24 “The God who made the world and everything in it, being Lord of heaven and earth, does not live in temples made by man, 25 nor is he served by human hands, as though he needed anything, since he himself gives to all mankind life and breath and everything.” (Acts 17:24–25)
First, Paul told the Athenians that God is the true creator of the universe. He is the one who made the world and everything in it. Therefore, God is greater than His creation. He is Lord and sovereign ruler of the earth. He cannot be contained, nor does He live, in man-made temples.
God is the self-sufficient creator. He does not need anything outside of Himself. While God’s creation needs Him to exist, God does not need anything from His creation to exist. He has no need for anything from us.
Secondly, God not only created the universe but also sustains it. The One, True God who made all things, gives all the things His creation needs. He does not need anything from us, but we need everything from Him. He provides life and breath and everything else.
Job 33:4 says, “The Spirit of God has made me, and the breath of the Almighty gives me life.”
Colossians 1:17 says, “And he is before all things, and in him all things hold together.”
Hebrews 1:1-4 says, “Long ago, at many times and in many ways, God spoke to our fathers by the prophets, 2 but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed the heir of all things, through whom also he created the world. 3 He is the radiance of the glory of God and the exact imprint of his nature, and he upholds the universe by the word of his power. After making purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high, 4 having become as much superior to angels as the name he has inherited is more excellent than theirs.”
2 Peter 3:4-7 says, “4 They will say, “Where is the promise of his coming? For ever since the fathers fell asleep, all things are continuing as they were from the beginning of creation.” 5 For they deliberately overlook this fact, that the heavens existed long ago, and the earth was formed out of water and through water by the word of God, 6 and that by means of these the world that then existed was deluged with water and perished. 7 But by the same word the heavens and earth that now exist are stored up for fire, being kept until the Day of Judgment and destruction of the ungodly.”
Paul’s message to the Athenians not only is a lesson on Theology Proper, the study of God the Father, but also an excellent study on Christology, the study of God the Son.
Take the time today to thank God for the very breath you breathe and the life you live.
Soli deo Gloria!