Acts 1 Reflections

2418649596_0e9f981c7b_mThe book of Acts is an historical narrative of the events, activities and happenings of the early church, empowered by the Holy Spirit. Grab your bible and look up Acts 1 and journey with me as I share some of my insights into this first chapter:

V1: Luke is the author of the gospel of Luke and the book of Acts. Luke’s gospel is an orderly account of Jesus life, death, burial and resurrection written to his friend, most excellent Theophilus. The book of Acts is an application of Luke’s gospel also written to the same person. You are not going to understand Acts without reading in context the book of Luke, they go hand in hand. You are not going to understand chapter 2 (the outpouring of the Holy Spirit) unless you understand what Jesus has accomplished on the cross in Luke 22-24.

V4: Jesus ordered his disciples not to leave Jerusalem for mission until they had received the baptism of the Holy Spirit as promised in Joel 2. The disciples needed to be clothed with power from on high. Baptism in water is essential and baptism in the Holy Spirit is necessary for effective mission.

V6-7: Pre-occupation with God’s timing of events is not our business so all the end times predictors need to consider Jesus’ rebuke to his disciples. Our business is to be more concerned with fulfilling the Great Commission in the power of the Holy Spirit than to be pre-occupied with ‘when such and such’ is going to happen.

V8: We receive dunamis, dynamic, dynamite power when the Holy Spirit  comes upon us. The purpose of the Spirit’s power is to enable us to be effective witnesses of the gospel. The greek word for witnesses translated through to english is the word, “martyr”. Jesus is literally saying that the power of the Spirit in us and on us is enough to sustain us to the point of death for our faith in Christ. We are to be witnesses and missionaries of the gospel locally and rippling out to the ends of the earth.

V11: Jesus will return to earth in his second coming in the same way that he ascended into heaven. Rev 19:11-16 gives us an apt description of this happening. It will be spectacular. All of the doubters, the athiests, the evolutionists, the humanists, the mormons and every other fan of false religion will be beside themselves in awe and terror when Jesus returns.

v14: The disciples were in unified prayer together. What a great picture of the church, gathered together in one accord, praying their heads off waiting expectantly for the promise of the Father. The first thing the disciples did was have a prayer meeting and the first priority in the church is to pray together. Jesus said, “My Father’s house shall be called a house of prayer.”

V15-26: Peter the leader of the disciples stands up and calls the congregation of 120 to account for the missing apostle, Judas, who fulfilled Scripture in his betrayal of Jesus. The congregation puts forward two potential candidates and the Holy Spirit led the selection process (casting lots) to choose Matthais numbered as the 12th apostle.

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