A Christ Filled Life – Getting To Know Jesus
The next book I’d like to share is The Book of Acts because it’s important to know what happened to the Disciples after Christ’s Ascension into Heaven.
Nelson’s Compact Bible Commentary, Introduction: Luke wrote the Book of Acts to show the fulfillment of Jesus’ words, “I will build My Church and the gates of Hell shall not prevail against it.” Matthew 16:18. Before Jesus ascended to Heaven He commanded His followers to make Disciples of all nations (Luke 24:46-49). Luke begins Acts with a reiteration of that commission and a description of how it would be carried out (1:8). Luke called “the beloved physician” by Paul (Colossians 4:14), was a doctor whom Paul met in Troas (16:8-11). Even though the author does not mention himself by name in either the Gospel or Acts, early tradition identifies Luke as the author of both volumes.
Quest Study Bible – Why read this book? The Church today sometimes persecuted, ridiculed or even ignored, often needs encouragement. The Book of Acts reminds us that despite modern challenges the Church can be alive and well. Acts shows how revival and church growth comes, not by human effort but through the power of the Holy Spirit. Luke wrote the Book of Acts as a historian to tell what happened after the Resurrection. Acts is the second volume of the Good News – the sequel to the Gospels, written around A.D. 63 to 70. What to look for in Acts?As you read what happened then, consider its impact now. The difficulties faced by the early church can encourage the present day church. The Spirit so acute in Acts is the same Holy Spirit that currently works in the Church.
Matthew Henry’s Concise Commentary – This book unites the Gospels to the Epistles (Letters). It contains many particulars concerning the Apostles Peter and Paul, and the Christian Church from the Ascension of our Savior to the arrival of St Paul at Rome, a space of about thirty years.
“Jesus Taken Up Into Heaven”, Acts 1:1) The former treatise have I made, O Theophilus, of all that Jesus began both to do and teach. Luke 1:3. 2) Until the day in which He was taken up, after that He through the Holy Ghost had given commandments unto the Apostles whom He had chosen: 3) To whom also He shewed Himself alive after His Passion by many infallible proofs, being seen of them forty days, and speaking of the things pertaining to the Kingdom of God: 1Corinthians 15:5. 4) And, being assembled together with them, commanded them that they should not depart from Jerusalem, but wait for the promise of the Father, which, saith He, ye have heard of Me. John 14:16. 5) For John truly baptized with water; but ye shall be baptized with the Holy Ghost not many days hence. Joel 2:28, 29. 6) When they therefore were come together, they asked of Him, saying, Lord, wilt thou at this time restore again the kingdom to Israel? Isaiah 1:26; Amos 9:11. 7) And He said unto them, It is not for you to know the times or the season, which the Father hath put in His own power. 8) But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto Me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth. 9) And when He had spoken these things, while they beheld , He was taken up; and a cloud received Him out of their sight. 10) And while they looked stedfastly toward Heaven as He went up, behold, two men stood by them in white apparel; 11) Which also said, Ye men of Galilee, why stand ye gazing up into Heaven? this same Jesus, which is taken up from you into Heaven, shall so come in like manner as ye have seen Him go into Heaven. 1Thessalonians 1:10; Revelations 1:7.
Matthew Henry’s Concise Commentary – v1-5, Our Lord told the Disciples the work they were to do. The Apostles (one sent forth, refers to the twelve Disciples and others, Paul, Barnabas, sent forth on a special commission) met together at Jerusalem; Christ having ordered them not to depart thence, but to wait for the pouring out of the Holy Spirit or Holy Ghost. This would be a baptism by the Holy Ghost, giving them power to work miracles and enlightening and sanctifying their souls. This confirms the Divine promise, and encourages us to depend upon it, having heard it from Christ; for in Him all the promises of God are yea and amen (so be it). v6-11, They were earnest in asking about that which their Master never had directed or encouraged them to seek. Our Lord knew that His Ascension and the teaching of the Holy Spirit would soon end these expectations, and therefore only gave them a rebuke; but it is a caution to His Church in all ages, to take heed of a desire of forbidden knowledge. He had given His Disciples instructions for the discharge of their duty, both before His Death and since His Resurrection, and this knowledge is enough for a Christian. He has given Believers strength equal to their trials and services and under the influence of the Holy Spirit they may in one way or another, be witnesses for Christ on earth, while in Heaven He manages their concerns with perfect wisdom, truth and love. When we stand gazing and trifling, the thoughts of our Master’s second coming should quicken and awaken us. May our expectation of it be stedfast and joyful, giving diligence to be found of Him blameless. Amen.
More to come and God Bless You.