Acts 1

Our local body of believers decided to read through the book of Acts – one chapter per day – during the month of February.  What follows are thoughts that came to mind during that reading.

Acts 1

Luke wrote in verse 1 that the recipient of the letter was Theophilus. There has been a question as to whether the letter was written to a real person named Theophilus. But to answer that question, Theophilus ben Ananus was high priest from 37AD to 41AD (

Jesus gave proof to many that He was still alive, after he had died.  And He promised the apostles would be baptized with the Holy Spirit – that they would receive POWER when the Holy Spirit would come on them, and they would be witnesses for Christ in Jerusalem, Judea and Samaria, and the ends of the earth! This is a promise and command for us too!

Acts 1:3-8

3 After his suffering, he showed himself to these men and gave many convincing proofs that he was alive. He appeared to them over a period of forty days and spoke about the kingdom of God. 4 On one occasion, while he was eating with them, he gave them this command: “Do not leave Jerusalem, but wait for the gift my Father promised, which you have heard me speak about. 5 For John baptized with water, but in a few days you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit. 6 So when they met together, they asked him, “Lord, are you at this time going to restore the kingdom to Israel?” 7 He said to them: “It is not for you to know the times or dates the Father has set by his own authority. 8 But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”

Then the Son of God was lifted up to heaven. And two men that appear to have been angels told the disciples that Jesus would return in the same way He left.

And after He had said these things, He was lifted up while they were looking on, and a cloud received Him out of their sight. 10 And as they were gazing intently into the sky while He was going, behold, two men in white clothing stood beside them. 11 They also said, “Men of Galilee, why do you stand looking into the sky? This Jesus, who has been taken up from you into heaven, will come in just the same way as you have watched Him go into heaven.”

The disciples were devoted together in prayer.

Peter decided the empty position among the had to be filled. Perhaps it was at Gods leading, or perhaps not. Some want to believe he was led by the Holy Spirit, as if he never did anything apart from the Spirit after Christ left. But we know that’s not the case, as Paul and to correct him in Galatians 2:11-14.  Regardless, Scripture does not tell us whether Peter was led by the spirit to chose to fill the position in the way he did or not, either way. But Matthias was added to the leadership.


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