Devotional- Acts 17:16-34- Anthony Iovino

Posted: May 3, 2012 in Devotionals & Bible Studies

Devotional 4-8-07- Anthony Iovino

Dear Friends:

Take some time to read and study this passage of scripture.  The Apostle Paul is in Athens and is able to speak to those at The Areopagus and explain to them exactly who Jesus Christ is.  Paul brings to mind all the Idols that were being worshipped inGreeceat the time and how people were “spiritual”, but looking in the wrong places for God.  Pay close attention to the end of this chapter and recognize that some people “sneered” at what Paul said, as if to say we want nothing to do with this Jesus, some people, “delayed” accepting what Paul said and others accepted what he said and believed in Jesus Christ.  This is true also for our day.  People want nothing to do with Christ, others put Him off because they are too busy with living their lives, but others embrace Christ, repent and believe in their hearts that they will have eternal life through Christ.

Dear friends, if you have not already done so, take this time to slow down, look at your life and admit to God that He deserves first place in your heart.  Accept what Jesus did for you on the cross that day over 2000 years ago.  It was the greatest gift you and I could ever receive.  A perfect once and for all time sacrifice to take our sin and open the door of eternal life that is found only through faith and trust in Jesus Christ. (John 1:12-13).

Blessings- Anthony

Acts Chapter 17:16-34

Acts 17     Read   This Chapter
17:16While Paul was waiting for them   inAthens, he   was greatly distressed to see that the city was full of idols.
17:17So he reasoned in the synagogue   with the Jews and the God-fearing Greeks, as well as in the marketplace day   by day with those who happened to be there.
17:18A group of Epicurean and Stoic   philosophers began to dispute with him. Some of them asked, “What is   this babbler trying to say?” Others remarked, “He seems to be   advocating foreign gods.” They said this because Paul was preaching the   good news about Jesus and the resurrection.
17:19Then they took him and brought   him to a meeting of the Areopagus, where they said to him, “May we know   what this new teaching is that you are presenting?
17:20You are bringing some strange   ideas to our ears, and we want to know what they mean.”
17:21(All the Athenians and the   foreigners who lived there spent their time doing nothing but talking about   and listening to the latest ideas.)
17:22Paul then stood up in the   meeting of the Areopagus and said: “Men of Athens! I see that in every   way you are very religious.
17:23For as I walked around and   looked carefully at your objects of worship, I even found an altar with this   inscription: ~to an unknown god. Now what you worship as something unknown I   am going to proclaim to you.
17:24“The God who made the   world and everything in it is the Lord of heaven and earth and does not live   in temples built by hands.
17:25And he is not served by human   hands, as if he needed anything, because he himself gives all men life and   breath and everything else.
17:26From one man he made every   nation of men, that they should inhabit the whole earth; and he determined   the times set for them and the exact places where they should live.
17:27God did this so that men would   seek him and perhaps reach out for him and find him, though he is not far   from each one of us.
17:28‘For in him we live and move   and have our being.’ As some of your own poets have said, ‘We are his   offspring.’
17:29“Therefore since we are   God’s offspring, we should not think that the divine being is like gold or   silver or stone–an image made by man’s design and skill.
17:30In the past God overlooked such   ignorance, but now he commands all people everywhere to repent.
17:31For he has set a day when he   will judge the world with justice by the man he has appointed. He has given   proof of this to all men by raising him from the dead.”
17:32When they heard about the   resurrection of the dead, some of them sneered, but others said, “We   want to hear you again on this subject.”
17:33At that, Paul left the Council.
17:34A few men became followers of   Paul and believed. Among them was Dionysius, a member of the Areopagus, also   a woman named Damaris, and a number of others.
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