Posted by: SandreS | January 27, 2010

Paul’s Neglected Message – The Message of Mars’ Hill (Acts 17) Part #1

Even among those who place a great emphasis on Paul, with his unique apostleship and message, there is an amazing neglect of one of his most outstanding messages found in the Book of Acts. I am referring to his message given on Mars’ Hill in Acts chapter 17.

There seems to be a great familiarity with the first account that is reported in this chapter: Paul at the city of Berea, with those who nobly searched the Scriptures daily. But when it comes to the next city that Paul encounters, it does not get as much attention as it should.

Paul moved on from Berea to Athens, and while there he gave one of his most remarkable addresses. The content of his message to this group of unbelieving pagans has been overlooked for far too long. These words of Paul contain a very rich message. Preserved in the Scriptures, we know that it not only was a challenge to the pagans of Athens, but that it will prove to be a challenge to the members of Christ’s Body as well. The real challenge for us in the message that he gave will be whether or not we even have an adequate perception of Paul’s core message at all.

Over the next few days we will be taking a look at Paul’s message recorded in Acts 17:22-31. It will not be an exhaustive look by any means. Neither do I intend that it be so. What I desire to do in this short series is to simply cast a little light upon some of the neglected things that Paul declared. This means that we will deliberately pass over many wonderful statements of Paul. Do not allow these readings to be the end of the matter for you. Study the entire passage for yourself – not missing one morsel of greatness that is contained in it.

Clyde L. Pilkington, Jr.
Bible Student’s Notebook
© 2009, 2010

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