KEY SCRIPTURE: Acts 17:18 ” Then certain philosophers of the Epicureans, and of the Stoics, encountered him. And some said, what will this babbler say? other some, He seemeth to be a setter forth of strange gods: because he preached unto them Jesus, and the resurrection.”
In our previous study, we looked at the first group of philosophers, that is the Epicureans whom Paul encountered. The second group of philosophers are the stoics.
Most of these philosophies are doctrines taught by People who have been deceived by the devil” Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils”;(1st Timothy 4:1). The idea is given to one person who goes about teaching others.
The doctrine of the Stoics was taught by a man called Zeno. They believed the universe was created by God, and that all things were fixed by fate, believing that God was also restricted to the influence of fate. They believed passions and affections were to be suppressed and that happiness was due to the insensitivity of the soul to pain. These were people who became naturally tough in the view of life.
When apostle Paul go to discuss the scriptures with these people, they made the following expression ” What will this babbler say.?” The word babbler suggests the idea of ‘one who collects seeds’, and the Greek used such a word for the poor person who collected grains in the fields after the main harvest had been done. This was an insulting word. Apostle Paul was too matured to even consider such insults. He knew they were lost and it was just normal for them to speak and act wrongly. Everyone involved in sharing the word must accept that the sinner is not cultured in the way of righteousness and has the potential to say or do anything wrong or vile.
In our modern world, secularism has given birth to all sorts of world views or mindsets. There are some who think and claim they don’t accept any religion but believe in God. Some claim there is no God at all. Others blatantly attack the bible and some even claim the Lord Jesus never existed. All these mindsets are views carried by individuals deceived by the devil (Revelations 12:9).
As we discussed in our last study, it is the Holy spirit who communicates to the spirit of men. He can use just one word to arrest the spirit of a man. He can also reveal Jesus Christ in person to them. What initiates the process is sharing the word in the power of the Spirit.
How can the word be shared or given in the power of the Spirit?
1) It must be shared out of love. Love gives access to the Spirit to reach out to the person in question.
2) The word must be shared in Faith. You must trust the Holy Spirit to get across to them and win them, for Jesus.
Every child of God must be fully or truly settled in his heart concerning the authenticity of the bible and should not allow himself to drift from the word of God in communicating the truth to them.
Father I pray for as many whom the God of this world has blinded their minds from the knowledge of the truth that they would receive the gift of salvation, in Jesus name I have prayed. Amen
1 Corinthians 2:1” And I, brethren, when I came to you, came not with excellency of speech or of wisdom, declaring unto you the testimony of God”.
1 Corinthians 1:23 ” But we preach Christ crucified, unto the Jews a stumbling block, and unto the Greeks foolishness”;