Acts 17:22–31 (NASB)
22 So Paul stood in the midst of the Areopagus and said, “Men of Athens, I observe that you are very religious in all respects. 23 “For while I was passing through and examining the objects of your worship, I also found an altar with this inscription, ‘TO AN UNKNOWN GOD.’ Therefore what you worship in ignorance, this I proclaim to you. 24 “The God who made the world and all things in it, since He is Lord of heaven and earth, does not dwell in temples made with hands; 25 nor is He served by human hands, as though He needed anything, since He Himself gives to all people life and breath and all things; 26 and He made from one man every nation of mankind to live on all the face of the earth, having determined their appointed times and the boundaries of their habitation, 27 that they would seek God, if perhaps they might grope for Him and find Him, though He is not far from each one of us; 28 for in Him we live and move and exist, as even some of your own poets have said, ‘For we also are His children.’ 29 “Being then the children of God, we ought not to think that the Divine Nature is like gold or silver or stone, an image formed by the art and thought of man. 30 “Therefore having overlooked the times of ignorance, God is now declaring to men that all people everywhere should repent, 31 because He has fixed a day in which He will judge the world in righteousness through a Man whom He has appointed, having furnished proof to all men by raising Him from the dead.”
John 8:55 (NASB) and you have not come to know Him, but I know Him; and if I say that I do not know Him, I will be a liar like you, but I do know Him and keep His word.
Titus 1:16 (NASB) They profess to know God, but by their deeds they deny Him, being detestable and disobedient and worthless for any good deed.
2 Timothy 3:5 (NASB) holding to a form of godliness, although they have denied its power;
Question: What is it that would make somebody think they knew God if they don’t?”
1. They have a little bit of theology.
2. They have religious feelings.
3. They go to church.
4. They do good.
5. They actually read the Bible.
1. God is.
Hebrews 11:6 (NASB) For he who comes to God must believe that He is….
2. Who God is
A. He is the Creator
B. He is Ruler.
Jeremiah 23:24 (NASB) “Can a man hide himself in hiding places So I do not see him?” declares the LORD. “Do I not fill the heavens and the earth?” declares the LORD.
Daniel 4:35 (NASB) “All the inhabitants of the earth are accounted as nothing, But He does according to His will in the host of heaven And among the inhabitants of earth; And no one can ward off His hand Or say to Him, ‘What have You done?’
C. He is Giver
D. He is the Controller.
Psalm 31:15 (NASB) My times are in Your hand
E. He is Revealer
Jeremiah 29:13 (NASB) ‘You will seek Me and find Me when you search for Me with all your heart.
Psalm 145:18 (NASB) The LORD is near to all who call upon Him, To all who call upon Him in truth. God reveals himself! He not hiding from anyone!
3. What God is Saying
Jude 14–15 (NASB)14 It was also about these men that Enoch, in the seventh generation from Adam, prophesied, saying, “Behold, the Lord came with many thousands of His holy ones, 15 to execute judgment upon all, and to convict all the ungodly of all their ungodly deeds which they have done in an ungodly way, and of all the harsh things which ungodly sinners have spoken against Him.”