The book of Acts begins by reminding its reader, Theophilus, of an earlier book — the Gospel of Luke (Luke 1:1-4), placing the reader in the midst of an extended story with Jesus at the center. We'll send you an email with steps on how to reset your password. Commentary on Acts 1:1-14. One God in three Persons, all three involved in fulfilling the promise. and unto the uttermost part of the earth--This order of apostolic preaching and success supplies the proper key to the plan of the Acts, which relates first the progress of the Gospel "in Jerusalem, and all Judea and Samaria" (the first through ninth chapters), and then "unto the uttermost part of the earth" (the tenth through twenty-eighth chapters). Theophilus could live up to his name and become a friend o… The name "Theophilus" means God-friend. This is a reference to Jesus’ promise in Acts 1:5. 3-5. showed himself alive--As the author is about to tell us that "the resurrection of the Lord Jesus" was the great burden of apostolic preaching, so the subject is here filly introduced by an allusion to the primary evidence on which that great fact rests, the repeated and undeniable manifestations of Himself in the body to the assembled disciples, who, instead of being predisposed to believe it, had to be overpowered by the resistless evidence of their own senses, and were slow of yielding even to this ( Mark 16:14 ). Acts 1:12-26 . 15-26. in those days--of expectant prayer, and probably towards the close of them, when the nature of their future work began more clearly to dawn upon them, and the Holy Ghost, already "breathed" on the Eleven ( John 20:22 ), was stirring in Peter, who was to be the leading spirit of the infant community ( Matthew 16:19 ). INTRODUCTION--LAST DAYS OF OUR LORD UPON EARTH--HIS ASCENSION. 1 In the first book, O # Luke 1:3 Theophilus, I have dealt with all that Jesus began # Luke 24:19 to do and teach, 2 until the day when # See Mark 16:19 he was taken up, after he # [ch. Article Images Copyright © 2020 Getty Images unless otherwise indicated. Luke's was on His ascension from Bethany, Matthew's in resurrection from Galilee, where He had sought the poor of the flock (compare Matt. 2 But for you who respect my name, the sun of vindication 4 will rise with healing wings, 5 and you will skip about 6 like calves released from the stall. Jesus tells them, again (Mark 13:32), they are not meant to know when God will fulfill that promise (Acts 1:7). and ye shall be witnesses unto me . Acts 1 Jesus speaks to his apostles and he goes up to heaven. 8. receive power--See Luke 24:49 . The coming day will burn them up,” says the Lord who rules over all. Luke was the author of two books—the Gospel of Luke (which tells the story of the life of Jesus) and the Acts of the Apostles (which tells the story of the early church). in prayer and supplication--for the promised baptism, the need of which in their orphan state would be increasingly felt. We find her with the rest in prayer to her glorified Son" [WEBSTER and WILKINSON]. Acts 1:1 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓] Acts 1:1, NIV: "In my former book, Theophilus, I wrote about all that Jesus began to do and to teach" Acts 1:1, ESV: "In the first book, O Theophilus, I have dealt with all that Jesus began to do and teach," Acts 1:1, KJV: "The former treatise have I made, O Theophilus, of all that Jesus began both to do and teach," To whom also he shewed himself alive after his passion by many infallible proofs, being seen of … 2. after that he, through the Holy Ghost, had given commandments, &c.--referring to the charge recorded in Matthew 28:18-20 , 16:15-18 , Luke 24:44-49 . The Promise of the Holy Spirit. 3 After his suffering, he presented himself to them and gave many convincing proofs that he was alive. Acts 1:12 "Then returned they unto Jerusalem from the mount called Olivet, which is from Jerusalem a sabbath day's journey." Scripture: Acts 1:1–11. Acts 1:1-11 . Salem Media Group. 26. was numbered--"voted in" by general suffrage. of two men in white apparel--angels in human form, as in Luke 24:4 . The Greek term had … This large hill rising about 200 foot higher in elevation than the city, was the site from which Jesus ascended into heaven (Luke 24:50-51). Acts 1:1-11 . seen of them forty days--This important specification of time occurs here only. I told you about all these things in the first book that I wrote for you, Theophilus. The Promise of the Holy Spirit. As the second work in Luke’s two-volume narrative, Acts carries forward many of the theological themes … 5. ye shall be baptized with the Holy Ghost not many days hence--ten days hence, as appears from Leviticus 23:15 Leviticus 23:16 ; but it was expressed thus indefinitely to exercise their faith. about an hundred and twenty--Many, therefore, of the "five hundred brethren" who saw their risen Lord "at once" ( 1 Corinthians 15:6 ), must have remained in Galilee. Now luke is writing a second account, a sequel, to tell Theophilus what took place after the resurrection of Christ. 