26 And He has made from one blood every nation of men to dwell on all the face of the earth, and has determined their preappointed times and the boundaries of their dwellings, 27 so that they should seek the Lord, in the hope that they might grope for Him and find Him, though He is not far from each one of us.
Paul was speaking in Athens to the philosophers on Mars Hill. What he evidently knew back then was not particularly controversial to his Greek audience at the time. For some reason this no longer seems obvious today, but turns out Paul was right. This is one of the points we tried to emphasize in the recent series Unity, Diversity and Our Identity in Christ.
Check out this post appearing today from Peter G. Prontzos of Scientific American.
We thank you that you did not send Jesus only to the prominent and lovable people of this world or for their sake only. Thank you that our Savior has the variety of people that he has in his family line. We see the lost, the lonely, the unloved and the despised there giving his genealogy a fair representation of the human race. The adulterer and immigrant are found alongside the kings and counselors. In some cases they are the same people.
You knew who we were and what kind of Savior we needed. Therefore, you sent us Jesus Christ, your unique, your only-begotten Son, in a way and to a people that would require him to identify with us in all of our sin and shame. Thank you furthermore for the cross and resurrection of Jesus Christ. It through him and because of his work that we live.
In this passage, Paul touches on relationships both inside and outside the church. He’ll show us that all of these relationships are important, but they are not all the same. In every relationship that we have we are to be either a witness or an encouragement.