No Other God
So Paul, standing before the council, addressed them as follows: “Men of Athens, I notice that you are very religious in every way, for as I was walking along I saw your many shrines. And one of your altars had this inscription on it: ‘To an Unknown God.’ This God, whom you worship without knowing, is the one I’m telling you about.
“He is the God who made the world and everything in it. Since he is Lord of heaven and earth, he doesn’t live in man-made temples, and human hands can’t serve his needs—for he has no needs. He himself gives life and breath to everything, and he satisfies every need. From one man he created all the nations throughout the whole earth. He decided beforehand when they should rise and fall, and he determined their boundaries.
“His purpose was for the nations to seek after God and perhaps feel their way toward him and find him—though he is not far from any one of us. For in him we live and move and exist. As some of your own poets have said, ‘We are his offspring.’ And since this is true, we shouldn’t think of God as an idol designed by craftsmen from gold or silver or stone.
“God overlooked people’s ignorance about these things in earlier times, but now he commands everyone everywhere to repent of their sins and turn to him. For he has set a day for judging the world with justice by the man he has appointed, and he proved to everyone who this is by raising him from the dead.”
Acts of the Apostles 17:22-31 NLT
While Paul and Silas were in Berea, some trouble was created by Jews from Thessalonica. So, Paul was sent away to Athens, where he was troubled by all the idols he saw. He went to the synagogues to reason with the Jews and God-fearing Gentiles. He even spoke in the public square to people who would listen. The writer of Acts lets us know that the Athenians were very interested in spending time discussing the latest ideas. So, they brought Paul to the council to hear what he had to say.
Paul bravely shared a masterful message about their idol labeled “To the Unknown God.” Paul pointed out that the God he served created all the universe so He couldn’t be an idol formed by gold or silver or stone. Then Paul drove home his message by bringing up that God had proved that Jesus was God by raising Him from the dead.
The resurrection of Jesus was the center point of all the arguments of the New Testament believers. They believed that Jesus died on the cross for the sins of all mankind, and then God raised Him from the dead to prove He was the Messiah, Son of God, and Savior of the world.
We need to remind ourselves we serve a resurrected Christ. He has all power, authority, and dominion. He conquered death. He can handle whatever we are facing. Nothing is impossible to our God. There is no other God besides Him.
Lord Jesus, today, I pause to say thanks for Your death and resurrection. Thanks that You paid for my sins and rose again to prove You are the Son of God. You are Lord. I invite You to be Lord in my life today.
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