God’s Declaration to All Men

Text: Acts 17:30-31

When Paul addressed the ones gathered on Mars Hill, he taught them of the “unknown God” and told them of what God was declaring to them. This is also what God is declaring to all of us. In this lesson, we will examine God’s declaration to all men.

Repent

  • Repentance – to change one’s mind, causing a change in life; Biblically, it means to turn from sin to God
  • Necessary because all have sinned (Romans 3:23; cf. Ecclesiastes 7:29) – God wants us to repent so we can have fellowship with Him (Ephesians 2:13-16; 1 John 1:5-7) and not perish (2 Peter 3:9)
  • This call to repentance is for everyone (Luke 24:47) – we cannot claim ignorance as a way to salvation (2 Thessalonians 1:8); sin still exists (Romans 3:23; 6:23); therefore, all people must repent

God Will Judge the World

  • This is why we are to repent – “because” (Acts 17:31)
  • This event is a certainty – God’s word is certain (Psalm 119:89); when God says He will do something, we know He will do it (Numbers 23:19)
  • Judgment will be based upon what we have done in this life (Ecclesiastes 12:14; 2 Corinthians 5:10)

The Day is Fixed

  • Whenever this day is, God has already determined when it will be – circumstances will not arise that will cause God to change it
  • However, just because the day is fixed does not mean that we can know when it will be (Matthew 24:36)
  • Many have made predictions about when this day will be – they have all failed; those who claim to know the day of judgment are false prophets (Deuteronomy 18:22)

His Judgment is Righteous

  • Sadly, it is not uncommon to see that justice is not carried out through the court of law – judges can be bribed (Exodus 23:8), mistaken (Ezekiel 28:2), lack crucial information (Proverbs 18:17), or be bound by evil laws (Daniel 6:14-15)
  • God’s judgments are always right (Psalm 19:9) – the final judgment will be right, even if it surprises some (Matthew 7:22-23)

Through Jesus Christ

  • This is the role that the Son has been given (2 Corinthians 5:10) – not His purpose when He first came to earth (John 3:17); will be His purpose when He returns (Hebrews 9:27-28)
  • Judgment will be based upon His word (John 12:48) – we can know what God expects of us; therefore, we must conform our lives to His will (2 Corinthians 5:10)

Proof Through the Resurrection

  • How can we know that God will judge the world through Jesus? – proof through the resurrection
  • The power that raised Christ allows us to be raised as well (1 Corinthians 15:20-22)
  • Many witnesses to this (1 Corinthians 15:4-8)
  • Circumstantial evidence as well – confidence of the apostles (Matthew 26:69-75; Acts 4:13), their willingness to suffer (John 16:32; 20:19; Acts 5:41), etc.
  • No one else can produce this proof – therefore, no one else can act as our judge (Colossians 2:16; James 4:12)

Conclusion

  • One day, the Lord will judge the world in righteousness
  • While we don’t know when that day will be, we do know it is coming
  • God wants us to be ready for that day – we need to be sure we are ready

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