Then Paul stood in the midst of Mars’ hill, and said, Ye men of Athens, I perceive that in all things ye are too superstitious. For as I passed by, and beheld your devotions, I found an altar with this inscription, TO THE UNKNOWN GOD. Whom therefore ye ignorantly worship, him declare I unto you. (Acts 17:22-23)
As the apostle Paul walked through the Greek city of Athens, he observed thousands of statues to their gods but then he came across an altar with an inscription on it: TO THE UNKNOWN GOD. Paul understood that among their many thousands of gods, the Greeks had an UNKNOWN GOD, one who stood in for any god that they may have failed to identify. So his sermon on Mars’ Hill was to declare this UNKNOWN GOD, who in their ignorance (without understanding), they chose to worship.
The name of the UNKNOWN GOD: the Lord of heaven and earth, the One Who had delivered Paul out of the darkness of Judaism into the light of the Gospel. The Athenians were intellectuals, and very few responded to the message. Today, few too respond to the message. But for those of us who have, we have the wonderful privilege of walking in the light of God’s dear Son and being complete in Him.
And ye are complete in him, which is the head of all principality and power (Colossians 2:10)