|Acts 17:26-286 |
26 He has made from one blood all nations of men to dwell on all the face of the earth, and has determined the allotted times and the boundaries of their habitation;
27 So that they should seek the Lord, and perhaps might feel after him and find him, though he is not far from every one of us. [Paul has just told us the single purpose of this life: to reach out and find God. From the Word of the Lord within: "The earth exists for the saints;" the earth exists to produce saints, who are sons of God with his Spirit in control of their thoughts, words, and deeds, thus to bring pleasure, honor, and glory to God. God is not found in sect meetings; God is not found in the Bible, which only testifies of Him. George Fox wrote: "The Father is in you all, Christ is in you, and the Kingdom of Heaven is in you; there, in your hearts, is where you will find them all. Know him there searching your hearts, and find him there trying your minds and hearts; incline your ears, and give ear to him there, who will render to everyone of you according to your words and works whether they are good or evil."]
28 For in him we live and move, and have our being;1 as certain of your own poets have said, 'For we are his offspring.'
29 Then since we are the offspring of God, we ought not to think that the Divine Nature is like gold or silver or stone, an image shaped by man's devising.
30 These times of ignorance God has overlooked; but now he commands all men everywhere to repent,2
31 Because he has appointed a day in the which he will judge the world in righteousness by that man whom he has appointed. And he has given assurance of this to all men, by raising him from the dead."
32 Now when they heard of the resurrection of the dead, some mocked, but others said, "We will hear you again on this matter."
33 So Paul departed from among them.
34 However, certain men joined him and believed; among whom were Dionysius the Areopagite, and a woman named Damaris, and some others with them.
2 God commands all men everywhere to repent, which means to give up our selfish lifestyle of lust of the flesh, lust of the eye, and pride of life, (our lusts, pleasures, habits, and affections). Christendom thinks they don't have to repent of anything. Christendom doesn't even acknowledge sin any longer. Christendom is not Christian.
This was John the Baptist's simple message of beginning repentance:
Repent: think differently; change your mind, regretting your sins and changing your conduct. Matt 3:2
Share from your excess with those who are without the necessities of life.
Be honest in all your dealings, never exaggerating or overreaching anyone.
Don't oppress people or frighten anyone, don't lie, don't want more, don't complain. Luke 3:10-14.
Then, go to Christ, listen quietly, hear, and obey his commands. For the Holy Spirit of Christ will show you the sins of your heart, prompting you to repent and change your ways.