The Man whom He has ordained: Jesus Christ.
For the Father judges no one,
but has committed all judgement
to the Son,
The Judge is still withholding judgement.
The Athenians were super-naturalists – they believed in supernatural powers that intervened in the course of natural laws. They at least acknowledged the existence of someone beyond their ability to understand who had made all things. Paul thus had the opportunity to introduce them to the Creator-God who could be known (Deut. 4:35; 1 Kin. 8:43; 1 Chr. 28:9; Ps. 9:10; Jer. 9:24; 24:7; 31:34; John 17:3).
Commentary from the MacArthur study Bible, notes for Acts 17:23,24.
The kingdom of God-the sphere of salvation, the gracious domain of divine rule over believers’ hearts.
Commentary from the MacArthur study Bible, notes for Acts 1:3.
God’s objective for man in revealing Himself as the creator, ruler, and controller of the world is so that man will seek Him. We have no excuse for not knowing about God because He has revealed Himself in man’s conscience and in the physical world.
Commentary from the MacArthur study Bible, notes for Acts 17:27.
What happened following the persecution of Christians by Saul described in Acts 7, 8.
This refers to the exclusivity of salvation by faith in Jesus Christ. There are only two religious paths: the broad way of works salvation leading to eternal death, and the narrow way of faith in Jesus, leading to eternal life (Matthew 7:13,14).
Commentary from the MacArthur study Bible, notes for Acts 4:12.
God gave them up, judicially abandoning the people to their sin and idolatry. The context here is Israel’s idolatrous worship of the sun, moon and stars (the host of heaven), which began in the wilderness and lasted through the Babylonian captivity.
Commentary from the MacArthur study Bible, notes for Acts 7:42.