(16-21) Paul in Athens
Paul could not sit quietly by while unbelievers around him were given over to idolatry. He was moved to preach the Gospel immediately in whatever place he could get people to listen to him – whether in the synagogue or in the marketplace. If someone is willing to listen to us at school or at the store, we shouldn’t hesitate to share our faith with them right then and there. Time is too short to wait for the perfect time.
(22-34) Paul Addresses the Areopagus
Paul reveals to the people of Athens who the unknown God is. He talks about the God who created the world and everything in it. He tells the people of Athens that God does not live in temples made by humans and God does not need anything from humans, since He Himself is the source of everything for humans. Since we are the offspring of God, Paul shows the folly that it is to represent God with gold or silver or stone. Before God sent His Son, Jesus the Christ, he overlooked this folly; but now, no one has any excuse for failing to recognize God for Who He truly is. In Him we live and move and have our being. If we seek God, we will find Him. He is not far from each one of us.
God’s Word never returns void. Some people of Athens mocked Paul’s Gospel message, but others promised to hear him again, and still others joined him and believed.
Favorite verse: (27) 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.