God Has Made Himself Known ~ Reflections from Acts

Acts 17 recounts Paul and Silas’ adventures in Thessalonica, Berea and Athens. In each of these cities, he was “reasoning” with the Jews and the philosophical Greeks about the message of the Gospel. I absolutely love the sermon he gives to the Epicurean and Stoic philosophers in Athens when he finds their monument to the “UNKNOWN GOD”. For reference, the Epicureans and Stoics were two separate schools of thought in the Greco-Roman world. The Epicureans believed the goal of life was to avoid pain and seek pleasure at all costs because the universe was seen as essentially random. The Stoics favoured a virtuous lifestyle in tune with nature as they believed the universe was ordered and rational. They really were opposite ends of a spectrum. ⠀

Paul presents the gospel which holds to neither of these positions. It cuts to the very heart of who we are and how God has made Himself known to humanity.⠀

“The God who made the world and everything in it, being Lord of heaven and earth, does not live in temples made by man, nor is he served by human hands, as though he needed anything since he himself gives to all mankind life and breath and everything. And he made from one man every nation of mankind to live on all the face of the earth, having determined allotted periods and the boundaries of their dwelling place, that they should seek God, and perhaps feel their way toward him and find him. Yet he is actually not far from each one of us,…”⠀

Acts 17:24-31 ESV⠀

So what do we do with God’s revelation to all of us? We MUST respond with repentance. We must also be good Bereans (Acts 17:11) and search the scriptures daily because God has revealed Himself most fully in the Bible–AKA Jesus Christ in print.⠀

The key is knowing He can be KNOWN and we must respond to this revelation. We are without excuse. ⠀

Do you know Him, today friend? I’d love to hear from you. Drop me a comment… 👇🏼⠀

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