With all of the talk of fake news in the world lately, it’s become quite the practice to discount the source of any news we are not already inclined to believe. But it’s obvious to us these days that we cannot simply believe everything we read or hear.
When you see or hear or read something, you must consider the source. But that’s not really a new thing.
In 1 Thessalonians 2.13, Paul commends the believers there for being willing to do just that, consider the source:
“And we also thank God constantly for this, that when you received the word of God, which you heard from us, you accepted it not as the word of men but as what it really is, the word of God, which is at work in you believers.”
Now, as Paul is addressing these believers that were so precious to him, he continues to relay his gratitude. He praises the fact that they heard and accepted their message and considered the source—that it came from God.
These Thessalonians heard the message and recognized that, while the words were coming through the mouths of these men, the message was from God.
But how? How could they know that?
Paul includes the answer. He says that they recognized their teaching as “the word of God, which is at work in you believers.” That’s it. They were able to recognize the message as coming from God because God was at work in them.
Every person that chooses to put their trust in Jesus, to be saved, does so because God by the Holy Spirit is working upon his heart, convicting him of his sinful life, convincing him that Jesus died in his place, and compelling him to call out to God in faith to receive the gift of a new life that lasts forever.
Have you experienced that?
A Real Life Faith is built upon God-given truth. So consider the source.