Eighthly, Imprisonment which is of two descriptions, namely:
He is about to speak to the highest audience in all of Greece, the philosophical leaders of all of Greece in an open-air forum.
This audience, who spend all their time looking for something they have never heard before, has little knowledge of Jewish history or the ancient scriptures. What will he say to them to try to win them to Christ?
Will the Holy Spirit break through the hardness of their intellectual pride with the reality of Christ crucified for their sins? Surely this situation has striking parallels to the intellectual pride of today and the apparent ineffectiveness of the Gospel against it!
As you do, think about how this message differs from what Paul might have said in a Jewish synagogue. As before, please read each of the following segments for yourself before reading my comments. His first impression in the minds of the Stoics and Epicureans was that he had picked up on the signs of a religious culture of which they were very proud.
At the same time, I think the NASB does its usual exellent job of conveying full and correct meaning. What can we glean from this? It can be used to represent the degree to which the devout Jew practiced the Law scrupulously in all things, and it can also be used to represent superstitions held scrupulously.
But I suspect Paul chose this word to emphasize the scrupulous nature of their religious practice, regardless of whether it was truth or superstition. Today missionaries recognize that superstitious religions in unreached tribal societies are strongly held by their practitioners and need to be overcome with the truth of the Gospel.
Why are these two words important? Religiosity was important to the pride of the Athenians, whether true or false. Paul is not saying yet that the object of their religion is true or false, only that they are religious, which they would have taken as a compliment at least the Stoics would have, and the Epicureans would have been proud of being religiously irreligious.
No one had to teach him the rudiments of Greek religion, he understood them by observation and reason. It was a fire insurance policy, just in case they had left any god out!
It was an acknowledgment on their part that there may be a god unknown to them, who they would worship even if He was unknowable. An agnostic is a person who believes that there may be a God but He cannot be known. This is an easy and convenient position to take today because modern science gives us an excuse to reject the miraculous.
Even if such proof were available, it would not be sufficient for admission into Heaven! In spite of such flawed thinking, Paul is about to explain to his audience that the god they thought could not be known, has, in fact, gone to unimaginable extremes throughout human history to make Himself known, culminating with coming down to Earth in person and … He would have to be pre-existent and therefore the creator of everything.
He could not be contained in structures devised by humans temples. He would not need anything — no food, no dancers, no sacrifices, … none of the things the Athenians commonly brought to their altars in acts of worship.
Finally, starting with one man AdamHe filled the earth with the human race — and set times and boundaries for the rise and fall of their civilizations! This last point is important. While the Greeks took pride in their culture, they knew the nadir of Greek greatness had passed — they knew they were under Roman rule!
This was an inspired approach cliches aside, I mean that literally since the Holy Spirit was giving Paul the words and directions to use moment by moment. Why would such a God, if benevolent, allow great civilizations to fall and be replaced by others?
Even though we are in darkness like we have never experienced before, we continue to exist, to think, to touch, to hear. To do so only demonstrates our ignorance of Him. Until now, He has chosen to overlook such ignorance.
Remember ignorance is not the same as stupidity. Paul is not insulting them by saying they are of low IQ. He is simply saying that he has some information of which they are unaware.
But now He has done something undeniable, and from here on out he expects that when men become aware of this information they will see their former ignorance and change their minds.
It means to recognize wrong thinking and adopt right thinking. Why should they do such a thing, and what has this God done that makes it apparent?This publication is in answer to over forty years of urging to put the subject into print.
The correct identification of the Rich Man and of Lazarus was presented by Brother Thomas Williams in The Great Salvation (pp. ).
Brother Williams identified the Rich Man as Israel and the beggar named Lazarus as representing the Gentiles. We began the story of Paul in Ephesus in the last post, and today we continue Luke’s narrative of that two-year period.
This passage (Acts ) opens with the Jewish leadership in Ephesus already having hardened their heart, and Paul having withdrawn from the synagogue to the school of Tyrannus with those who had believed.
LongWalkers has 30 Chapters, pages, 7 full-page illustrations and the actual letter mentioned above. The book takes the reader around the world and through time in search of the truth about the returning giants.
The Project Gutenberg EBook of A Tale of Two Cities, by Charles Dickens This eBook is for the use of anyone anywhere at no cost and with almost no restrictions whatsoever.
With the physical damage to Caleb, we immediately bonded him out of jail until the trial. And in that jail you only get water, and that sparingly, though we arranged food for these men.
And if two (men) of you commit it, then hurt them both; but if they turn again and amend, leave them alone, verily, God is easily turned, compassionate." Unmarried sex is permitted with slaves and captives of war (Quran ), but the captive women must consent to marriage if .