Do You Have a Noble Mind
5/17/2013

DO YOU HAVE A NOBLE MIND
     John A. Gray
  God holds each of us accountable for knowing His will. We are cheating ourselves and our souls when we allow a teacher or preacher to dictate to us how we should feel or think about a given matter. I am not saying we should be suspicious or distrusting. Instead, I am saying we should be like the Bereans. One of the most powerful, positive statements made about any group of people is said of them in Acts 17.

 

Act 17:2 ASV.  and Paul, as his custom was, went in unto them, and for three sabbath days reasoned with them from the Scriptures,

 

Act 17:11 ASV.  Now these were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of the mind, examining the Scriptures daily, whether these things were so.

 

The Bereans were characterized by EXCELLENCE. They were noble-minded. Notice that their journey to excellence began with their mindset. Jesus praises people who hunger and thirst for righteousness and makes them a marvelous promise.

Mat 5:6 ASV.  Blessed are they that hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled.

 

What higher praise can be lavished on anyone?  Can the same be said of you and me?

 

The Bereans were characterized by EAGERNESS. The antithesis of this would be apathy and indifference. These folks were "word-receivers." They were sponges, anxious to know God's Word. The Bible, from cover to cover, touts itself as the message of salvation. Doesn't it deserve our greatest enthusiasm?

 

They Were characterized by EXAMINING. But, they were not uncritical, undiscerning students. They were listening to one of history's greatest Christians, borne along by the Holy Spirit, but they still checked after him. Every man who purports to be God's proclaimer deserves that same level of scrutiny -- now more than ever before.

1Jn 4:1 KJV.  Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world.

 

The Bereans were characterized by EVERY-DAY-NESS. They were not content to wait for the next Bible class or sermon. They were daily devourers of these Divine dictates! Aren't there things you feel compelled to do on a daily basis (eat, sleep, brush your teeth, check your Facebook)? We prove to God we are serious about the blessing of having a relationship with Him by constant, consistent consultation of His revealed mind and desires contained within the book we call the Bible.

 

Psa 1:2 KJV.  But his delight is in the law of the LORD; and in his law doth he meditate day and night.

 

How can we tell whether something is just a man's conviction or is God's command? How do we know that some strange, new doctrine is true or false? Do not be content to let somebody be your sole source of gauging truth! Be a Berean -- study, search and "Own" the word.

 

2Ti 2:15 KJV.  Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.

 

Conclusion

 

The doctrine of Christ does not fear a scrutiny, but will be borne out fully by the light of all Scripture.

 

2Ti 3:16 KJV.  All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:

 

Those who reason (from the Scriptures concerning "Christ crucified") may expect (and trust) that God will reveal "The Truth of His Grace" through His written word. 

 

May we walk daily in a "Noble" state of mind!






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