Beautiful Words of Acts 17

 

Acts 17:22  So Paul, standing in the midst of the Areopagus, said: “Men of Athens, I perceive that in every way you are very religious.

23 For as I passed along and observed the objects of your worship, I found also an altar with this inscription, ‘To the unknown god.’ What therefore you worship as unknown, this I proclaim to you.

24 The God who made the world and everything in it, being Lord of heaven and earth, does not live in temples made by man,

25 nor is he served by human hands, as though he needed anything, since he himself gives to all mankind life and breath and everything.

26 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,

27 that they should seek God, in the hope that they might feel their way toward him and find him. Yet he is actually not far from each one of us,

28 for “‘In him we live and move and have our being; as even some of your own poets have said, “‘For we are indeed his offspring.

29 Being then God’s offspring, we ought not to think that the divine being is like gold or silver or stone, an image formed by the art and imagination of man.

30 The times of ignorance God overlooked, but now he commands all people everywhere to repent,

31 because he has fixed a day on which he will judge the world in righteousness by a man whom he has appointed; and of this he has given assurance to all by raising him from the dead.”

32 Now when they heard of the resurrection of the dead, some mocked. But others said, “We will hear you again about this.”

33 So Paul went out from their midst. 34But some men joined him and believed, among whom also were Dionysius the Areopagite and a woman named Damaris and others with them.

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4 thoughts on “Beautiful Words of Acts 17

  1. 32 Now when they heard of the resurrection of the dead, some mocked. But others said, “We will hear you again about this.”

    A guy I work with always throws out comments at me about my beliefs. “What God? There is no God. You’re wasting your time, man.” And yet another woman, a Mormon, listened intently – asking questions along the way and eventually, gave her heart to the Lord Jesus and is still following Him – still asking questions and still loving Him.

    It amazes me that here we are, 2000+ years later and man has not changed at all. Some are still mocking and others are still saying, “I’d like to hear more.”

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  2. I love this passage, too. The way his words point them toward God. The way he is careful and patient with his words.

    “The times of ignorance God overlooked, but now he commands all people everywhere to repent,”

    The coming of Jesus changed everything.

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  3. There is so much to digest in that passage, I’ve lost count of how many times I’ve read that through now, but something different stands out each time. What a message, the gospel proclaimed simply and truthfully has the power to transform some lives, and yet for others it goes straight through to the backstop. I see the message of the Parable of the Sower in these verses.!

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  4. I just love this passage. THere is NO EXCUSE. I just wish that the christians would heed how Paul used the surrounding to bring the gospel to a dying people. So simplistic. We seem to over play and lose many. Again, back to biblical basic, like you always keep saying M’Kayla.
    I am so grieved when I hear that so many have departed from the WORD of GOd. They have every excuse.
    Some even have the audacity to say that we ‘worship’ the bible.

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