Hey Gang, I just had some thoughts and I want to send them to some of my more traditional believing friends and I wondered if any of you might think it's too hard too understand or even correct at all. Here it is......
Now while Paul waited at Athens, his spirit was provoked within him as he beheld the city full of idols. 17 So he reasoned in the synagogue with Jews and the devout persons, and in the marketplace every day with them that met him. 18 And certain also of the Epicurean and Stoic philosophers encountered him. And some said, What would this babbler say? others, He seems to be a setter forth of strange gods: because he preached Jesus and the resurrection. 19 And they took hold of him, and brought him unto the Areopagus, saying, May we know what this new teaching is, which is spoken by you? 20 For you bring certain strange things to our ears: we want to know therefore what these things mean.acts17.16
Paul waited=God is patient while people are in their carnal condition.
The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.2peter3.9
his spirit=Holy Spirit
idols=wrong views of God
in the synagogue/Jews & devout persons=with the 'religion' within people
marketplace=carnality within people
Epicurean and Stoic philosophers=our traditional non Biblical beliefs
strange gods=the One True God is strange to false views of God
Jesus and the resurrection=As in Adam all die, in Christ shall all live.1cor15.22/1Tim4.10-11!!!
Areopagus=highest in peoples 'natural' thinking.1cor2.14
new teaching=The Good News!
strange things=spiritual things verses carnal or natural. (Now the natural man receives not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him; and he cannot know them, because they are spiritually judged. But he that is spiritual judges all things1cor2.14)
We want to know=But when it pleased God….to reveal his Son in me…….gala1.15
For it is God which works in you both to will and to do of His good pleasure.phil2.13