23. they appointed--"put up" in nomination; meaning not the Eleven but the whole company, of whom Peter was the spokesman. Acts 1:3-11 New International Version (NIV). . 2. Commentary on Acts Page #10 (1) The author of Acts had written a “former account” of the life of Jesus (1:1,2). Here, therefore, we have the first example of a prayer offered to the exalted Redeemer; furnishing indirectly the strongest proof of His divinity" [OLSHAUSEN]. Acts 1 Commentary, One of over 110 Bible commentaries freely available, this commentary is one of the most respected interdenominational commentaries ever written. Proud member The apostles were ordained, not to wordly dignity and dominion, but to preach Christ, and the power of his resurrection. Lest it should be thought He had disappeared when they were looking in some other direction, and so was only concluded to have gone up to heaven, it is here expressly said that "while they were looking He was taken up, and a cloud received Him out of their sight." CHAPTER 1. An appeal was made to God; "Thou, Lord, who knowest the hearts … Compiled & Edited by BibleStudyTools Staff, Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible, California - Do Not Sell My Personal Information. He appeared to them over a period of forty days and spoke about the kingdom of God. 12-14. a sabbath day's journey--about two thousand cubits. Please enter your email address associated with your Salem All-Pass account, then click Continue. 18. falling headlong, &c.--This information supplements, but by no means contradicts, what is said in Matthew 27:5 . ... Scripture: Acts 1:1–3. Acts 1 Commentary, One of over 110 Bible commentaries freely available, this commentary, by the leading authority in the Church of Christ, presents a verse level look at the Bible. The Acts of the Apostles. Biblical Commentary (Bible study) Acts 1:1-11 LUKE-ACTS: THE CONTEXT. In addition, it is a bridge-like sequel to the Gospels that precede it and background for the epistles that follow. . 21. all the time the Lord Jesus went in and out among us--in the close intimacies of a three years' public life. 7. 4:15). 1. It is not for you to know the times, &c.--implying not only that this was not the time, but that the question was irrelevant to their present business and future work. Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers. Acts 1:1-2 “In the first book, O Theophilus, I have dealt with all that Jesus began to do and teach, 2 … 10. while they looked steadfastly toward heaven--following Him with their eager eyes, in rapt amazement. Welcome to Lesson 1 of your Bible Study of Acts.Hopefully, you’ve had a chance to complete the suggested assignments in our Bible Study of Acts – Orientation.In these next few lessons, were are going to be diving into some background material for Acts.While it may be tempting to skip ahead and dive right in to studying the passages in Acts, I think you’ll find this introductory material quite interesting and (more importantly) very useful for having a better understanding the Book of Acts. They present a man named Jesus who was unlike all other men. where abode--not lodged, but had for their place of rendezvous. We'll send you an email with steps on how to reset your password. Salem Media Group. (1) The former treatise. Commentary on Acts 1:15-26. This would indicate it was Matthew, Mark, Luke, or John. But after His resurrection, as if to signify the new relation in which He now stood to the Church, He signalized His first meeting with the assembled disciples by breathing on them (immediately after dispensing to them His peace) and saying, "Receive ye the Holy Ghost" ( John 20:22 ) thus anticipating the donation of the Spirit from His hands and on the same principle His parting charges are here said to have been given "through the Holy Ghost," as if to mark that He was now all redolent with the Spirit; that what had been husbanded, during His suffering work, for His own necessary uses, had now been set free, was already overflowing from Himself to His disciples, and needed but His ascension and glorification to flow all. Luke gives us the key to the Book of Acts at the “front door” of this book, in Acts 1:8. . When we compare Acts 1:1-2 with Luke 1:1-4, we see that Acts is the second of two books written by Luke to Theophilus. 