Paul introduces to different audiences our God, the one who rose from the dead who is no longer an unknown God. He emphasized these 4 main points.
1. Our God is the God of all creation
2. Our God is the God of personal involvement
3. Our God is the God of repentance
4. Our God is the God of Judgment
One of the things I loved in this verse is how Paul “met” with each crowd he came across in their place and beliefs. The message was the same but he would acknowledge each groups spirituality, as we are not called to ignore one’s beliefs but our task is to explain the way of God more accurately. .
Paul began with the present spiritual condition of his audience - Acts 17: 23-27
a. They believed in supreme beings, but didn't know the True God
b. With the Jews he began with the Law, with the Gentiles he began with the nature of God; we too should take into consideration where one is spiritually.
Father God, I believe you have equipped us all to “meet” people where they are. We are not to judge but to love on each person we come in contact with, where they are. To walk alongside them and when prompted by the Holy Spirit to speak in peace and love the truth of God. Help us to follow the example you have given us in Paul. Amen
Posted on Thu, February 26, 2015
by Annette McClure