What would Paul say to an unbeliever today?

Posted: June 15, 2015 in God's Love Letters to you - The BIBLE (Basic Instructions Before Leaving Earth)

Paul, a highly educated Jewish man, chosen by God even after his persecution of emerging believers in Jesus as the awaited Messiah, had this to say to the highly educated Athenians of his day who worshipped many Greek idols, as we today put many idols before God. He answers the question, “Why follow God’s son to salvation?” in just a few sentences still so relevant to highly sophisticated people of 2015:

“This God made the world and everything in it.

He is Lord of heaven and earth, and he doesn’t live in temples built by human hands.

He doesn’t need help from anyone.

He gives life, breath, and everything else to all people.

From one person Go made all nations who live on earth, and he decided when and where every nation would be.

God has done all this so that we will look for him and reach out and find him.

He isn’t far from any of us, and he gives us the power to live, to move, and to be who we are.

‘We are his children…’

Since we are God’s children, we must not think that he is like an idol made out of gold or silver or stone.

He isn’t like anything that humans have thought up and made.

In the past, God forgave all this because people did not know what they were doing.

But now, he says that everyone everywhere must turn to him.

He has set a day when he will judge the world’s people with fairness.

And he has chosen the man Jesus to do the judging for him.

God has given proof of this to all of us by raising Jesus from the dead.” (Acts 17:24-31)

These most learned men’s reaction in the next verse was how arrogant, self-sufficient people of today continue to respond to the good news of free salvation, they 1) laughed and 2) delayed thinking about their decision by saying, “We will hear you talk about this some other time.” — which becomes their decision of “no” I don’t need a savior, thank you anyway God.

Choose to believe Paul’s words today. Ask God to reveal the truth of his words to you while there is still time. At the end of human time, God’s word says he will send two witnesses to preach salvation to an unbelieving world. What if Paul was one of them — to reach the Gentiles (those not of Jewish faith) along with an Old Testament saint such as Elijah or Moses to preach that Jesus is the long awaited Messiah to the Jewish people? Would you rather believe his words now, or when they would be repeated then, preceded by, “It is written…”


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