17:22 Then Paul stood in front of the Areopagus and said, “Athenians, I see how extremely religious you are in every way.
17:23 For as I went through the city and looked carefully at the objects of your worship, I found among them an altar with the inscription, ‘To an unknown god.’ What therefore you worship as unknown, this I proclaim to you.
17:24 The God who made the world and everything in it, he who is Lord of heaven and earth, does not live in shrines made by human hands,
17:25 nor is he served by human hands, as though he needed anything, since he himself gives to all mortals life and breath and all things.
17:26 From one ancestor he made all nations to inhabit the whole earth, and he allotted the times of their existence and the boundaries of the places where they would live,
17:27 so that they would search for God and perhaps grope for him and find him–though indeed he is not far from each one of us.
17:28 For ‘In him we live and move and have our being’; as even some of your own poets have said, ‘For we too are his offspring.’
17:29 Since we are God’s offspring, we ought not to think that the deity is like gold, or silver, or stone, an image formed by the art and imagination of mortals.
17:30 While God has overlooked the times of human ignorance, now he commands all people everywhere to repent,
17:31 because he has fixed a day on which he will have the world judged in righteousness by a man whom he has appointed, and of this he has given assurance to all by raising him from the dead.”
Paul’s argument is going against every single religion out there that is composed of idol worship. Idols were often objects of worship and Paul here is stating that there is the God who is not formed or crafted by any human means or standards. The God we serve is loving, caring and is readily available to us when we seek Him. There is no ritual or specific way that we need to approach God. He is a God who has created us and therefore knows us more intimately then we know ourselves.
Paul is describing the only true God that is not confined to an image made from gold, silver or stone. He is not made by any human image and His power, knowledge and love stretches far beyond any human mind or idol that the world attempts to create. He also has no man-made dwelling place. He is an omnipresent God, meaning He is everywhere at all times. We do not need to got a specific place to access God. He is always with us and we can pray to Him at any time and any place.
Our God is a God that is above all rulers and is the only God that is able to rescue us from sin and provide us with true hope, peace and joy in our lives. Let us be thankful that we serve a God whose love and power transcends any and all other “idol made gods” of this world.