For while I was passing through and examining the objects of your worship, I also found an altar with this inscription, ‘TO AN UNKNOWN GOD.’ Therefore what you worship in ignorance, this I proclaim to you.
You worship what you do not know; we worship what we know, for salvation is from the Jews.
Therefore having overlooked the times of ignorance, God is now declaring to men that all people everywhere should repent,
who opposes and exalts himself above every so-called god or object of worship, so that he takes his seat in the temple of God, displaying himself as being God.
“These things you have done and I kept silence; You thought that I was just like you; I will reprove you and state the case in order before your eyes.
He has not dealt thus with any nation; And as for His ordinances, they have not known them. Praise the Lord!
‘ But in vain do they worship Me, .’” Teaching as doctrines the precepts of men
Jesus answered, “ If I glorify Myself, My glory is nothing; it is My Father who glorifies Me, of whom you say, ‘He is our God’;
This is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent.
“O righteous Father, although the world has not known You, yet I have known You; and these have known that You sent Me;
For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes, His eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly seen, being understood through what has been made, so that they are without excuse.
And just as they did not see fit to acknowledge God any longer, God gave them over to a depraved mind, to do those things which are not proper,
For since in the wisdom of God the world through its wisdom did not come to know God, God was well-pleased through the foolishness of the message preached to save those who believe.
For even if there are so-called gods whether in heaven or on earth, as indeed there are many gods and many lords,
in whose case the god of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelieving so that they might not see the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God.
However at that time, when you did not know God, you were slaves to those which by nature are no gods.
remember that you were at that time separate from Christ, excluded from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers to the covenants of promise, having no hope and without God in the world.
Now to the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only God, be honor and glory forever and ever. Amen.
And we know that the Son of God has come, and has given us understanding so that we may know Him who is true; and we are in Him who is true, in His Son Jesus Christ. This is the true God and eternal life.