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New American Standard Version of the Bible'I know your deeds and your toil and perseverance, and that you cannot endure evil men, and you put to the test those who call themselves apostles, and they are not, and you found them to be false... Revelation 2:1-2 (NAS)

The apostle Paul had warned the churches earlier to be aware of people who claim falsely to be apostles:

New American Standard Version of the Bible"For if one comes and preaches another Jesus whom we have not preached, or you receive a different spirit which you have not received, or a different gospel which you have not accepted, you bear this beautifully...13For such men are false apostles, deceitful workers, disguising themselves as apostles of Christ.  And no wonder, for even Satan disguises himself as an angel of light.  Therefore it is not surprising if his servants also disguise themselves as servants of righteousness; whose end shall be according to their deeds."  2 Corinthians 11:4, 13-15  (NAS)

The church in Ephesus was commended for testing these people, to see in fact if they were true.

How do you feel about testing those today who claim to be apostles, teachers or preachers of the truth?  How do you feel about checking out what they say to see if it is in accordance with the scriptures?  Consider the example of the Christians in the city of Berea:

New American Standard Version of the Bible"And the brethren immediately sent Paul and Silas away by night to Berea; and when they arrived, they went into the synagogue of the Jews.  Now these were more noble-minded than those in Thessalonica, for they received the word with great eagerness, examining the Scriptures daily, to see whether these things were so."  Acts 17:10-11  (NAS)

Do you have your Bible out now?  Are you examining the Scriptures to see if this lesson (or any other lesson here) is correct?  We strongly encourage you to do so. If you see anything in any of these lessons that does not appear to be in line with what the scriptures teach, please contact us (click on the at the top of the page for contact information).

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