It is an amazing act of grace that Jesus gave them and He also gives us more credit than we deserve. The main point in these verses is not how we have received the Father’s Word and obeyed it, but rather that we have it – given to us by Jesus! The proof of how they received it would unfold in their lives and ministry after receiving the Holy Spirit.
The proof of our receiving God’s Word is in living it out day after day. It should be a growing experience in us as Paul says of the Corinthians; “Now I would remind you, brothers, of the gospel I preached to you, which you received, in which you stand” (1 Corinthians 15:1). Are you standing in the truth of the gospel, the Father’s Word? Let’s make our lives actually agree with the credit we are given.