Wednesday, May 20
The apostle Paul lived in two worlds. As a Pharisee, he was a teacher of Scripture and knew the God of Israel further revealed in Jesus Christ. He felt equally at home among scholars in Athens, the center of learning and philosophy of the Greek-speaking world. Since God was revealed to Israel, the Greeks only had inklings regarding the presence and the nature of God. When Paul read the altar inscription, “To an unknown God,” he perceived the Athenians were asking a question about God. He answered this question by telling them about Jesus Christ.
Another person who lived in the space between the church and the academy was twentieth-century theologian Paul Tillich. He expressed that the secular world poses questions about existence that only the church can answer. The word of God and the redeeming work of Jesus Christ reveal these answers.
Revealing God, always bring us back to your word. May we never allow a new philosophy to distort the truth of your revelation. Amen.