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The Foolishness of Trusting Human Wisdom #1006

22  Then Paul stood in the midst of the Areopagus and said, “Men of Athens, I perceive that in all things you are very religious; 23  for as I was passing through and considering the objects of your worship, I even found an altar with this inscription: TO THE UNKNOWN GOD Therefore, the One whom you worship without knowing, Him I proclaim to you:” (Acts 17:22–23, NKJV)

On Mars Hill, not far from the Athenian Acropolis where the Parthenon stands above the city (the temple dedicated to Athena, the patron goddess of Athens), the apostle Paul proclaimed the true God to Greek philosophers – the intellectuals of his day. Despite their daily intellectual adventures of telling or hearing some new thing, they worshiped in ignorance – they did not know the One true God. Trusting in human wisdom, intellectualism and eloquence results in spiritual failure. Salvation in Christ does not depend upon scholarly achievement and academic prowess, but upon the power of the gospel (Rom. 1:16; 1 Cor. 1:18-25). Honoring the true God calls for utter humility on our part. Without shame, Paul proclaimed the One God who could save them from their misguided philosophies. Today the same God continues to offer the same salvation from the foolish philosophies of human weakness and sin. The question is, will we be wise enough to believe and follow God rather than men?

Some New Thing #763

For all the Athenians and the foreigners who were there spent their time in nothing else but either to tell or to hear some new thing. (Acts 17:21, NKJV)

When the apostle Paul brought the gospel of Christ to Athens, it was certainly new to the ears of the idolatrous philosophers of Mars Hill. One God, creative, self-sustaining, sovereign, purposeful, merciful, authoritative, and judge of the world; this was truly an “unknown God” to them. It is alarming that even now, not a few who name Christ as their Lord are discontent with the “old paths” of God’s gospel. They want a new message and exciting messengers. The same old gospel no longer thrills them. Even though a new gospel will not save one lost soul. Every perversion of sound doctrine corrupts and condemns (Gal. 1:6-10). The gospel has not changed since the first century (1 Pet. 1:23-25). Every attempt to improve upon its power to save is a futile and faithless endeavor (Rom. 1:15-16).