14. continued with one accord--knit by a bond stronger than death. The "first account"is the gospel of Luke. Acts 1. The Ascension is twice narrated by Luke. 9-11. while they beheld, he was taken up--(See on Lu 24:50-53 ). No one else in this world has attained the wisdom we find in Jesus' words, or exercised the supernatural power we see in Jesus' miracles, or demonstrated the moral perfection we observe in Jesus' daily life. —See Introduction as to the title thus given to the Book. 1 Jesus began to do many things when he was living on earth. 25. that he might go to his own place--A euphemistic or softened expression of the awful future of the traitor, implying not only destined habitation but congenial element. in Jerusalem . Article Images Copyright © 2020 Getty Images unless otherwise indicated. Acts 1:1 - Acts 1:14. unto that same day when he was taken up from us, must one be ordained to be a witness with us of his resurrection--How clearly is the primary office of the apostles here expressed: (1) to testify, from personal observation, to the one great fact of "the resurrection of the Lord Jesus"; (2) to show how this glorified His whole previous life, of which they were constant observers, and established His divine claims. (Acts 1 Commentary) "Which," He said," you heard of from Me - Notice the Trinity - the Father promised (Acts 1:4), Jesus described the promise and the Spirit is the promise. Acts 1:8 is a synopsis of the entire book of Acts; after the Holy Spirit comes, Jesus-followers will spread His message of salvation to "Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth." with the eleven apostles--completing the broken Twelve. Interactive Bible study with John Piper. 1. Therefore the Gospel ends with it. Luke’s 2nd Writing to Theophilus. 3 After his suffering, he presented himself to them and gave many convincing proofs that he was alive. ¶ "I did the first account for you Theophilus, about all that Jesus began to do and teach.." Acts 1:1). Acts 1:8 Commentary; Acts 20:17-27 Commentary; Acts 20:28-38 Commentary; JOSEPH A ALEXANDER Acts Commentary (1857, 1866) (Over 1000 pages!) The introductions are similar in … 22. "ACTS OF THE APOSTLES" Chapter One OBJECTIVES IN STUDYING THIS CHAPTER 1) To begin our study of Acts with a review of things taught by Jesus between His resurrection and ascension: the kingdom of God, the Promise of The Father, being baptized by the Spirit 2) To note the role and qualifications of the apostles as witnesses of the resurrection of Christ 3) To see how Luke sets the … after his passion--or, suffering. This primary sense of the word "passion" has fallen into disuse; but it is nobly consecrated in the phraseology of the Church to express the Redeemer's final endurances. (2) Both Acts and Luke are addressed to “Theophilus” (“lover of God” – compare Luke 1:1-4 to Acts 1:1). Acts 2. RETURN OF THE ELEVEN TO JERUSALEM--PROCEEDINGS IN THE UPPER ROOM TILL PENTECOST. Beginning from the baptism of John--by whom our Lord was not only Himself baptized, but first officially announced and introduced to his own disciples. What Jesus began to do and teach during His earthly ministry, His Holy Spirit - the "Helper" or the "Spirit of truth" - continued to do and teach after His ascension, just as Jesus had told His disciples in advance: “But now I go away to Him who sent Me, and none of you asks Me, ‘Where are You going?’ Historically, Acts has been read by the church in worship during the Season of Easter. Acts /. Acts 1:1-3 The Gospels set the stage for the rest of the New Testament. the number . All rights reserved. So Elijah, "If thou see me when I am taken from thee" ( 2 Kings 2:10 ); "And Elisha saw it" ( Acts 1:12 ). John Piper Sep 16, 1990 95 Shares Sermon. In God’s Waiting Room: Lessons from the “Down Time” of Life Sermon on Acts 1:4 Ray Pritchard The inspired historian begins his narrative of the Acts of the Apostles, I. The gospel will be preached in Jerusalem and Judea (Acts chapters 1-7), in Samaria (chapter 8), and eventually all the way to Rome (chapters 13-28). began to do and teach --a very important statement, dividing the work of Christ into two great branches: the one embracing His work on earth, the other His subsequent work from heaven; the one in His own Person, the other by His Spirit; the one the … The apostles are just Christ's messengers: It is He that sends them, and of Him they bear witness. Acts 1. Please enter your email address associated with your Salem All-Pass account, then click Continue. The mission given in Luke 24 is the one fulfilled both in Peter's and Paul's discourses in the Acts, but especially in chapters 2 and 13, not that of Matthew 28 which, indeed, was only to Gentiles. . With a reference to, and a brief recapitulation of, his gospel, or history of the life of Christ, inscribing this, as he had done that, to his friend Theophilus ( v. 1, v. 2 ). “It 3 will not leave even a root or branch. 