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The Revelation Of Jesus Christ: thou hast tried them which say they are apostles, and are not, and hast found them liars.

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SIH TOTT ICONRev 2:2 KJV – I know thy works, and thy labour, and thy patience, and how thou canst not bear them which are evil: and thou hast tried them which say they are apostles, and are not, and hast found them liars:

In this section of Scripture, the Lord is commending the church at Ephesus for their many acts of service to Him.     One of the areas of commendation they receive is concerning their testing of those who claimed to be sent by God.  During the course of their examination they found these men to be liars.   In actuality, they were the servants of Satan who were attempting to mislead the church into sinful errors.

Folks, one of the great needs of our day are for Christians to examine those who claim to be messengers of God and to properly discern their intent.  There are many false teachers in our midst who seek to pervert the teachings of God’s Word for the profiting of the powers of darkness of this world and their own personal benefit.

The only way that a proper examination of those who claim to be sent by God is by examining the message that they proclaim, verbally and through their actions, to see if they align themselves with the truths of God’s Word.

 

In the Bible, we read of the faithful Bereans who unfailingly examined the teachings they received…

And the brethren immediately sent away Paul and Silas by night unto Berea: who coming [thither] went into the synagogue of the Jews.  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.  (Acts 17:10-11)

 

It is important to notice two basic teachings concerning  the Berean Christians.

The first of which is their position in comparison to the Thessalonian church:

  1. They are said to be “noble”. The word noble carries with it the idea of “performing at a higher level”, “to be more pleasing”, “to do a greater work”.

In other words, the Berean Christians were performing at a higher spiritual level, were more pleasing to the Lord, and did a far greater work than their Thessalonian counterparts.

 

How did they attain such a high position over the Thessalonian church?  To answer this question leads us to our second basic teaching concerning the Bereans… the manner in which they received the Word of God:

  1. They are said to have received the Word….
    1. “with all readiness of mind” – they received it with a mind willing to be taught and to act upon it.
    2. “searched the Scriptures daily whether those things were so” – literally, they interrogated the Word to see if the teachings they received were supported by the Word. (Much like a witness is interrogated during a court proceeding).

 

Folks, this is no small issue, the ability to discern truth from error is a sign of a genuine salvation experience and the indwelling Spirit in our lives…

Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world… 
They are of the world: therefore speak they of the world, and the world heareth them
We are of God: he that knoweth God heareth us; he that is not of God heareth not us. Hereby know we the spirit of truth, and the spirit of error.  (1 John 4:4-6)

 

May we all have a great desire to be “noble” Christians who excel in our service to Christ.  May we all see our need to receive God’s Word with a mind ready to do His bidding.   But along with that, may we be willing to carefully examine what we have been taught in the light of God’s Word to make certain it is the truth.

May the Lord bless us as we seek to serve Him, the One that is so clearly revealed to us in the book of   the Revelation of Jesus Christ.

 

For an in depth look at this section of the Revelation:

http://wp.me/pU88A-3KZ

 


2 Comments

  1. SLIMJIM says:

    Thank you for this study

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