Acts 17:16-34 Ven. Dan Gifford
In Athens, Paul is invited to speak in the Areopagus In his speech, Paul echoes Deuteronomy (Deut. 4:7), quotes Greek poets, and proclaims the day of God’s righteous judgment through a resurrected man, Jesus.
In response to an altar to the unknown God, Paul says: “What therefore you worship as unknown, this I proclaim to you: “The God who made the world and everything in it, being Lord of heaven and earth, does not live in temples made by man, nor is he served by human hands, as though he needed anything, since he himself gives to all mankind life and breath and everything.” (17:23-25). In the pluralistic culture of Athens, dominated by vague spirituality (like Vancouver!), Paul proclaims the One Creator God who is totally sovereign yet not far from his children; who is transcendent but makes himself known to his covenant people. We have the same privilege of proclaiming the God who we have come to know in and through Jesus Christ, the resurrected Lord and Judge of all people.