January 26, 2020
Intellectual Inquisitiveness About Doctrine
Acts 17:19-21 (KJB) And they took him, and brought him unto Areopagus, saying, May we know what this new doctrine, whereof thou speakest, is? 20 For thou bringest certain strange things to our ears: we would know therefore what these things mean. 21 (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.)
These earnest young men were not interested in consuming the truths of God. Instead, they desired to box the Apostle Paul in with worthless questions, ideologies, and actively debate his seemingly strange beliefs. This was all done for no other reason than to attempt to squash his confidence in God.
You see, they were not interested in learning about vital doctrine given of God or in agreeing with scripture. Their only desire was to pit human knowledge against the beliefs about God the Apostle Paul closely held. This move was to appease their curious minds and to give them credence and leverage above that of God, rather than cloak their hearts with the power and presence of God.
Endless questions and confusing the truth was a ploy these men attempted to use in hopes of spiritually tripping up the Apostle Paul and in turn elevating themselves above him. However, Paul was grounded and mature in doctrine and was able to stand firm.
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