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Loyal
[KJV]
Acts 17:29; Forasmuch then as we are the offspring of God, we ought not to think that the Godhead is like unto gold, or silver, or stone, graven by art and man's device.
Acts 17:30; And the times of this ignorance God winked at; but now commandeth all men every where to repent:
Acts 17:31; Because he hath appointed a day, in the which he will judge the world in righteousness by that man whom he hath ordained; whereof he hath given assurance unto all men, in that he hath raised him from the dead.

[NASB]
Acts 17:29; "Being then the children of God, we ought not to think that the Divine Nature is like gold or silver or stone, an image formed by the art and thought of man.
Acts 17:30; "Therefore having overlooked the times of ignorance, God is now declaring to men that all people everywhere should repent,
Acts 17:31; because He has fixed a day in which He will judge the world in righteousness through a Man whom He has appointed, having furnished proof to all men by raising Him from the dead."

There is a lot in these few verses. First of all God isn't an idol made out of gold, silver or stone by men.
Also it says God will rule the world through Christ. The proof of this is that He (God) raised Jesus from the dead.

But it's the middle verse I am wondering about here.
It seems that God had at least a little grace even in the old testament. In "the times of ignorance" God
overlooked, or as King James puts it... He "winked" at some sins. He let some of the sins slide by.

But it says that "now".. God is saying that men should repent. It goes on to say that men should repent because God is going to judge them. Were there some things God overlooked in the old testament that He
doesn't overlook (wink at) now?
 
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Therefore having overlooked the times of ignorance, God is now declaring to men that all people everywhere should repent,
Greetings @B-A-C

An interesting thread....thank you.

The times of ignorance would maybe suggest people did not know they were sinning.

Today, in places the gospel has never reached, there will be ignorance.
Does similar grace extend to those people ?

(Realising that God knows the hearts intent and judges the heart)
 
Loyal
Today, in places the gospel has never reached, there will be ignorance.
Does similar grace extend to those people ?
I think for the "ignorant" you are probably right. But I notice in the two versions above, it says we are "the children of God" or "the offspring of God"
so I would assume this passage is written to believers.
 
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Yes I agree @B-A-C

Furthermore,

The wink would be referring to the ignorance rather than the sin.

However, I would say that some of todays churches will misuse this to suggest the Lord will wink/overlook/accept the watered down easy Christianity they offer.
 
Loyal
I think for the "ignorant" you are probably right. But I notice in the two versions above, it says we are "the children of God" or "the offspring of God"
so I would assume this passage is written to believers.
It does speak of "children" and young children are certainly ignorant in the things of the flesh. For this reason parents are important to help them move beyond ignorance so a child is not injured or even killed due to his ignorance.

Similarly in those born of God, growth to maturity is needed and our help is found in the mother [the Church] and in the father [God]. Early in our growth, God will overlook [wink at] our ignorance, but as we proceed along the highway of holiness toward Him, more is expected of us. We should not be remaining ignorant as we were at the first.
 
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