4. should not depart from Jerusalem--because the Spirit was to glorify the existing economy, by descending on the disciples at its metropolitan seat, and at the next of its great festivals after the ascension of the Church's Head; in order that "out of Zion might go forth the law, and the word of the Lord from Jerusalem" ( Isaiah 2:3 ; and compare Luke 24:49 ). Then why did Luke write that the Gospel of Luke records what Jesus "began" (Acts 1:1) to do and teach? in all Judea . 1, 2. former treatise --Luke's Gospel. two--The choice would lie between a very few. The life begun by the supernatural birth ends with the supernatural Ascension, which sets the seal of Heaven on Christ’s claims and work. Acts 1 Jesus Taken Up Into Heaven 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. Not, however, as a mere fact is this recorded, but as a part of that resistless evidence of their senses on which their whole subsequent testimony was to be borne. Acts 1 Bible Study - Detailed questions, answers and guide for an in-depth, verse-by-verse Bible study of Acts chapter 1 in plain English that everyone can understand. 24. prayed and said, Thou, Lord, &c.--"The word 'Lord,' placed absolutely, denotes in the New Testament almost universally THE SON; and the words, 'Show whom Thou hast chosen,' are decisive. This is the last mention of her in the New Testament. Acts 1:1-11 Acts is a fast-paced, action adventure book which chronicles the birth and growth of the early church from the Jewish center of Jerusalem to the Gentile capital Rome. But, as they plainly looked for some restoration of the kingdom to Israel, so they are neither rebuked nor contradicted on this point. Chapter 1. Copyright © 2020, Bible Study Tools. . . 10:42; Matt. 4 1 “For indeed the day 2 is coming, burning like a furnace, and all the arrogant evildoers will be chaff. and Mary the mother of Jesus--distinguished from the other "women," but "so as to exclude the idea of her having any pre-eminence over the disciples. 28:19, 20; Mark 16:15; Luke 24:47; John 20:21] had given commands # [ch. "Hence the grand history of what Jesus did and taught does not conclude with His departure to the Father; but Luke now begins it in a higher strain; for all the subsequent labors of the apostles are just an exhibition of the ministry of the glorified Redeemer Himself because they were acting under His authority, and He was the principle that operated in them all" [OLSHAUSEN]. with his brethren--(See on Matthew 16:19 ). It is worthy of notice that nowhere else are such communications of the risen Redeemer said to have been given "through the Holy Ghost." began to do and teach--a very important statement, dividing the work of Christ into two great branches: the one embracing His work on earth, the other His subsequent work from heaven; the one in His own Person, the other by His Spirit; the one the "beginning," the other the continuance of the same work; the one complete when He sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high, the other to continue till His second appearing; the one recorded in "The Gospels," the beginnings only of the other related in this book of "The Acts." which knowest the hearts of all men--See John 2:24 John 2:25 , 21:15-17 , Revelation 2:23 . (Read Acts 1:15-26) The great thing the apostles were to attest to the world, was, Christ's resurrection; for that was the great proof of his being the Messiah, and the foundation of our hope in him. The *Holy Spirit comes at *Pentecost, 2:1-4. v1 On the day called *Pentecost, the *disciples were … James Rosscup: "This work, originally out in 1857, has proved helpful to many, though it is now far out of date as to literature commenting on Acts.For many basic details verse by verse, it still is of good value and often will help … Oct 16, 1988. All rights reserved. 3 He presented himself alive to them after his suffering by many proofs, appearing to them during forty days and speaking about the kingdom of God. Matthew Henry Commentary on the Whole Bible (Complete) /. . He also began to teach people many things. II. INTRODUCTION--LAST DAYS OF OUR LORD UPON EARTH--HIS ASCENSION. 1:1 In the first book, O Theophilus, I have dealt with all that Jesus began to do and teach, 2 until the day when he was taken up, after he had given commands through the Holy Spirit to the apostles whom he had chosen. 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