THREE RESPONSES TO THE GOSPEL
The apostle Paul was called before the Areopagus, which was the high council of Athens, where they invited him to explain what he was teaching. For the Athenians were known for their interest in new philosophies, many of them spending much of their time discussing new ideas. They listened closely as Paul began his message with an observation about their idol to the unknown god. They continued listening without interruption until he got to the gospel portion of his sermon and spoke about Christ’s resurrection. At that point, the hearers of the gospel were divided into at least three camps: 1) Those who laughed in contempt, 2) Those who wanted to hear more, and 3) Those who became believers.
The gospel always has that effect. It brings people to a point of decision. For we have to decide what we’re going to do with the One who has defeated sin, death and the grave, namely, Jesus Christ.
PRAYER: Lord, help us to share Your gospel boldly as the Spirit inspired the apostle Paul to do. For we can discuss many new philosophies and people will gladly listen, but the gospel divides. It moves people to either reject or accept the claims of Christ. Yet, the gospel is the only message that offers salvation. So, help us to always share it with spiritual power and boldness. And help those who hear it to respond by believing. In Jesus’ name, amen.