TEXT: Acts 17:26-28
26 And hath made of one blood all nations of men for to dwell on all the face of the earth, and hath determined the times before appointed, and the bounds of their habitation;
27 That they should seek the Lord, if haply they might feel after him, and find him, though he be not far from every one of us:
28 For in him we live, and move, and have our being; as certain also of your own poets have said, For we are also his offspring.
The story is told that, shortly after the close of the Civil War, a black man entered a prominent church in Richmond, Virginia, at the beginning of a communion service. When the time came to partake of the Lord’s Supper, he walked down the aisle and knelt at the altar. A rustle of shock and anger swept through the congregation. But a distinguished white layman immediately stood up, stepped forward to the altar and knelt beside this colored man. That layman was the former leader of a Confederate army, Robert E. Lee. It is said that the rest of the white congregation followed his example.
As we seek to do away with the “problem of the color line,” we have learned two things that are helpful to our understanding of the issue of race from Paul’s speech to the Athenians: First, that all nations — that is, all ethnicities — are made from one blood. We are all part of the same family; we have the same human ancestor, and, if you will, the same divine Ancestor, for as Luke writes in the geneology of Jesus Christ: Adam was the son of God. Second, we learn that God determines where we live and the time period in which we live, and thus the people we live around whether we are part of the privileged or under-privileged, the majority or the minority. As Christians, it is our job to love our neighbors and live at peace with all people no matter their race, ethnicity, nationality, culture, language, or status in society.
The third thing we learn from Paul’s speech is what we ought to be doing instead of getting caught up in temporal mortal divisions. Verse 27 says, “That they should seek the Lord, if haply they might feel after him, and find him.” In his commentary on the book of Acts, Victor Gotthard writes: “After having spoken of the life of nations (or ethnicities), Paul refers to the life of the individual and sets forth the loftiest aim of man: that is to seek God, with whom he is closely and intimately connected. It was the design of the divine arrangement of the nations that they should seek the Lord of heaven and earth. However, this does not indicate a seeking merely after the knowledge of God, but also after a living and essential union with Him.”
You see, once we get connected with God through Jesus Christ, once we get into a living and essential union with Him, He will change our hearts regarding racial matters. Seeking racial reconciliation is a worthy goal — especially in the church. But a better goal is to seek the Lord and the breaking down of divisions which comes through people gathering at the common ground of the Lord’s Supper. In this communion, in this community, we each realize that our greatest similarity to each other is that we are all sinners in need of the Savior. And once we get the sin problem under the blood, none of our other colors will matter.
If you are a Christian listening today, here are three things you need to do:
1. Confess and repent of your own sins. You already know what they are.
2. Pray for your brothers and sisters in Christ to repent of their sins and get back to their first love
3. Pray for souls to be saved, and do your part by witnessing to the lost.
Now, if you are with us today and you do not know Jesus Christ as your Savior, allow me to show you how you can place your faith and trust in Him for Salvation from sin and Hell.
First, accept the fact that you are a sinner, and that you have broken God’s law. The Bible says in Romans 3:23: “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.”
Second, accept the fact that there is a penalty for sin. The Bible states in Romans 6:23: “For the wages of sin is death…”
Third, accept the fact that you are on the road to hell. Jesus Christ said in Matthew 10:28: “And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.” Also, the Bible states in Revelation 21:8: “But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.”
Now that is bad news, but here’s the good news. Jesus Christ said in John 3:16: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” Just believe in your heart that Jesus Christ died for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead by the power of God for you so that you can live eternally with Him. Pray and ask Him to come into your heart today, and He will.
Romans 10:9 & 13 says, “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved… For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”
If you believe that Jesus Christ died on the Cross for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead, and you want to trust Him for your Salvation today, please pray with me this simple prayer: Holy Father God, I realize that I am a sinner and that I have done some bad things in my life. I am sorry for my sins, and today I choose to turn from my sins. For Jesus Christ sake, please forgive me of my sins. I believe with all of my heart that Jesus Christ died for me, was buried, and rose again. I trust Jesus Christ as my Savior and I choose to follow Him as Lord from this day forward. Lord Jesus, please come into my heart and save my soul and change my life today. Amen.
If you believed in your heart that Jesus Christ died on the Cross, was buried, and rose again, allow me to say, congratulations on doing the most important thing in life and that is accepting Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour! For more information to help you grow in your newfound faith in Christ, go to Gospel Light Society.com and read “What To Do After You Enter Through the Door”. Jesus Christ said in John 10:9, “I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.”
If you accepted Jesus Christ as your Savior today, please email me at [email protected] and let us know. There is some free material that we want to send you. If you have a prayer request, please e-mail that to us as well, and we will pray for you until you tell us to stop.
God loves you. We love you. And may God bless you.
Daniel Whyte III has spoken in meetings across the United States and in over twenty-five foreign countries. He is the author of over forty books including the Essence Magazine, Dallas Morning News, and Amazon.com national bestseller, Letters to Young Black Men. He is also the president of Gospel Light Society International, a worldwide evangelistic ministry that reaches thousands with the Gospel each week, as well as president of Torch Ministries International, a Christian literature ministry.
He is heard by thousands each week on his radio broadcasts/podcasts, which include: The Prayer Motivator Devotional, The Prayer Motivator Minute, as well as Gospel Light Minute X, the Gospel Light Minute, the Sunday Evening Evangelistic Message, the Prophet Daniel’s Report, the Second Coming Watch Update and the Soul-Winning Motivator, among others.
He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Theology from Bethany Divinity College, a Bachelor’s degree in Religion from Texas Wesleyan University, a Master’s degree in Religion, a Master of Divinity degree, and a Master of Theology degree from Liberty University’s Rawlings School of Divinity (formerly Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary). He is currently a candidate for the Doctor of Ministry degree.
He has been married to the former Meriqua Althea Dixon, of Christiana, Jamaica since 1987. God has blessed their union with seven children.