious love, mercy, and forgiveness, and reveals what is and what is not true service to God and fellowman.

We lament the many things in our culture – and increasingly under the law of the land – that are contrary to God’s Word, contrary to all decency and goodness.  However, many Christians have offered little opposition to these decadent erosions of God’s loving will for human being – so that the immoral hear a cacophony of diverse voices from “Christianity,” some of which actually approve of their immorality and wickedness.  This should not be so, and is the direct result of a rejection of God’s Word, Holy Scripture, as the source and norm of our faith and life, even by some “Christians.”  It has made our work of presenting the Gospel, and urging God’s will to others, a monumentally more difficult task.  So first, let us make sure that we are following the Berean protocol.  Let us also urge the same for all of our fellow believers – that we speak with one mind and one voice [see 1 Cor. 1:10], forcefully and publicly rejecting those who teach contrary to Holy Scripture [see Rom. 16:17; Tit. 3:10].  The context of our work has been “fouled,” and we may be facing great opposition, but this has always been the case for God’s people and servants of His Word.  But we know Whom we have believed, and we know that He will keep all of His promises to us – so let us persevere in our faithfulness to Him and to His Word!

Scripture Cited

1 Cor. 1:10  “I appeal to you, brothers, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you agree, and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be united in the same mind and the same judgment.”

Rom. 16:17  “I appeal to you, brothers, to watch out for those who cause divisions and create obstacles contrary to the doctrine that you have been taught; avoid them.”

Tit. 3:10  “As for a person who stirs up division, after warning him once and then twice, have nothing more to do with him.”

Prayer For The Day

Dear Lord Jesus, we also face opposition as we seek to tell others of Your wondrous love and Your gift of salvation, and as we continue to practice and encourage all the ways of love. Grant us greater commitment to faithfulness to Your Word, and pull all of Your people together in greater consensus that we might speak with one voice to the darkness of this present age.  Grant this in Your mercy, Amen.