Acts Study: 1:1-5
1. Acts follows after Luke… so why do we separate them in our Bibles?
a. God is the more ultimate author, not Luke.
b. The church has always recognized a “fourfold” gospel.
c. So, Acts is best seen as the follow-on book for the whole gospel, not just Luke
2. Acts of Who? The Apostles? The Holy Spirit? Jesus?
a. Verse 1: the “first book” (Gospel of Luke) was all that Jesus BEGAN to do and teach. Implication: Acts is about what Jesus CONTINUES to do and teach.
b. Luke includes the ascension in the first book. So why is it in the second book, too? Why rehearse it again? Acts begins with Jesus’s words and ascension on purpose.
3. Verse 2: possible Elijah/Elisha reference, since we continue with the Spirit of Christ just as Elisha continued in the Spirit given to Elijah, and since Jesus is the one greater than Elijah
4. Verse 3: “He (THE MESSIAH) presented himself alive to them after his suffering (ATONED FOR SIN AND DEFEATED DEATH) by many proofs, appearing to them during forty days and speaking about the kingdom of God (THE KING IS TAKING ALL ABOUT THE COMING KINGDOM!!! IT MUST BE TIME!!!)”
5. Verse 4-5: “…he ordered them not to depart from Jerusalem, but to wait for the promise”
a. Why Jerusalem? The kingdom was going to start in “the city of the great King”. The new temple was going to be built in the presence of the old.
b. What promise?
For I will pour water on the thirsty land, and streams on the dry ground; I will pour my Spirit upon your offspring, and my blessing on your descendants.
“And as for me, this is my covenant with them,” says the Lord: “My Spirit that is upon you, and my words that I have put in your mouth, shall not depart out of your mouth, or out of the mouth of your offspring, or out of the mouth of your children’s offspring,” says the Lord, “from this time forth and forevermore.”
And I will give you a new heart, and a new spirit I will put within you. And I will remove the heart of stone from your flesh and give you a heart of flesh. And I will put my Spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my statutes and be careful to obey my rules.
“And it shall come to pass afterward, that I will pour out my Spirit on all flesh; your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, and your young men shall see visions. Even on the male and female servants in those days I will pour out my Spirit.
How should this effect the way we think about Jesus’s current relationship with his church?
How should this effect how we see ourselves?
How should verse 3 effect how we think about COVID-19?