Your word is a lamp to my feet
And a light to my path.
Volume 02, Number 45
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Love Tyler R.R.
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Kindness Aaron B.
Goodness John B.
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The Berean Jews in Acts 17:11 were a rare exception to those Paul ordinarily
spoke with on his journeys. He always went first to Jewish synagogues as he
traveled and spoke to them for such was God’s commands: “I am not ashamed of
the gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God unto salvation to the Jew
first, and also to the Greek” (Romans 1:16). Then, of course, he spoke to
them first because they were of his people. The general reaction Paul
received from his nation was that a few would accept his teaching, but the
greater majority would reject and persecute him for his teaching. The
Bereans were an exception to this. They “received the word with all
readiness of mind and searched the scriptures daily whether these things
were true” (Acts 17:11). The result of this attitude was that “many of them
therefore believed, also of the Greek women of honorable estate and of the
men not a few” (Acts 17:12).
Yet despite the warm reception he had
received of the Bereans, Paul was not spared from persecution. The Jews from
Thessalonica, having heard he was in Berea, went there and stirred up and
troubled the multitude and once more it became necessary that Paul move on.
However, in this case, Paul traveled alone. Silas and Timothy remained
behind. Brethren conducted Paul safely to Athens and when they were
returning to Berea, Paul told them to send Silas and Timothy to him with all
haste (Acts 17:15).
Athens, in Paul’s day, was a great cultural
center and regarded as the center and height of wisdom and learning. It had
world-renowned teachers and some of the world’s greatest philosophers. Yet
in their wisdom which they gloried in, they proved themselves to be fools
because they were addicted to idolatry.
When Paul wrote the Roman church he spoke of
Gentiles in general, but he could have spoken of the Athenians in
particular, when he said, “For the invisible things of him since the
creation of the world are clearly seen, being perceived through the things
that are made, even his everlasting power and divinity, that they may be
without excuse, because that knowing God, they glorified him not as God
neither gave thanks: but became vain in their reasonings, and their
senseless heart was darkened. Professing themselves to be wise, they became
fools, and changed the glory of the incorruptible God for the likeness of an
image of corruptible man, and of birds, and four-footed beasts, and creeping
things” (Romans 1:20-23).
As Paul traveled the streets of Athens “his
spirit was stirred within him as he found the city full of idols” (Acts
17:16). One cynic spoke of the age saying it “was easier to find an idol in
Athens than a man”. Apparently the city authorities were so fearful that
they would leave out and therefore offend some minor deity that they erected
an altar with the inscription, “To an Unknown God”. Paul saw that altar and
when he was called upon by men there to explain “this new teaching” he had
been heard to preach, he began by referencing that “unknown God” which they
ignorantly worshipped. Paul told his listeners he wanted tell them about
that “unknown God”. Paul affirmed that “unknown God” actually was the One
who had made the world and everything in it. That God did not need anything
from man because He was the provider of all the needs of the Athenians. He
was also a God that did not dwell in temples made with human hands. He told
them that one of their own prophets had said that man was himself the
offspring of that “unknown God”. He assured them that it was in God that
they lived, moved, and had their very being. Furthermore, since man is the
offspring of that God, He was not to be likened to gold, silver, stone, or
an image graven by the art and device of man. Man isn’t; neither is He of
whom man is the “offspring”.
Paul then told them that the times of such
ignorance God had once overlooked, but now He commanded all men that they
should repent of such superstition, ignorance, and folly. God will hold man
accountable because “He has appointed a day in which He will judge the world
in righteousness by the man whom He has ordained and has given assurance to
all men of the certainty of all this in that he hath raised that Man from
the dead” (Acts 17:24-31).
Most of the learned men scoffed at Paul’s
assurance that there will be a resurrection from the dead. I suspect that
were there men to speak truthfully today on the same subject, the majority
of them would also deny that a resurrection will occur. But a majority
Like the Athenians, let us be reminded that
God has appointed a day in which He will judge the world by Jesus. The
Athenians will all be there. I will be there. You will be there. Books will
be opened and the Athenians, I, and you will be judged according to the
things written in that Book. The God that so few people recognize and bow
before will pass His unalterable sentence on each of us according to our
deeds. What will your sentence be?
A GOSPEL MEETING
Joe R. Price
ourselves together (Heb. 10:25).
to hear God’s word (Acts 10:33).
to grow in Christ (1 Pet. 2:1-2).
power of the gospel (Rom. 1:16).
the word (2 Tim. 4:2).
the saints with the gospel (Acts
unto Jesus (Heb. 12:1-2).
things of the Spirit (Rom. 8:5).
the works of darkness (Eph. 5:11).
faith (Heb. 10:36-39).
time to be holy (1 Pet. 1:13-17).
in prayer (1 Tim. 2:1).
is the day of salvation (2 Cor. 6:2).
and teach all nations (Matt. 28:19).
The Mt. Baker church of Christ welcomes you to our gospel meeting, and
invites you to join us for Bible study as we learn God’s will for our lives
(2 Tim. 2:15;
2 Cor. 13:5). One goal of our gospel meeting is for each person to hear the
word of God. Personal faith is produced and salvation is received by hearing
the Bible, believing it and obeying it (Rom. 10:17;
We welcome your Bible questions, and we will gladly study more of God’s word
with you if that is your wish. We want to live by faith, and we want that
for you, too. We live by faith in Christ by following God’s word in all we
say and do (Jas. 1:21-25; Col. 3:17;
Gal. 3:26-27). Thank you for visiting our gospel meeting.
Created by John Bass, last updated.
The Mount Baker Beacon is a
weekly publication of the Mt. Baker church of Christ, Bellingham, WA.
Send all questions, comments to the editor, John Bass at (360) 325-5149