Daily Bible Nugget #308, Acts 17:11

The Nugget:

Acts 17:11 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.

My Comment:

The twelfth proof for the Perspicuity of Scripture is that individuals are commended for testing the truth of what the apostles taught by checking those teachings against the Bible (The New Treasury of Scripture Knowledge, Topic Number 1121, page 1598).

If you were to carefully read Acts, chapter 17, you would learn that the Apostle Paul was meticulously teaching from the Scripture that Jesus is the true Messiah. Paul taught that the Scriptures prove that it was necessary that Christ, or the Messiah, must suffer, and then rise from the dead, “and that this Jesus, whom I preach unto you, is Christ” (Acts 17:3). For three Sabbath days Paul reasoned with the Jews of Thessalonica out of the Scriptures. Some of the Jews believed Paul, but others decided to use physical force to drive Paul out of town.

Paul went to Berea and taught the same message out of the Scriptures to the Jews in their synagogue. The Jews of Berea did not resort to physical force to suppress Paul’s message. Instead, they checked out what Paul was teaching by searching the Scriptures daily to discover whether what Paul had to say was really there in the Bible. They found what Paul taught is what the Bible said. Therefore, many of them believed (Acts 17:12). The Bereans had the right approach to spiritual things. They checked out what they were being taught by comparing it carefully with what they found in the Bible. When they found that what they were being taught was true to the Bible, they believed the teaching they had received.

Notice how this proves the doctrine of the Perspicuity of Scripture–that is, that the Bible is understandable. If the Bible were not understandable, the Bereans who attended the synagogue where Paul taught would not have been able to turn to the Scriptures by themselves, that is, on their own, to check out the truth of what Paul was teaching. But the Bereans were able to search the Scriptures daily to verify the truth of Paul’s message. This surely demonstrates most vividly that ordinary individuals were deemed competent to judge the truthfulness and correctness of the teaching of the apostles by comparing the apostolic teaching with what they found in the Bible, the twelfth proof for the Perspicuity of Scripture.

For those who desire to DIG DEEPER into this subject:

(1) Consult the cross references given in Nelson’s Cross Reference Guide to the Bible on page 1250 for Acts 17:11.

(2) Consult the cross references given in The New Treasury of Scripture Knowledge on pages 1270-1271 or in Logos 5 Bible software for Acts 17:11.

(3) Lacking access to those two resources, consult the cross references for this passage as I have developed them as given below:

Acts 17:11. more noble. or, well-born. Gr. eugenēs (S#2104g). High in rank, hence they were more courteous (CB). T#1099. *Ac 13:7. Ge 34:19. 1 Ch 4:9. *Pr 1:5. 9:9. Je 2:21. Lk 19:12g. Jn 1:46-49. 1 Cor 1:26g. Thessalonica. ver. +Ac 17:1. 1 Th 1:1. 2 Tim 4:10. they received. *Ac 2:41. 8:14. 10:33. 11:1. Ne 8:3. +*Jb 23:12. *Pr 2:1-5. **Pr 4:7, 20-22. 8:10. Ec 5:1. Song 8:2. Je 6:16. *Mt 13:11, 23. Mk 4:8. Lk 10:38, 39. 2 Cor 8:5. 1 Th 1:6. **1 Th 2:13. *2 Th 2:10. **James 1:21. **1 P 2:2. the word. Gr. logos, Mk 9:32n. +Ac 8:4. 10:36. *Lk 16:29. readiness of mind. Ac 10:33. %Ac 14:2. 16:14. %+*1 S 25:17. **Ps 25:9. Mk 12:37. *S#4288g: Ac 17:11. 2 Cor 8:11, 12 (willing mind), 2 Cor 8:19 (ready mind). 2 Cor 9:2 (forwardness). This word is used in the New Testament (1) of a ready desire to hear God’s word, and (2) of a ready desire to give to God’s work (Thomas Walker). and searched. or, examined. Gr. anakrinō, *S#350g. Rendered (1) examine: Ac 4:9. 12:19. 24:8. 28:18. Lk 23:14. 1 Cor 9:3. (2) judge: 1 Cor 2:15, 15. 4:3, 3, 4. 14:24. (3) ask question: 1 Cor 10:25, 27. (4) search: Ac 17:11. (5) discern: **1 Cor 2:14. Thayer defines this word “By looking through a series (ana) of objects or particulars to distinguish (krino) or search after. Hence, to investigate, examine, inquire into, scrutinize, sift, question” (Lexicon, p. 39). Compare “search” at Jn 5:39, the same English but a different Greek word (*S#2045g). T#1069. Le 11:3. 1 Ch 28:8. **Ps 1:2, 3. 119:18, 97-100, *Ps 119:148. Pr 2:2. +*Pr 8:9. *Pr 15:14. +**Is 8:20n. *Is 34:16. *Lk 16:29. *Lk 24:44. *Jn 3:21. +**Jn 5:39n, 40. 1 Cor 2:14g. 1 Tim 4:13. +**2 Tim 3:15-16. *1 P 1:10-12. +*2 P 1:19-21. *1 J 4:5, 6. the scriptures. ver. Ac 17:2. Ac 8:28. 26:22, 23. *Ps 119:105. *Ps 138:2. +*Je 15:16. +*Je 23:18, 22, 28, 29. +Mt 21:42. +*Mk 12:24. +*Ro 15:4. 2 Tim 2:15. daily. Ac 16:5. Ex 16:4. *Dt 17:18-20. +*Jsh 1:8. 2 Ch 8:14. Ezr 3:4. *Ne 8:18. +*Ps 1:2. Pr 8:34. Lk 11:3. +*Lk 21:36. +**Col 1:10. +*He 3:13. *He 11:6. *1 P 2:2. *2 P 3:18. whether. or, if. FS184D1, Lk +22:67. A. T. Robertson notes that the Bereans “were eagerly interested in the new message of Paul and Silas but they wanted to see it for themselves. What a noble attitude. Paul’s preaching made Bible students of them. The duty of private interpretation is thus made plain (Hovey)” (Word Pictures, vol. 3, p. 275). T#1059, T#1121. Ac 8:31n. Dt 13:3. +**Pr 14:15. 15:14. *Pr 18:1n, +*Pr 18:17. +**Is 8:20n. Ezk 14:10n. +*Da 11:30. Ho 6:3. +*Mk 4:24. +*Lk 8:18. Jn 4:42. 7:17. **Ro 14:12. 1 Cor 10:15. +*1 Cor 14:29. *2 Cor 4:2. +*Ga 1:8n, 9. **1 Th 5:21. 1 Tim 4:1. James 1:19. *2 P 3:16, 17. **1 J 4:1.

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One Response to Daily Bible Nugget #308, Acts 17:11

  1. ken sagely says:

    acts 17.11These were more nobel 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.

    cross refs
    jn 5.39 Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they
    are they ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me.

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