Mar 19, 2023
Is God great, but far from us?
– If He is greater than all creation but far from us, then how do we know if He is involved in
– If God is great but far, then He’s just like an absentee father, not concerned with our daily
lives. How do we know if God cares for us if He is just great, but not near to us?
– If God is distant and remote from us, then it seems impossible to know Him personally and
– Is God great, but not near?
Or what if God is indeed near to us, but He’s not that great?
– As one song goes, “What if God was one of us? Just a slob like one of us. Just a stranger
on the bus.” Really? God is like a slob? A stranger?
– If God is like what the song says, then you won’t treat God with reverence. Yes, you can
have a personal relationship with Him, but you’ll just treat Him in the same way you treat
your barkada. He’s cool to be with, but He doesn’t have much authority nor control over
– Is God near to us, but not great?
Who is God to you? What kind of “god” do you believe in? How different is your belief in
God from what Scripture proclaims? Is God great? Is He near? Or is He both great and near?
As we now turn to God’s Word in Acts 17, we will see both the greatness and nearness of
TEXT: Acts 17:16-31
The Book of Acts, also known as the Acts of the Apostles, or better yet, the Acts of the Holy Spirit, was written by Luke around 62-65 A.D. It is the sequel to the Gospel of Luke. It’s narrates how the Holy Spirit empowered the apostles and the early church believers to spread the gospel to Jerusalem (1:1-6:7), to Judea and Samaria (6:8-9:31), and to the uttermost part of the earth (9:32-28:31).
Our text in Acts 17 is the portion in Acts that deals with the movement of the gospel to the ends of the earth. Here we find how Paul confronted the prevalent polytheism, idolatry and paganism in Athens by proclaiming the transcendence and immanence of God.
Right now, I want us to reflect upon God’s Word today and check our hearts. We learned two
biblical principles from Paul’s example as he declared God’s transcendence and immanence
to the Athenians:
– Cultivate righteous indignation towards idolatry and make good use of it in evangelism
– Preach the gospel to all at any given opportunity regardless of the cost.