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The Universal Call to Repent: Acts 17:27-34

June 6, 2021 Speaker: Bob DeWaay Series: Acts of the Apostles

Scripture: Acts 17:27-34

As Paul preaches on Mars Hill to Epicurean and Stoic philosophers, he uses terms familiar to them, such as genos,  to describe the reality of God as the source of the human race and the various nations. This means that everyone should seek God, but they grope around in the dark. Acts 17:29 say that Paul told the philosophers that the “offspring” (genos) of God should not think that their art or imagination represents the Creator. We discuss the Greek terms used in this verse. One of them is techne_ which is “art” and the other term means a device or imagination. Today many imagine God to be what they want Him to be, not who He has revealed Himself to be. Popular religion imagines a god who will not judge the world. Many imagine that the world is evolving into paradise without future judgment. We discuss the fact that the deception Paul confronted is very much like the deception in our culture today. This “ignorance” (using their term from Acts 17:23) has always been morally culpable ignorance, even through general revelation. Now that God gave the definitive proof through the resurrection of Christ, the command to repent cannot be ignored! Again, repentance is thematic in Luke/Acts and is emphasized here. There were three responses: some mocked, some deferred, some believed. One who believed was a member of the Aeropagus council which likely included about 30 members. Paul’s message had an impact.