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IBC Women’s Blog Post October 17, 2019

IBC Women’s Blog Post October 17, 2019

Move together through Acts: Chapters 17-18 by Jodie Montgomery

Acts 17:22-23  So Paul stood in the midst of the Areopagus and said, “Men of Athens, I observe that you are very religious in all respects. For while I was passing through and examining the objects of your worship, I also found an altar with this inscription, ‘TO AN UNKNOWN GOD.’ Therefore what you worship in ignorance, this I proclaim to you. 

When Paul boldly proclaimed the Gospel to the “spiritual” minded Greeks in the center of civic life in Athens, Paul wedged the Foundation Stone into the midst of philosophical thought…forever. The Greeks loved the pursuit of pleasure and applauded gods that were not personal, or interruptive of the people’s day. The scholar Witherington quoted the Epicureans as believing “Nothing to fear in God; Nothing to feel in death: Good can be attained; Evil can be endured.” Other philosophical views promoted superiority and self-imposed misery. We are what we believe and beliefs can make for a very broken people.

We fool ourselves in thinking we are spiritually intellectual when we refuse the revelation that God provides. We love to think of ourselves as spiritual. Paul addresses our spiritual being and elevates our thoughts with God’s story of Himself. The Divine cannot be concocted by the art or thought of mankind. People need a Word from the Divine to discover His Truth. God provides such a Word in the person of the Lord Jesus Christ. Paul declares that “God will judge the world in righteousness through a Man whom He has appointed, having furnished proof to all men by raising Him from the dead.” The resurrection validates our Savior. God reveals humankind needs a Redeemer.

What is the response to God’s revelation through Paul in Athens? Curiosity with a willingness to hear more. Sneers. And some believed.

It is God who sustains all things, including His revelation of Himself. Today, He continues to participate in human existence and we should be grateful. As Paul stated, “for in Him we live and move and exist.”