Christ exhorted, “Search the scriptures” (John 5:39). The Bereans were noble for, along with receiving the Word with all readiness, they “searched the scriptures daily” (Acts 17:11). Today, we should heed the Lord’s exhortation and emulate the example of the Bereans. Kind reader, as you “search the scriptures,” can you find the following?
The name you wear in religion? Remember, speaking of the name Christ, “Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved” (Acts 4:12). In searching the Scriptures, can you find,
The church of which you are a member? If the Bible is our road map from earth to heaven, how can we expect to reach the desired destination being a member of some institution whose name does not even appear in its pages? Think it over! In searching the Scriptures, can you find,
The worship you render? Can you present divine authority and sanction for the burning of incense, washing of feet and instrumental music in worship to God today? Where is the Scripture? In searching the Scriptures, can you find,
The confession you made? What confession did you make before you were baptized? Did youconfess, “I believe that God for Christ’s sake has pardoned my sins?” Can you find it in the Bible? In searching the Scriptures, can you find,
The baptism to which you submitted? Did you have water sprinkled or poured upon you when you were an infant—or maybe later? Can you find book, chapter and verse from the Scripture for such a practice in the Christian age? Where can we read that sprinkling is baptism or that infants are proper subjects for such? Also, if you were baptized because you were already saved, where do you read of such in the Bible? In conclusion, we ask, can you be satisfied rapidly and speedily marching toward eternity having patterned your life after matters which you cannot find in the Scriptures? This is a serious matter!
Beacon, Vol. 25 #35