Acts

The God who can be known

Acts 17:23: for as I was passing through and considering the objects of your worship, I even found an alter with this inscription:

Acts 17;23b

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.

Seek the Lord

Acts 17;27

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.

No Other Name

No Other Name

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.

Idolatrous Worship of the Sun, Moon and Stars

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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.