Acts 17


Acts 17:28

for in Him we live and move and exist, as even some of your own poets have said, ‘For we also are His children.’

In Him. When you believed the good news about Jesus, you were sealed in him (Eph. 1:13). All the blessings of heaven are found in him (Eph. 1:3), and in him we have redemption, forgiveness, and righteousness (2 Cor. 5:21, Eph. 1:7). All the promises of God are yes in him (2 Cor. 1:20), and in him you have been made complete (Col. 2:10). In him we live and move and have our being (Acts 17:28). See entry for Union.


Acts 17:29

“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.

The children of God. A better translation might be “offspring of God” since the original word does not mean children. Although God is the Father of us all (Mal. 2:10, 1 Cor. 8:6, Eph. 3:15), the phrase “children of God” usually refers to believers (Rom. 9:8, 1 John 5:2). See entry for Children of God.


Acts 17:30

“Therefore having overlooked the times of ignorance, God is now declaring to men that all people everywhere should repent,

(a) All people everywhere should repent. Like Peter, Paul understood that God wants no one to perish but all to come to repentance (2 Pet. 3:9). All people includes Jews and Gentiles, both good and the bad.

(b) Repent. To repent means to change your mind. In context, it means changing your mind about Christ and the goodness of God (Rom. 2:4). Paul is echoing Jesus who said “Repent and believe the good news” (Mark 1:15). “Change your unbelieving mind and believe the glad tidings of God’s grace and forgiveness.” See entry for Repentance.


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