5 For even if there are so-called gods whether in heaven or on earth, as indeed there are many gods and many lords,
6 yet for us there is but one God, the Father, from whom are all things and we exist for Him; and one Lord, Jesus Christ, by whom are all things, and we exist through Him.
3 For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received, that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures,
4 and that He was buried, and that He was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures,
5 and that He appeared to Cephas, then to the twelve.
In Acts 17, Paul spoke to the Greeks in Athens about the many gods they worshiped. Paul observed that the people were quite religious and had many altars to different so-called gods. There was even one to the unknown god to cover any they may have missed. Paul knew that their worship of these false gods was vanity and would ultimately lead to ruin. He spoke against idolatry in hopes of getting them off of the dead-end path and focused on the one true God who deserved their attention.
In Psalm 115:6-7, the psalmist also wrote of false gods that were worshipped: “They have mouths, but they cannot speak; they have eyes, but they cannot see; they have ears, but they cannot hear; they have noses, but they cannot smell; they have hands, but they cannot feel; they have feet, but they cannot walk.” To worship one of these “dead” gods was to become like them—empty, purposeless, and doomed for eternity.
In 1 Corinthians, Paul again addressed the subject of false gods to the church in Corinth. Paul encouraged the Corinthians to hold to the truth that there is one true God. Everything comes from God the Father and everything is for Him. While we may not be making shrines of gold and silver like some in Corinth, anything that moves us away from God can become a so-called god. Spend some time in self-examination today and let God show you what adjustments need to be made so that He alone is rightfully on the throne of your heart.
• What in your life are you tempted to turn into a so-called god (note: these are often good things, not bad things)? What needs to change in your relationship with this person or thing?
• How does the truth of the gospel motivate us to worship God alone and to rid ourselves of the things that draw us away from him?
• Pray that God presses into your heart the truth about Him and the gospel in a way that pushes out so-called gods in your life.