Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | November 21, 2019

“they received the word with great eagerness, examining the Scriptures daily to see whether these things were so.”

Today’s devotion comes from Acts 17:1-15.

“Now when they had traveled through Amphipolis and Apollonia, they came to Thessalonica, where there was a synagogue of the Jews.  And according to Paul’s custom, he went to them, and for three Sabbaths reasoned with them from the Scriptures, explaining and giving evidence that the Christ had to suffer and rise again from the dead, and saying, “This Jesus whom I am proclaiming to you is the Christ.” And some of them were persuaded and joined Paul and Silas, along with a large number of the God-fearing Greeks and a number of the leading women.  But the Jews, becoming jealous and taking along some wicked men from the market place, formed a mob and set the city in an uproar;  and attacking the house of Jason, they were seeking to bring them out to the people.  When they did not find them, they began dragging Jason and some brethren before the city authorities, shouting, “These men who have upset the world have come here also;  and Jason has welcomed them, and they all act contrary to the decrees of Caesar, saying that there is another king, Jesus.”  They stirred up the crowd and the city authorities who heard these things.  And when they had received a pledge from Jason and the others, they released them.

The brethren immediately sent Paul and Silas away by night to Berea, and when they arrived, they went into the synagogue of the Jews.  Now these were more noble-minded than those in Thessalonica, for they received the word with great eagerness, examining the Scriptures daily to see whether these things were so.  Therefore many of them believed, along with a number of prominent Greek women and men.  But when the Jews of Thessalonica found out that the word of God had been proclaimed by Paul in Berea also, they came there as well, agitating and stirring up the crowds.  Then immediately the brethren sent Paul out to go as far as the sea;  and Silas and Timothy remained there.  Now those who escorted Paul brought him as far as Athens;  and receiving a command for Silas and Timothy to come to him as soon as possible, they left.”  Acts 17:1-15.

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The Bereans were praised for examining the Scriptures to see if the things taught by Paul and Silas were true.

Trying to follow their good example, the goal of Reformed Doctrine Daily Devotions is to examine all of the Scriptures to see generally whether Reformed Doctrine is true, including specifically whether “TULIP”, the Five Points of Calvinism, is the true doctrine of salvation.

Reformed Doctrine Daily Devotions goes through all of the Scriptures in its order, not only to present daily “today’s Scripture” (the next Scripture in line), but to also bring in other Scriptures, no matter where located, to helps us understand today’s Scripture.  The best Reformed Doctrine Daily Devotions are the ones where the Scriptures do all the talking.

What is the gospel?

Is the gospel only an offer of God to save, dependent on man being wise enough and “free-willing” enough, so to speak, to accept it?

Or, is the gospel God’s sovereign and comprehensive action, “the power of God for salvation” dependent on God alone, of God doing all that is necessary for man’s salvation from beginning to end?

Is the “offer gospel” good news to man dead in sin?

Or, is the “gospel of God’s sovereign and comprehensive action” good news to man dead in sin?

What does all of Scripture show?

Moreover, I, the author of Reformed Doctrine Daily Devotions, am only a layman.  In the concluding paragraph of “About Me” section of my web site, I state:  “Although I do my best to present true teachings, these are my teachings as a layman.  (I am an attorney, not a minister).  And, although I have been taught by and otherwise influenced by certain Reformed denominations through the years from a very early age to date, my teachings are not necessarily the teachings of the Christian Reformed Church, Presbyterian churches, the Protestant Reformed Churches, nor any other denomination.  The reader is advised to follow the example set forth in Acts 17:11:  “Now these were more noble-minded than those in Thessalonica, for they received the word with great eagerness, examining the Scriptures daily to see whether these things were so.”


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