Are You a “Noble” Person?

You don’t have to belong to a hereditary class with high social or political status to be noble. It’s not necessary to have “blue blood” or to possess a title of honor.

In a sense, the word “noble” refers to the person who has outstanding moral qualities, or who is honest, honorable, and of good heart. It describes the one who demonstrates a fair attitude towards truth and despises deception. Moreover, such a person is brave because he defends what is right without fear.

Several years after the death of Jesus Christ, some inhabitants of the ancient Greek city of Berea demonstrated that they had this honorable quality. The book of Acts indicates that they were “noble” because of the way in which they carefully investigated Paul and Silas’ preaching about Jesus Christ. It says that “they received the word with all eagerness, examining the Scriptures daily to see if these things were so” (Acts 17:11).

From this passage we learn that true nobility is demonstrated by a fair investigation of the Bible. Although at that time there was much opposition to the teachings of Jesus, the Greeks of Berea were not afraid to learn more about them. They had an open mind. They were brave.

Today, Jesus is looking for people who, like these, respect the Bible and investigate its claims without fear. To these He says, “Search the Scriptures because you think that in them you have eternal life; and it is they that bear witness about me” (John 5:39).

Whether or not you are a noble person in God’s eyes will depend on your attitude towards His word. The one who investigates the statements of the Bible without prejudice or fear has a nobility that is greater than that of kings!

–Jerry Falk