Acts 17:30-31 NIV 2011
“In the past God overlooked such ignorance, but now he commands all people everywhere to repent. For he has set a day when he will judge the world with justice by the man he has appointed. He has given proof of this to everyone by raising him from the dead.”
Luke wrote the book of Acts as God’s account to chronicle the spread of The Gospel from its roots in Jerusalem to the Gentile world including Rome’s Empire. He recorded his time in Athens and reminded them God did not judge them for their worship of false gods. With the spread of the Gospel, this thinking changed. God appointed Jesus as the arbiter. The world had freedom to choose Jesus or not the same as today. As judge, He calls everyone to repent. God will justly judge the world both believers and non-believers because of Jesus’ death on the cross.
There was a time after I decided to follow Jesus that I chose a path that was less than pleasing to God. I chose to do things my way and as a result, I made some poor choices. He waited patiently for my return wooing me by the power of the Holy Spirit daily. By studying His Word I grew closer to Him and saw His sovereign plan; I needed to repent and return. God justly judges believers, non-believers and me.
How will we engage with those that don’t follow Jesus?
We belong to Jesus,