Posts Tagged ‘Paul in Athens’

Acts 17:22-34 Meet The Unknown God

The ONLY one that can be filled

We join Paul in the midst of the Areopagus. This was the temple and the civil court under the “authority” of the god Ares. “This body held extensive authority over the civil and religious life of Athens. In Paul’s day, it exercised jurisdiction especially in the matters of religion and morality” (ESV Study bible notes on Acts 17:19).  He is presented with the opportunity to speak to the leaders of Athens about the One true God.

Athens was a very religious community. They worshiped EVERYTHING! And to make sure they didn’t miss something/someone, they had an alter for the “unknown god.” Paul was able to use this as a springboard for his testimony regarding Jesus and the One true God. God opened a door for him, even in the midst of one of the most pagan societies ever.

Paul was also able to capitalize on their desire for new things. Athenians were known for their desire for new ideas. Paul had a new twist on an old idea. As William Shakespeare said “There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio, than are dreamt of in your philosophy.” These people knew there was more but they didn’t know where to look. They had a God sized hole that they were trying to fill with little gods. Read more »

Acts 17:16-21 While Paul Waits

Paul is ready to share Jesus wherever he is at!

We join Paul in Athens. He was taken there after his life was in danger again in Berea. Silas and Timothy remained behind to continue building the new body of believers.

The first thing that I see when reading this passage is that city was ripe for spiritual warfare. This city was full of idols and idol worshipers BUT there was still a presence of God fearing Jews and devout Gentiles. These men and women lived and worked in the center of all the pagan god worshipers.

Paul was ever ready to engage in confronting others with the gospel. We are told that “he reasoned in the synagogue with the hews and the devout persons, and in the marketplace every day with those who happened to be there” (verse 17). Paul was not shy about sharing anywhere he was. He was still as bold that day as he was when he first met Jesus. Read more »