Paul preached his gospel everywhere he went. In Corinth most received and believed it but there were some who sneered at the idea of the resurrection of the dead, and some were even teaching that it had already taken place, and that teaching was spreading like gangrene, ruining the faith of some believers.

Paul’s evidence against it was proving through scripture its falseness and the fact that many firsthand eyewitnesses saw the risen Savior. In Paul’s letters to Timothy, Paul instructs him how to deal with false doctrines and false teachers. It must be done in the right spirit; out of love, with gentleness, kindnesses, not quarrelsome, patiently enduring evil and handling scriptures correctly.

Our Lord expects His people to know His word, the scriptures. In Mat. 21:42, while dealing with the Chief Priests and elders, He asks them a rhetorical question, "Have you never read…?" and then quotes scripture, meaning that they should have known that scripture. Likewise in dealing with a false teaching about the resurrection in Mat. 22:29, He says, "You are mistaken, not knowing the Scriptures nor the power of God."

The attitude God expects in us can be seen in Acts 17:11, "Now 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." God considers believers who receive the word with eagerness and are diligent to prove if what is spoken to them is true or not according to scripture on a daily basis, have a noble character! They were "testing the spirits", more on this next week.

— Jim Lokenbauer