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How encouraged Paul must have been. At Berea he found Jews who "received the
message with great eagerness", Jews who "examined the Scriptures every day to see if
what he said was true", Jews who believed.
Do we read the Acts of the Apostles and note how Paul testified to the Jews that Jesus
was the Messiah, the Christ. He based his arguments upon the Law of Moses and the
Prophets (e.g. 26: 22 and 28: 23). The foundation of his case was the Scriptures,
and the Jews knew their Scriptures, but note how frequently they opposed him. Only of
the Bereans was it said that "they received the message with great eagerness and
examined the Scriptures every day to see if what Paul said was true".
So it is that this Bible study magazine is called The BEREAN Expositor. It is hoped
that all who read it do receive the message "with great eagerness", with all readiness of
mind. It is hoped that every reader will examine the Scriptures regularly to see if what is
written in The Berean Expositor is correct. No writer can claim to have the apostolic
authority of Paul and so human error can creep in. The Bereans were highly commended
for searching and checking on Paul, the Apostle. How much more, then, should people
today examine the Scriptures to search and see if what we say is true.
All quotations in this article are taken from the New International Version (N.I.V.).
For further reading on this subject we recommend
The History and Aims of the Berean Trust by Michael Penny and
Why Berean? By Stuart Allen.