All believers in the Lord Jesus Christ are called the “saints” of God—not because they are perfect, but simply because they are His. In the original Greek, the word hagios, which is translated as our English “saints,” means set apart ones. Saints are those whom God has set aside according to His eternal, sovereign purpose.
To all in Rome who are loved by God and called to be saints: Grace and peace to you from God our Father and from the Lord Jesus Christ. (Romans 1:7)
To the church of God in Corinth, to those sanctified in Christ Jesus and called to be saints, together with all those everywhere who call on the name of our Lord Jesus Christ–their Lord and ours. (1 Corinthians 1:2)
God calls these saints to be “searching saints,” and what they are to be diligently searching are the sacred Scriptures. Jesus said,
You diligently study the Scriptures because you think that by them you possess eternal life. These are the Scriptures that testify about me. (John 5:39)
So . . . if you are in Christ you are one of those set apart for God. Are you a searching saint who is investing time in searching the Scriptures? The Greek ereunao, the word rendered as search in John 5:39, can be likened to someone who is panning for gold. Gravel and sand is scooped into a pan and gently agitated in water. The gold panner slowly sifts and pours out the water and lighter materials. The heavier materials, including possible nuggets of gold, sink to the bottom of the sediment. What remains within the pan is then scrutinized (searched) to find any gold that might be there. The primary reason we are called to be searching saints is because skimming the surface will never bring us into the deep truths of the Gospel. For those who are satisfied with milk, a mere surface reading will accomplish this goal. But for those who hunger and thirst after the Master’s meat, which will cause them to grow and mature in the faith, a diligent and disciplined searching of the Scriptures is required.
The writer of the epistle to the Hebrews cautioned, “Anyone who lives on milk, being still an infant, is not acquainted with the teaching about righteousness. But solid food is for the mature, who by constant use have trained themselves to distinguish good from evil” (Hebrews 5:13-14). We must dig, sift, and mine our way through God’s holy Word if we wish to find its hidden treasures. Every believer must be a Berean believer.
Now the Bereans were of more noble character than the Thessalonians, for they received the message with great eagerness and examined the Scriptures every day to see if what Paul said was true. (Acts 17:11)
This passage clearly suggests that there is a great return given by God to those who emulate the Bereans in searching the Scriptures. First, the Bereans are said to have been of more noble character than the Thessalonians, and the passage tells us why: it was because of their great passion and precision in searching the Scriptures every day. This was not done when they got around to it or had nothing else better to do. This was not reserved for their time in corporate worship service. But daily did the Bereans search the sacred Scriptures to see if what Paul said was true.
Oh, how we need more Bereans today in the church of Jesus Christ! With so many theologically barren pulpits across our country, we need to be a people of the Word by being a people who are in the Word. The more we search the Scriptures, the more we come face to face with our beloved Savior: “Beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, [Jesus] explained to them what was said in all the Scriptures concerning himself” (Luke 24:27).
Marinate in that Gospel truth for a moment. Regardless of where you open up the Scriptures, you come face to face with Jesus. From Genesis to Revelation we are confronted with our Savior and Lord in every passage. Let us all be “searching saints,” and let this be the confession of our lives!
This is the Gospel. This is grace for your race. NEVER FORGET THAT . . . AMEN!