Acts 17:10-11 10The brothers immediately sent Paul and Silas away by night to Berea, and when they arrived they went into the Jewish synagogue. 11Now these Jews were more noble than those in Thessalonica; they received the word with all eagerness, examining the Scriptures daily to see if these things were so.
According to this verse, the Berean’s examined daily the things that Paul said in order to see if what he taught actually lined up with the Scriptures. Everything that Paul taught had to agree with and harmonize with “the Scriptures”. What were “the Scriptures” that these ‘noble Jewish-Bereans’ had in their possession to examine daily? Every reference to “the Scriptures“ in what we call the ‘New Testament’ was “the Law, the Prophets and the Writings”; i.e. The Word of God. At the time of Paul’s ministry the ‘New Testament’ letters as we know it didn’t exist yet.
God does nothing without first revealing it through his prophets ~
Amos 3:7 “For the Lord GOD does nothing without revealing his secret to his servants the prophets”.
Paul himself confirms this when he states that his “gospel and the preaching of Jesus Christ” is confirmed by ‘the Scriptures’ ~
Romans 16:25-26 25Now to Him who is able to establish you according to my gospel and the preaching of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery kept secret since the world began 26but now made manifest, and by the prophetic Scriptures made known to all nations according to the commandment of the everlasting God
Paul confesses right here that the good news he taught has been made known to all nations ‘by the command of God’ and ‘by the Prophetic Scriptures“.
One of the Scriptural truths that is little-known in the mainstream community is the fact that according to ‘God Almighty’ Himself, the commands, statutes and decrees that He gave through Moses cannot be added to or taken away from, ever.
What does the text say?
Deuteronomy 12:32-13:5 32“Everything that I command you, you shall be careful to do. You shall not add to it or take from it.” 1If a prophet or a dreamer of dreams arises among you and gives you a sign or a wonder, 2and the sign or wonder that he tells you comes to pass, and if he says, ‘Let us go after other gods,’ which you have not known, ‘and let us serve them,’ 3you shall not listen to the words of that prophet or that dreamer of dreams. For the LORD your God is testing you, to know whether you love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul. 4You shall walk after the LORD your God and fear him and keep his commandments and obey his voice, and you shall serve him and hold fast to him. 5But that prophet or that dreamer of dreams shall be put to death, because he has taught rebellion against the LORD your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt and redeemed you out of the house of slavery, to make you leave the way in which the LORD your God commanded you to walk. So, you shall purge the evil from your midst.”
Deuteronomy 4:1-2 “And now, O Israel, listen to the statutes and the rules that I am teaching you, and do them, that you may live, and go in and take possession of the land that the Lord, the God of your fathers, is giving you. You shall not add to the word that I command you, nor take from it, that you may keep the commandments of the LORD your God that I command you.
These are the facts, and not even Paul can contradict God! If he had, if Paul had contradicted God and taught that the Law of God given through Moses was revoked, abolished and not to obeyed then he would have been ‘taking away from‘ the Law and he is, thereby, a false prophet for ‘teaching rebellion‘, as per Deuteronomy 12:32-13:5 above.
By the way, this same truth applies to Jesus. As an Israelite from the tribe of Judah, and the only one who ever obeyed the Law of God perfectly, he in no way violated the commands in these verses in Deuteronomy above. If Jesus had taught, or commanded anyone to break and/or change the Law of Moses he would have himself violated the Law of Moses. Adding to or taking away from the established Law of God would have disqualified Jesus from being the Messiah. He would have been branded a sinner, as someone who ‘taught rebellion‘ against God.
Yet, mainstream Christianity believes in a Messiah that has done just that.?.?
Even though God said that His ‘Laws’, His ‘Instructions’, are forever and that nothing is to be added to it nor taken from it, almost every Christian denomination teaches and believes in a Jesus that changed and did away with God’s Law. The majority of mainstream Christianity believes that the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob did not mean forever when He said “forever“.
That god is a liar. That messiah is a sinner.
The real God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob keeps his Word ~
Numbers 23:19 God is not man, that he should lie, or a son of man, that he should change his mind. Has he said, and will he not do it? Or has he spoken, and will he not fulfill it?
1 Samuel 15:29 And also the Glory of Israel will not lie or have regret, for he is not a man, that he should have regret.”
