Acts 17.19-21, Galatians 2.16-20 & Hebrews 10.26-29 – Commitment to Christ
Posted: 2 June 2010 in Acts, Ephesians, Galatians, Hebrews

“And they took him [Paul], and brought him unto Areopagus, saying, May we know what this new doctrine, whereof thou speakest, is? For thou bringest certain strange things to our ears: we would know therefore what these things mean. (For all the Athenians and strangers which were there spent their time in nothing else, but either to tell, or to hear some new thing.)”

“Knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the law, but by the faith of Jesus Christ, even we have believed in Jesus Christ, that we might be justified by the faith of Christ…… and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.”

“For if we sin wilfully after that we have received the knowledge of the truth, there remaineth no more sacrifice for sins, But a certain fearful looking for of judgment….. Of how much sorer punishment, suppose ye, shall he be thought worthy, who hath trodden under foot the Son of God…… and hath done despite unto the Spirit of grace?”

The passage from Acts is, of course, a caricature of what an English journalist has more recently described as the chattering classes. They simply must be up with all the latest developments in intellectual fashion, but the essential hollowness of all their chatter is betrayed by their reluctance to make any sort of commitment.

The passage from Galatians briefly describes Christianity as being a commitment to the only means of salvation God has made available to mankind. Namely through faith in the sacrificial death of Christ. But then in Hebrews comes the warning about treating too lightly a sacrifice made at great cost to God himself. If the Athenians’ caution in too easily committing themselves had been motivated by that thought, then perhaps they would have displayed great wisdom after all.

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