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declaration to do something which came to be associated with the implication of obligation to carry out what is stated and thus the meaning of a promise, pledge or offer. But we will never be happy and Christ will never be fully at home until every door is opened to him. We can follow up our general testimony with the specific message of the gospel. (Acts 1:3-11 Doing Jesus’ Work). As Paul said we need to be "making the most of our time, because the days are evil." The intellectual crowd roared with laughter. Began to do. A child may ride upon it, a bird may perch in its mouth; it is a machine, and nothing more. Each of these people is now a Christian, but each is paralyzed at times by remorse over the past. Preterists believe that the second coming has already taken place in AD 70. The "signposts" in Jensen's chart will help you keep your bearings in this long, detailed and exciting book. So as you read and meditate on the wonderful book of Acts, keep in mind that while 2000 years have passed, God is still calling His people to take the Gospel to the uttermost parts of the world and we have been given the same power Source that the apostles were given. You have to submit to God’s will as revealed the first time! Luke has 34 of the 80 NT uses of the word apostle - Lk. 1878. Christ’s witnesses. (Heb 6:19-20-note). To state clearly the time when they would see the Lord Jesus again, Peter points forward to "the times of restitution of all things". So the question is this --, "Is the Holy Spirit indwelling you in all his fullness? By waters still, o’er troubled sea, They are safe forever in Christ and His perfect righteousness as is every believer whether Jew or Gentile. On the believer's mind and soul, One footnote to that: Your decisions may not always work out the way you want—or expect—and sometimes they will blow up in your face. It tells us more of Peter and Paul than of any others. All rights reserved). By M.R. Christ is the life, the empty tomb Run some numbers, let’s see how much money we’re going to need. 1 Thessalonians 4:17  Then we who are alive and remain will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air, and so we shall always be with the Lord. No, my friend, I am speaking to you about something that not only happened in the far distant past, I am speaking about a promise that is far-reaching, yes, the promise of the Spirit is a far-reaching promise. 17:5; Lk. We may well be the only Christians in our shop, our factory, our office, in our circle. In the diagram above notice that when Jesus ascended, the Spirit descended. 12:12; Lk. We are God’s witnesses—his evidence if you will—to convince an unbelieving world. Sometime during the days leading up to his betrayal of Jesus, Judas made arrangements to purchase a field, although no money had yet been transferred. From earth to heaven's throne; The apostles simply wanted to know the timing of this wonderful event. (The Message of Acts) (Ed comment: And while Pentecost was a foretaste, it was not the final, full fulfillment of the prophecy of Joel 2:28-29-note.That would come about at His Second Coming when all Israel who believe in Him will be saved. The founder of one sect predicted October 22, 1886. If you have the courage to let Christ into every part of your life, he will come in and redecorate your life into something more beautiful than you ever imagined possible. 1 In my former book, Theophilus, I wrote about all that Jesus began to do and to teach 2 until the day he was taken up to heaven, after giving instructions through the Holy Spirit to the apostles he had chosen. 6 After that He appeared to more than five hundred brethren at one time, most of whom remain until now, but some have fallen asleep; 7 then He appeared to James, then to all the apostles; (1 Corinthians 15:5-7-note). After last year they also know what it means to have your faith tested. But it is more probable that this was the same distinct person, well known to St. Luke, and illustrious for his birth, because he gave him the title of Greek: kratiste, most excellent. The resurrection is distinguished from belief in reincarnation (What does the Bible say about reincarnation? This was notable sanctified common sense. But those physical miracles were not primarily what Jesus had in mind, since the apostles did not do more powerful miracles than He had. ", J Vernon McGee agrees asking "What kind of a cloud was that? We are absolutely, totally dependent on the Spirit. 9:2; Gal. Previous to this "disappearance," when Jesus had vanished from their presence during the 40 days after His resurrection, He vanished instantly from their sight (cf Lk 24:31), but here Luke records a gradual departure. We don’t like waiting in traffic, in line at the supermarket, at the airport, or when our computers don’t work fast enough. — Reprinted by permission. The greatest evangelist of the 1800's (and probably of all time) was Dwight L Moody (called "Crazy Moody") who had only a fifth grade education and yet this Spirit filled and empowered man was used by God to "witness" to more than 100 million souls! It does not pretend to be a complete record of the work of the Apostles during that period which it covers. ", Robertson explains the use of the Greek word names for people - This Hebraistic use of name [onoma] = person occurs in the Lxx (Nu 1:2 = "according to the number of names"; Nu 18:20; 3:40, 43; 26:53) and in Rev. Acts 19:8  And he entered the synagogue and continued speaking out boldly for three months, reasoning and persuading them about the kingdom of God. Kingdom (932)(basileia from basileus = a sovereign, king, monarch) denotes sovereignty, royal power, dominion. 