Why would Paul be distressed to see idolatry in Athens? The philosophers listened to Paul until he spoke on the resurrection. The resurrection causes similar reactions within Australia today. The resurrection doctrine reminds us that our future is as humans, not as angels or spirits.
This is a really wonderful passage, well-known for good reason!
Paul says, “Yet he is actually not far from each one of us, for ‘In him we live and move and have our being’; as even some of your own poets have said, ‘For we are indeed his offspring.'”
God is not far from each one of us. How much this can be of use to us when speaking with those around us.
Sure, we might get mocked and despised.
And sure, in some ways, the divide between God and unbeliever is vast – Yet this is true.
That God is not far from each one of us because He is our creator, sustainer and earthly life-giver! To the believer and unbeliever alike!
It is just that for the believer, the Jesus follower, He is the life-eternal-giver as well.
And that is the good news of Jesus that we have for people. God is not far from us – Jesus is the answer! The crux and pivot and door and key!
* Gracious Father,
Please help us to spread about our lives the gospel, to our loved ones, our friends and family, those we meet throughout the week.
Help us to be bold and brave, ready to be shamed for Jesus, knowing that in Him the shame of the world has no power.