Day 254 -FOUNDATION STONES IN A YEAR
Read: Acts 17: 16-34
The denial of the bodily resurrection is a heathen doctrine. If you deny the doctrine of the resurrection of the body, your doctrine is, essentially, the doctrine of pagans. For the resurrection of the body is a Christian doctrine.
When Paul preached it among the pagans of his day, he received different types of responses. For example, in Athens, which was the intellectual capital of Paul’s day, he preached the doctrine of the resurrection by saying Because he had appointed the day in which he will judge in righteousness by that man, whom had ordained, whereof, he had given assurance unto all men in that he hath raised him from the dead. And then we read And when they heard of the resurrection of the dead some mocked. That was one response. Others said We will hear thee again of this matter. So some mocked. Some said We will give it reconsideration someday. Albeit, Luke adds in verse 34 Certain men clave unto him and believe.
So when Paul preached the resurrection, there was a lot of mockery. Some even so misunderstood what he was saying that they thought that the resurrection was a new god! Others said We will wait. We won’t say no at the moment. We’ll just hear you again about this. That is, they didn’t make any decision. But still others, believed. Down through the centuries, almost twenty of them now, there has echoed the mockery of the Aereopogus of Athens for men down through the centuries have laughed at the doctrine of the resurrection the body.
Dear Lord, help me to believe every single thing You say in Your Word.