38 And He said to them, “Why are you troubled, and why do doubts arise in your hearts? Every corner of our world, no matter how remote, must be touched by the message of the cross. When I was a boy, I used to ponder those mysterious events. 2:49; Lk. In Scripture, epaggelia refers primarily to God's pronouncements that provide assurance of what He intends to do. So intense was the concentration of their minds on this subject that for the time being they forgot to persecute the Christians, and the Church had a period of repose. The witness to the remotest parts of the earth—to the Jew first, but predominately to Gentiles (Acts 11:19-28:31). But this first verse we are now considering, when fairly examined, throws a new light over the history. It was humbling and painful for him to face the fact of his own self-deception, but when he did, he was wonderfully converted by the Spirit of God. St. Chrysostom sees in the phrase a proof of the unassuming character of the author: St. Luke does not say “The former Gospel which I preached”. BibliographyDunagan, Mark. 1891. 3:44; Ezek. When we view His departure from this world and the tremendous pain and sorrow that filled His disciples--how did He comfort that little orphan family? "Commentary on Acts 1:1".   Thou shalt divide my portion still; Acts 8:13 Even Simon himself believed; and after being baptized, he continued on with Philip, and as he observed signs and great miracles taking place, he was constantly amazed. 4:13; Jer. But the supernatural does have some laws just as the natural world does: 1. 22:19; Lk. It was a shocking experience that was compounded by what followed. 18:30; Lk. You pick up your Bible and see the ministry of Jesus ending in the Gospel of John; next you read about a man named Paul writing to the followers of Jesus in Rome. Ray Pritchard comments - There is one Holy Spirit. https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/hcc/acts-1.html. As Adrian Rogers once said "We are to be witnesses. Acts 1:8 however envisions a worldwide mission. So, in the last moment that the apostles saw their Lord with outward vision, they were granted “a theophany: Jesus is enveloped in the cloud of the divine presence.” (NICNT - Book of Acts). He the one the Father promised to send. In the Old Testament He guided His people with the cloud by day and the fiery pillar by night. “Suddenly,” he said, “we found that we could get clear and distinct pictures. And this is indeed every disciples' "blessed hope...the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior, Christ Jesus" (Titus 2:13-note), a "hope we have as an anchor of the soul, a hope both sure and steadfast and one which enters within the veil, where Jesus has entered (ASCENDED) as a forerunner for us, having become a high priest forever according to the order of Melchizedek." — Reprinted by permission. Putting these together, then, the meaning is clear and powerful. ἐποιησάμην, I made. To summarize Peter's requirements for an apostle to replace Judas they had to have been with Jesus the entire 3 years, they had to be a witness of His resurrection (post-resurrection appearances) and finally they had to be chosen by God (cf 2 Ti 1:1 - an apostle by the will of God). It is interesting to note, in this profoundly significant time in the lives of the apostles, what was on their mind. Heinrich Meyer's Critical and Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament. (Our Daily Bread, Copyright RBC Ministries, Grand Rapids, MI. Comment: Observe that last phrase "God was with Him." Are you experiencing a Christian life of "greater works? (Acts 10:38 "who went about doing good"). The work Jesus accomplished for us the Spirit now accomplishes in us. As soon as he comes to the mention of St. Paul, he takes notice of no one else, but is entirely taken up with the narrative of his actions. 134:1; Prov. The continuation of the second missionary tour is the theme of Acts 17, in which Luke relates the success of Paul's mission in Thessalonica (Acts 17:1-9), even greater success in Berea (Acts 17:10-15), Paul's arrival in Athens where he was invited to speak in the Areopagus (Acts 17:16-22), and the account of Paul's address on Mars' Hill (Acts 17:23-34). Jesus Himself said "But of that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, nor the Son, but the Father alone." In Acts 1:8, dunamis is associated with the coming of the Holy Spirit upon a person, giving that person the supernatural power capable of accomplishing the task Jesus assigns. "I MADE"-Luke was actually written by Luke. The Jewish people did not return from Babylon because of spiritual revival, but because of Cyrus's decree (Ed: 2Chr 36:23, Ezra 1:1). "Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit" (NKJV). (Acts 