Judges 2:1 Now the angel of the Lord went up from Gilgal to Bochim. And he said, “I brought you up from Egypt and brought you into the land that I swore to give to your fathers. I said, I will never break my covenant with you,
Psalm 89:34 I will not violate my covenant or alter the word that went forth from my lips.
Malachi 3:6 “For I the LORD do not change; therefore you, O children of Jacob, are not consumed.
Hebrews 1:12 like a robe you will roll them up, like a garment they will be changed. But you are the same, and your years will have no end.”
Hebrews 6:18 so that by two unchangeable things, in which it is impossible for God to lie, we who have fled for refuge might have strong encouragement to hold fast to the hope set before us.
Hebrews 13:8 Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.
Titus 1:2 in hope of eternal life, which God, who never lies, promised before the ages began
The God of Abraham, Jesus and Paul keeps His Word, He means what He says, He does not lie and He does not change.
No prophet in any Scripture ever proclaimed that God’s Laws would ever become null and void or abolished or cease to be valid.
What does the text say?
Deuteronomy 12:28 & 32 28 Be careful to obey all these words that I command you, that it may go well with you and with your children after you forever, when you do what is good and right in the sight of the LORD your God… 32 Everything that I command you, you shall be careful to do. You shall not add to it or take from it.
The real Jesus never taught against nor did he ever authorize any changes to the Law of God given through Moses, and neither did Paul; please read ‘Paul Commands Us to Uphold the Law‘, ‘Zealous for the Law‘ and ‘Fulfilled or Abolished‘.
Furthermore, the Holy Spirit of God through Luke’s “post–Resurrection” writing about Stephen’s trial, proclaims Jesus did not change Moses.
What does the text say?
Acts 6:11-14 11Then they secretly instigated men who said, “We have heard him (Stephen) speak blasphemous words against Moses and God.” 12And they stirred up the people and the elders and the scribes, and they came upon him and seized him and brought him before the council, 13and they set up false witnesses who said, “This man never ceases to speak words against this holy place and the law, 14for we have heard him say that this Jesus of Nazareth will destroy this place and will change the customs that Moses delivered to us.”
What did the text say?
Verse 13 says “and they set up false witnesses”!
The Holy Spirit clearly states that “false witnesses“ were brought in to accuse Stephen of blasphemy against the Law. Therefore, since these were false witnesses, Stephen did not blaspheme or speak against the Law of Moses.
These same “false witnesses“ claimed Jesus would change the customs that Moses delivered. Again, since these were false witnesses, Jesus did not change the customs that Moses delivered.
God’s Spirit-inspired-Word proclaims the accusation that Jesus came to change Moses is “false“, yet this is the very thing that mainstream Christianity teaches to be true!?!
Tragically, the church today takes the side of those that conspired against Stephen and lied about Jesus.
99% of today’s Christian population take the side of those false witnesses. Why? It’s because we were taught from the cradle that Jesus came to abolish and to do away with the Law of Moses. According to what we have just read in the ‘Word of God’ this is actually false.
What does the text say?
“Everything that I command you, you shall be careful to do. You shall not add to it or take from it.” | God Almighty
Nowhere in the Law, the Prophets and the Writings, (“the Scriptures”) is it stated that the Law of God given through Moses would ever be done away with or abolished.
On the contrary, it is stated in scores and scores of verses that His Law is forever, perpetual, always, throughout the generations! Please read “Forever Means Forever“, as well as, the ‘forever list’ at the bottom of the blog for over 60 of these verses.
His “Laws” are His “Instructions” for living righteously as His set-apart people, not for “salvation” or “justification”; see “Justification vs. Righteousness“
Final Thought: Jesus did not come to change or void the Law of Moses, and God the Son confirms this: “But it is easier for heaven and earth to pass away than for one dot of the Law to become void.” |Luke 16:17
Heaven and earth are still here, therefore, the Law of Moses is still in authority and in force; at least according to the Son of God. Please read “Fulfilled or Abolished” for the full Scriptural and Greek definitions of this verse in Luke.
This study can now be seen on YouTube at: ‘Examining the Scriptures‘.
- For further study of Paul’s teachings, as well as the original Greek, please see the blog posts at the bottom of this page. Be a Berean, and test Paul’s doctrines to the “Scriptures”. Please ‘share’ this study, and thank you for your time!