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He Has Given Assurance to All–Acts 17:22-34

The Apostle Paul was a man of great learning. He had an elite education. He was, by any reasonable standard, an effective writer. While in Athens, the crown jewel of Greece and Greek culture, Paul followed his typical pattern of proclaiming Christ in the synagogue among his fellow Jews. From there he expanded his witness to the Gentiles. It was during this time that certain men of influence invited Paul to make his theological arguments before the gathered philosophers in the amphitheater (Areopagus) on Mars Hill. The Greeks, like most of the peoples in the Ancient Near East, conceived of a rather chaotic universe overseen by a multiplicity of gods. These gods were variously gifted with different powers, authority, and spheres of influence. Like their human creators, the gods could be kind or cruel, thoughtful or capricious, faithful or duplicitous, honorable or immoral. They were at times jealous of one another to point of engaging in warfare. The gods were also amorous, engaging in sexual relations with each other and/or various human consorts. The religious world of the Ancient Near East, including the sophisticated Greeks, was one of superstition. Paul’s address to the philosophers in Athens aimed directly at their superstitious view of reality. He confronted them with a vision of the world which was certainly supernatural but not at all superstitious. The universe was created intelligently and orderly. The world did not spill forth from the chaotic fumblings of the gods. Ours is a world created and upheld by an eternal and self-sufficient God. Furthermore, it is a world which has been frustrated and broken by sin. As Paul proclaimed on Mars Hill, now is the time for repentance; the time for sinners to turn away from their sin. Rebellion against God and the ruin it has caused must be reckoned with in a just universe. God has been patient. He has withheld judgment. But the day is coming when Jesus Christ himself will judge the world in righteousness. And God has not left us without a witness to this coming day. The resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead – an historical fact witnessed by many hundreds of people and confirmed through 2,000 years of attack – is the assurance God has provided that, while judgment is coming, salvation for everyone who believes is also held forth freely. The authority of Jesus to judge the hard-hearted and to save all who believe was confirmed in his glorious resurrection from the grave. Jesus is both our dying Savior and risen Redeemer and King.

49 MINAPR 21
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He Has Given Assurance to All–Acts 17:22-34

Genesis Part 4: Behold Your God (2)–Genesis 1

There is none like you, O LORD; you are great, and your name is great in might. (Jeremiah 10:6) What we believe about God matters more than we can probably imagine. God did not give us an enormous book of Divinely inspired Scripture so that we could conclude that theology is not all that important or does not have much to do with our lives. We were made to know and love God. But how can we know and love God if we do not know him according to his word? God has not left us ignorant about what he is like and he does not allow us to conceive of him in any way we prefer. Rather, beginning with the first words of the Bible, God begins to progressively reveal himself to his people. What an enormous privilege we have in being invited to know God! As the first chapter of Genesis unfolds it becomes clear that there are great mysteries being revealed. By mystery, we do not mean something that cannot be understood or explained. Rather, mystery, in the sense that the Bible typically uses it, ref...

41 MINAPR 14
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Genesis Part 4: Behold Your God (2)–Genesis 1

Genesis: Behold Your God (1)–Genesis 1:1 (Isaiah 40:1-31)

Go on up to a high mountain, O Zion, herald of good news; lift up your voice with strength, O Jerusalem, herald of good news; lift it up, fear not; say to the cities of Judah, “Behold your God!” (Isaiah 40:9) In the fifth century, Augustine wrote, “If you understand a being, it is not God.” Many generations later in 1961 J.B. Phillips, in his pamphlet, Your God is Too Small, observed that contemporary Christians had, in essence, made for themselves a god who bore little resemblance to the eternal and almighty God of Scripture. Peter Sanlon warns, “Planted deep in our hearts are the roots of a weed that smothers our attempts to think about God faithfully. We nurture the assumption that God is basically a bigger, more powerful version of us. This idea is a noxious weed, yet we try to grow it into grand thoughts about God. The belief that God is simply a bit bigger than us is fit only for the fire” (Simply God, 25). Though God is not like us, though we cannot fully understand him...

