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Mon 24th August – Acts chapter 1:1-5.
Categories: Don’s Daily Devotions
Mon 24th August – Read Acts chapter 1:1-5.
V1: Luke, the author of Acts, writes it first for ” Theophilus”, probably a real individual, though since the name means ” lover of God” some suggest that it is a general title for believers. The “first book” is his gospel ( was that also sent first to Theophilus? ) where he says he wrote about what Jesus “began to do and teach” in His earthly life. This book, then, records what the Lord continues to do and teach, through His apostles.
V2: His gospel ended on the day that Jesus ascended into heaven, having commanded His disciples – now called Apostles – literally, “sent ones”, with Christ’s gospel commission – as to what they must now do. ( See Luke 24:44-51.)
V3: Luke emphasises the reality of the Risen Christ’s appearances to His disciples over a period of 40 days, when He continued to teach them – clearly more appearances than the gospels record. ( Compare 1 Corinthians 15:5-7. )
V4-5: Jesus told them they were not to begin their mission until they had received the promised Holy Spirit – the Father’s promise, through Jesus ( see John 14:16-17; 15:26-27; 16:12-15.) Our ministry today, like theirs, is not to be in our own strength, but by the power of the Spirit. ( So, Zechariah 4:6.)