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Making God Known

by on November 20, 2015

Making God Known

To Those Who Do Not Know – Acts 14 and 17

When speaking to those who know something about God you can begin with assumptions. When speaking to those who do not know, you cannot make assumptions – you must begin with the most basic elements. In today’s post- modern world these elements are critically important.

Following are some passages and lessons we can learn from them:

“Men of Athens, I perceive that in all things you are very religious;
People are religious

I even found an altar with this inscription: TO THE UNKNOWN GOD. Therefore, the One whom you worship without knowing, Him I proclaim to you:
People worship something

“God, who made the world and everything in it, since He is Lord of heaven and earth, does not dwell in temples made with hands.
There is a Creator

“Nor is He worshiped with men’s hands, as though He needed anything, since He gives to all life, breath, and all things.
He is not contingent on anything

“And He has made from one blood every nation of men to dwell on all the face of the earth,
We are His creation

“So that they should seek the Lord, in the hope that they might grope for Him and find Him, though He is not far from each one of us;
He is accessible

“For in Him we live and move and have our being, as also some of your own poets have said, ‘For we are also His offspring.’
There is a native knowledge of a god of some kind

“Therefore, since we are the offspring of God, we ought not to think that the Divine Nature is like gold or silver or stone, something shaped by art and man’s devising.
We are somehow like Him and He is somehow like us

“Truly, these times of ignorance God overlooked, but now commands all men everywhere to repent,
Now is the time to repent

“Because He has appointed a day on which He will judge the world in righteousness by the Man whom He has ordained. He has given assurance of this to all by raising Him from the dead.”
Judgment is coming

And when they heard of the resurrection of the dead, some mocked, while others said, “We will hear you again on this matter.”
There is a resurrection – believe it or not

However, some men joined him and believed,
Some will believe – many will not

Also in Acts 14 Paul deals with a similar type of audience. Saying”

We also are men with the same nature as you, and preach to you that you should turn from these useless things to the living God, who made the heaven, the earth, the sea, and all things that are in them,
Change your ways and turn to the Living God

“Who in bygone generations allowed all nations to walk in their own ways.

“Nevertheless He did not leave Himself without witness, in that He did good, gave us rain from heaven and fruitful seasons, filling our hearts with food and gladness.”
Your very life comes from God’s blessings of rain and harvest
God is the source of food and gladness of heart

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