The Message Paul Delivered To Athens Is Relevant In Our Life Today

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Paul's message to Athens

The Book of Acts  gives account of the birth and expansion of the church.  It outlines actions of prominent leaders, such as Peter and Paul.    In Acts 17:22-23Acts 17:22-23
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22 Then Paul stood in the midst of Mars' hill, and said, Ye men of Athens, I perceive that in all things ye are too superstitious. Mars' hill: or, the court of the Areopagites 23 For as I passed by, and beheld your devotions, I found an altar with this inscription, TO THE UNKNOWN GOD. Whom therefore ye ignorantly worship, him declare I unto you. devotions: or, gods that ye worship  

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, Paul addressed the council, acknowledging their religious ways and addressing their shrines.  He  focused specifically on the altar inscribed ‘To an Unknown God’.  The message Paul delivered to Athens is relevant in our life today, and is powerful!

Acts 17:24-31Acts 17:24-31
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24 God that made the world and all things therein, seeing that he is Lord of heaven and earth, dwelleth not in temples made with hands; 25 Neither is worshipped with men's hands, as though he needed any thing, seeing he giveth to all life, and breath, and all things; 26 And hath made of one blood all nations of men for to dwell on all the face of the earth, and hath determined the times before appointed, and the bounds of their habitation; 27 That they should seek the Lord, if haply they might feel after him, and find him, though he be not far from every one of us: 28 For in him we live, and move, and have our being; as certain also of your own poets have said, For we are also his offspring. 29 Forasmuch then as we are the offspring of God, we ought not to think that the Godhead is like unto gold, or silver, or stone, graven by art and man's device. 30 And the times of this ignorance God winked at; but now commandeth all men every where to repent: 31 Because he hath appointed a day, in the which he will judge the world in righteousness by that man whom he hath ordained; whereof he hath given assurance unto all men, in that he hath raised him from the dead. hath given...: or, offered faith  

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 24  “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, 25 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.  26 From one man he created all the nations throughout the whole earth.  He decided before-hand when they should rise and fall, and he determined their boundaries.  27  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.  28 For in him we live and move and exist.  As some of your own poets have said, ‘We are his offspring.’  29 And since this is true, we shouldn’t think of God as an idol designed by craftsmen from gold or silver or stone.  30 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.  31 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.”

How could something written thousands of years ago, be so relevant in our life today?  Because, God  is our heavenly father, the great I Am.  He draws us near to Him and offers salvation through repentance with a great reward!  [John 3:16John 3:16
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16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.  

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Revelation 3:10-13Revelation 3:10-13
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10 Because thou hast kept the word of my patience, I also will keep thee from the hour of temptation, which shall come upon all the world, to try them that dwell upon the earth. 11 Behold, I come quickly: hold that fast which thou hast, that no man take thy crown. 12 Him that overcometh will I make a pillar in the temple of my God, and he shall go no more out: and I will write upon him the name of my God, and the name of the city of my God, which is new Jerusalem, which cometh down out of heaven from my God: and I will write upon him my new name. 13 He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches.  

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 “Because you have obeyed my command to persevere, I will protect you from the great time of testing that will come upon the whole world to test those who belong to this world 11  I am coming soon.  Hold on to what you have, so that no one will take away your crown.  12  All who are victorious will become pillars in the Temple of my God, and they will never have to leave it.  And I will write on them the name of my God, and they will be citizens in the city of my God – the new Jerusalem that comes down from heaven from my God.  And I will also write on them my new name.  13 Anyone with ears to hear must listen to the Spirit and understand what he is saying to the churches.

Jumping over to the Book of Revelation, Jesus foretells of what is to become of our world, the wrath of God; total devastation, eventually leading to the destruction of this world as we know it.  But, those who have accepted Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior, have repented their sins, and are living their life for Jesus will not endure this devastation.  God gives us so many opportunities to become a believer in Him.  Are you saying ‘yes’ to your invitation?  Can you believe without seeing?  Or are you one who needs to see to believe?  Remember the message Paul delivered to Athens. Is it relevant in your life today?

Written by Mary Hudak-Collins

Mary Hudak-Collins

2 thoughts on “The Message Paul Delivered To Athens Is Relevant In Our Life Today

  1. Martha Orlando

    Mary, I think Paul’s message is so needed in our fallen and broken country, especially now when so many chase after worldly idols. They have fallen away from God who wants nothing more than for His children to turn to Him in love.
    Beautifully written, my friend.
    Love and blessings!

    1. mhudakcollins Post author

      Martha, when I think back to stories shared by my mother and father about their ‘growing’ up years, I remember them mostly being about hard times, not enough food or clothing, etc. I remember saying I would never be the parent that said “back in my day…”, but shame on me, I just can’t help it. Although, when I grew up, times were relatively good. We didn’t have much, but we didn’t want for much either. We made our own fun, worked hard, and studied hard. I remember my father telling me that we make the best of whatever situation we find ourselves in. I have held onto that for my life-time.
      Now, when I talk to my children, I cringe at today’s world and what shape we are in. I dread that my children have to be raised in these conditions, such a broken and sinful country. Every where you turn today, there is not much love to be offered. It’s so sad. I thank God every day for leading me back into church. A church full of loving, compassionate sinners who have been forgiven by the blood of Christ. The world makes itself so appealing to the youth, but I am grateful that we have a full church of youth, strong in their faith. They are an inspiration to us older ones to never loose faith…God is always working amongst us whether we are aware of it or not 🙂
      Thank you Martha for stopping by! God bless you and your family ♥♥♥

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