Theme: BUILDING ON THE FOUNDATION
Text: “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.
Comment: The people of Berea did not dismiss the teachings of St. Paul, though they sounded strange, but readily received what was preached and took time to search the Scriptures whether what was preached to them were in accordance with the Scriptures. Because of this attitude which was highly commended by St. Paul “many of them believed; also of honourable women which were Greeks, and of men, not a few”. (Acts 17:12) This passage was no doubt written for the benefit of those who truly want to serve God. This is the time God has appointed for His people to seek Him as to be found of Him. After now, the door will be shut, and as it is commonly said, “opportunity once lost is never regained”. It is dangerous therefore to delay. – Luke 13:6-9; Amos 8: 11,12.
It is only by believing the truth, putting one’s whole trust in JEHOVAH and Christ Jesus and supporting the Kingdom on earth, spiritually, financially or morally, that one can be saved. (John 8:32,51) The Bible says, “Seek ye the LORD while he may be found, call ye upon him while he is near: Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts: and let him return unto the LORD, and he will have mercy upon him; and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon.” – Isaiah 55:6, 7.