46 MINAPR 7
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Genesis: Behold Your God (1)–Genesis 1:1 (Isaiah 40:1-31)

Latest Episodes

He Has Given Assurance to All–Acts 17:22-34

The Apostle Paul was a man of great learning. He had an elite education. He was, by any reasonable standard, an effective writer. While in Athens, the crown jewel of Greece and Greek culture, Paul followed his typical pattern of proclaiming Christ in the synagogue among his fellow Jews. From there he expanded his witness to the Gentiles. It was during this time that certain men of influence invited Paul to make his theological arguments before the gathered philosophers in the amphitheater (Areopagus) on Mars Hill. The Greeks, like most of the peoples in the Ancient Near East, conceived of a rather chaotic universe overseen by a multiplicity of gods. These gods were variously gifted with different powers, authority, and spheres of influence. Like their human creators, the gods could be kind or cruel, thoughtful or capricious, faithful or duplicitous, honorable or immoral. They were at times jealous of one another to point of engaging in warfare. The gods were also amorous, engaging in sexual relations with each other and/or various human consorts. The religious world of the Ancient Near East, including the sophisticated Greeks, was one of superstition. Paul’s address to the philosophers in Athens aimed directly at their superstitious view of reality. He confronted them with a vision of the world which was certainly supernatural but not at all superstitious. The universe was created intelligently and orderly. The world did not spill forth from the chaotic fumblings of the gods. Ours is a world created and upheld by an eternal and self-sufficient God. Furthermore, it is a world which has been frustrated and broken by sin. As Paul proclaimed on Mars Hill, now is the time for repentance; the time for sinners to turn away from their sin. Rebellion against God and the ruin it has caused must be reckoned with in a just universe. God has been patient. He has withheld judgment. But the day is coming when Jesus Christ himself will judge the world in righteousness. And God has not left us without a witness to this coming day. The resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead – an historical fact witnessed by many hundreds of people and confirmed through 2,000 years of attack – is the assurance God has provided that, while judgment is coming, salvation for everyone who believes is also held forth freely. The authority of Jesus to judge the hard-hearted and to save all who believe was confirmed in his glorious resurrection from the grave. Jesus is both our dying Savior and risen Redeemer and King.

49 MINAPR 21
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He Has Given Assurance to All–Acts 17:22-34

Genesis Part 4: Behold Your God (2)–Genesis 1

There is none like you, O LORD; you are great, and your name is great in might. (Jeremiah 10:6) What we believe about God matters more than we can probably imagine. God did not give us an enormous book of Divinely inspired Scripture so that we could conclude that theology is not all that important or does not have much to do with our lives. We were made to know and love God. But how can we know and love God if we do not know him according to his word? God has not left us ignorant about what he is like and he does not allow us to conceive of him in any way we prefer. Rather, beginning with the first words of the Bible, God begins to progressively reveal himself to his people. What an enormous privilege we have in being invited to know God! As the first chapter of Genesis unfolds it becomes clear that there are great mysteries being revealed. By mystery, we do not mean something that cannot be understood or explained. Rather, mystery, in the sense that the Bible typically uses it, ref...

41 MINAPR 14
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Genesis Part 4: Behold Your God (2)–Genesis 1

Genesis: Behold Your God (1)–Genesis 1:1 (Isaiah 40:1-31)

Go on up to a high mountain, O Zion, herald of good news; lift up your voice with strength, O Jerusalem, herald of good news; lift it up, fear not; say to the cities of Judah, “Behold your God!” (Isaiah 40:9) In the fifth century, Augustine wrote, “If you understand a being, it is not God.” Many generations later in 1961 J.B. Phillips, in his pamphlet, Your God is Too Small, observed that contemporary Christians had, in essence, made for themselves a god who bore little resemblance to the eternal and almighty God of Scripture. Peter Sanlon warns, “Planted deep in our hearts are the roots of a weed that smothers our attempts to think about God faithfully. We nurture the assumption that God is basically a bigger, more powerful version of us. This idea is a noxious weed, yet we try to grow it into grand thoughts about God. The belief that God is simply a bit bigger than us is fit only for the fire” (Simply God, 25). Though God is not like us, though we cannot fully understand him...

46 MINAPR 7
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Genesis: Behold Your God (1)–Genesis 1:1 (Isaiah 40:1-31)

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