by Darla Noble
We know that the Son of God has come, and has given us an understanding, that we know him who is true, and we are in him who is true, in his Son Jesus Christ. This is the true God, and eternal life.
1 John 5:20
Paul finds himself in Athens among men and women who sit around all day, talk about the latest news, and voice their thoughts and ideas on life in general. From these discussions came some great works of literature and even some pretty amazing scientific discoveries. But these discussions also resulted in some pretty far-fetched ideas about how the world was created and who or what was in control of the universe.
Paul knew these men and women were deep thinkers and that they relied heavily on logic and evidence to prove whether or not something was true. So that is how he approached them when sharing the truth of Jesus, His death, burial, and resurrection. The Bible tells us he reasoned with them and proved to them the Good News of the Gospel. He took the time to walk them through God’s truth; beginning with creation and the prophecies, to the fulfillment of them through Jesus. And guess what? Many believed and were baptized into Christ for the forgiveness of sins.
Romans 1:19-21 tells us that God created us with an inborn knowledge that He is the Creator and Master of the universe. But because of sin and free will, many have chosen to reject or ignore that knowledge. What about you? Do you know there is only one God and one Savior, who is Jesus? Does your life reflect this truth?
God, keep my mind and my heart open to the truth. Help me live a life that reflects the truth and one that shares this truth with others. In Jesus’ Name, I pray, Amen.