10:37-38). Acts 3 Commentary. The disciples used sanctified common sense. "TREATISE"-narrative. John MacArthur adds that according to tradition, a Sabbath's day journey is derived "from Israel's encampments during the forty years of wilderness wanderings. All the promises given to Israel (such as the land covenants, etc) will be passed on to the Church." In Winer’s view to regard ἄρχεσθαι as pleonastic is a mere subterfuge to avoid a difficulty, and he renders the passage “what Jesus began both to do and to teach, and continued to do until,” etc. 6. Received (cast lots, chosen by lot) (2975)(lagchano) means to obtain by lot (as used by Homer in Greek writings; eg, to obtain by fate by the will of the gods) and so to obtain something as a portion (to receive, to obtain). Why? What is this power needed? For the office of the Messias did not only consist in doctrine, but it was also behoveful that he should make peace between God and man, that he should be a Redeemer of the people, a restorer of the kingdom, and an author of everlasting felicity. Revelation 11:12  And they heard a loud voice from heaven saying to them, "Come up here." Although he is diligent in prayer and works hard, his church remains small while a new congregation nearby is rapidly developing into a megachurch. While they did not yet have the outpouring of the Spirit for His internal guidance, they had the "compass" of the Word of Truth to steer them correctly. 20:21; Lk. Longnecker on to go to his own place - The phrase “to go where he belongs” (or “to go to his own place”) is likely a euphemism for “to go to hell” (cf. The Acts, according to Luke, is a continuation of the doings and teachings of Jesus. Paraggello was used for a doctor’s prescription or instruction to their patient. Acts 12 Commentary. ", And a cloud received Him - This cloud was undoubted not your routine cumulus or cirrus cloud, but was most likely the Shekinah glory cloud. Suddenly one of them started talking in Greek, another in Median, another in Parthian, another in Egyptian, another in the dialect of Cappadocia—and none of them knew any of those languages (See Acts 2:1-13) It was a wild scene in Jerusalem as the Holy Spirit came with great power. Welcome to the Verse-by-Verse.com web site, containing biblical exegesis from the original languages of Scripture, translation notes, and relevant theological commentary! 1832. So, what does all of this say to us as believers? (Tyndale New Testament Commentaries – Acts), As Toussaint says "These verses describe the Lord’s Ascension but they also anticipate His return....The Ascension of Christ marked the conclusion of His ministry on earth in His bodily presence. He corrected their concern about when it would happen. (TNTC-Acts), A T Pierson - Here all the blessed intercourse between the risen Lord and his disciples, during the forty days between his resurrection and ascension, all the marvelous communications that he made to them as he spake to them of things pertaining to the kingdom of God, are traced to the Holy Spirit. — Reprinted by permission. Sherwin-White, an expert in Graeco-Roman history from Oxford, wrote about Acts: “The historical framework is exact. (Ed: Remember we are empowered to be witnesses, not lawyers!). 2:22; Lk. This was “the sign of Jonah” that Jesus had promised to the nation (Matt. He told an unbelievable tale of how he had lived in a snowy wilderness after parachuting from his disabled plane. Luke 1:9   according to the custom of the priestly office, he was chosen by lot to enter the temple of the Lord and burn incense. There question reminds me of a similar question in Mt 24:3 "As He was sitting on the Mount of Olives, the disciples came to Him privately, saying, “Tell us, when will these things happen, and what will be the sign of Your coming, and of the end of the age?”" That question was followed by Jesus' Olivet Discourse! Jesus’ baptism with the Spirit occurred before His 40-day test, whereas the reverse order of events appears here in Acts. We will miss the purifying effect that comes from thinking about the Lord’s return if we avoid the subject entirely or if we set a date (1 Jn. Still ’tis His hand that leadeth me. The events follow this outline (Jerusalem till the end of Acts 7, with the martyrdom of Stephen, the scattering of the saints through Judea and Samaria in Acts 8, the conversion of Saul, Acts 9, the spread of the gospel to Romans in Caesarea by Peter (Acts 10), to Greeks in Antioch (Acts 11), finally Paul's world tours and arrest and arrival in Rome (Acts 11 to 28). Frank Allen writes "The most important fact recorded in this passage is that of the ascension of Christ. Acts 7:57 But they cried out with a loud voice, and covered their ears and rushed at him with one impulse. MacArthur - That Jesus does not deny their expectation of a literal, earthly kingdom involving Israel is highly significant. John 21:25.— ἤρξατο ποιεῖν— ἄχρι) began to do—until; that is, did from the beginning: comp. Which could only be available because Jesus was going to church, as well as.... Mere theological consideration of the word as a witness must tell others about.... 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