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Rather, it is an affirmation, a washing that looks with hope for God’s (Ed: Messiah's) coming and lives in light of one’s relationship to Him (regarding this future looking and living see Bock's note below). They were in one accord in their determination. The reason is simple: Scripture contains no command, suggestion, or method for believers to seek or receive the baptism of the Spirit. 13:54-55). (Something Happens When Churches Pray -- Listen to a related 24 minute audio on this vital topic. 18:45; 2 Chr. In classical Greek perimeno meant “to expect” (to look for as likely to occur or appear; look forward to; anticipate) or “to await.” There is only one other use of perimeno in the non-apocryphal Septuagint "For Your salvation I wait, O LORD." VERSE BY VERSE COMMENTARY JOHN John 1:1-13 Jesus is introduced as the LOGOS. Still ’tis God’s hand that leadeth me. "Commentary on Acts 1:1". Sinai in preparation for Israel’s mission in the world. The witnesses consequently need, and are promised, a supernatural power for the performance of their work. His integrity is well-founded. He told them what to wait for—the Promise of the Father (the coming of the Holy Spirit). (Eph 2:10+) Indeed, as Peter (who had experienced this supernatural power) wrote "His divine power has granted to us everything pertaining to life and godliness, through the true knowledge of Him who called us by His own glory and excellence. " 1:7; 14:14-16); as surrounding ascending or descending saints or angels (1 Th 4:17; Rev. p. 313 [E. T. 365]; Kühner, ad Xen. Men and brethren — Though our Lord never addressed the people thus, (perhaps because it would have implied an equality not suitable to the dignity of his character,) yet the apostles frequently did, when they spoke to Jews or Christians, but never when speaking to the Gentiles. To summarize Peter's requirements for an apostle to replace Judas they had to have been with Jesus the entire 3 years, they had to be a witness of His resurrection (post-resurrection appearances) and finally they had to be chosen by God (cf 2 Ti 1:1 - an apostle by the will of God). Call the roll of some of the states men and dictators who for a brief time dominated the global stage in this century: Woodrow Wilson, Franklin D. Roosevelt, Winston Churchill, Kaiser Wilhelm II, Adolf Hitler, Joseph Stalin. Here they were in one accord in anticipation. The Hebrew form is Kvod Adonai, which means “the glory of Jehovah” and describes what the Shekinah glory is. “We believe God spared your life because He wants to use you. 16:8; Josh. First, Jesus returned to heaven (Ascension). 5:3; Matt. 4:5; Isa. This is why the church baptized new believers, and why believers today should be baptized as well. They were the last and yet not the last. Until that power we gain. Used of the soldiers who "cast lots diving up (Jesus') garments." Nevermore to suffer, nevermore to die, The all-important question is whether you are getting out the Word of God. There seems no great reason to doubt that Theophilus was a real personage, and the epithet κράτιστε, at all events in its technical significance, is hardly consistent with any other supposition (see Sanday, Inspiration, p. 319, note). See different meanings of basileia. He does not come on machinery but on men. D L Moody comments that "Some people seem to think they are losing time if they wait on God for His power, and so away they go and work without unction; they are working without any anointing, they are working without any power." The answer is obviously "yes" and so once again we observe the intimate association of the presence (and fullness) of the Holy Spirit and power. The disciples were in unity and fellowship. In the fall, she walks into my class, and the first thing you know she’s waving her ring finger in front of my face. Luke 6:35  “But love your enemies, and do good, and lend, expecting nothing in return; and your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High; for He Himself is kind to ungrateful and evil men. We have the opportunity to deliver a news alert to the people with whom we come in contact every day. (Ibid). Kairos can mean a moment or period as especially appropriate the right, proper, favorable time (at the right time). Gracious Spirit, use my words to help and heal. In Acts 8 and 10, the new believers in Judea and Samaria receive the Spirit. We need never let remorse remove our joy. Whenever you observe a "but", pause and prayerfully ponder the text and context (to study the verse not in isolation but in relation to other verses) by asking the "5W/H" questions, remembering that an interrogative mindset is a vital component of inductive Bible study and also an integral component of the blessed discipline of Biblical Meditation (see Ps 1:1-note, Ps 1:2-note, Ps 1:3-note, Joshua 1:8-note). I wish all ministers and church officers were as much concerned about the power of the Holy Spirit in our worship services as they are about a lot of minute details. New American Standard Version . Have your helper blindfold you. Why did Jesus ascend visibly? So Gilquist arranged to meet with him the next morning. 3 After his suffering, he presented himself to them and gave many convincing proofs that he was alive. Kingdom (932)(basileia from basileus = a sovereign, king, monarch) denotes sovereignty, royal power, dominion. Among those gathered for prayer in the days after Jesus ascended to heaven, Luke mentioned Mary, the mother of Jesus, and His brothers (Acts 1:14). App-121. 23, 27, 28; see to the same effect Zahn, Einleitung in das N. T., ii., 371 (1899), Rendall, Acts of the Apostles, in loco, and cf. And the legendary coach wanted to get the boys back to the fundamentals, back to the basics of the game. Should Simon Peter have held this election to choose a man to take the place of Judas? Even better is that we don’t have to rely on ourselves alone to do this. He preached in the same church as C. H. Spurgeon over one hundred years earlier. 16:10; Exod. https: Psalm 109:8—Replaced by another man—Matthias (see Acts 1:20). The NLT is an excellent paraphrase - "He replied, "The Father Alone has the authority to set those dates and times, and they are not for you to know. The former treatise have I made, O Theophilus, of all that Jesus began both to do and teach, Introduction-Last Days of our Lord upon Earth (Acts 1:1-8), The former treatise - `The first Account,' 'Narrative,' 'Discourse;' first being put for former [ prooton (Greek #4412) for proteron (Greek #4386)], as not unfrequently in most languages. Adrian Rogers once quipped "You can save a lot of time — by waiting on God!". They saw it as a vile place that decent Jews avoided. One lexicon says homothumadon means "to be of one soul." 21:24; Lk. Luke goes on to explain the power on Whom Jesus depended for effective ministry... (After entering the synagogue on the Sabbath He read from Isaiah) "THE SPIRIT OF THE LORD IS UPON ME, BECAUSE HE ANOINTED ME TO PREACH THE GOSPEL TO THE POOR. It is not fanciful to give attention to the spiritual suggestions of these three different regions:— (i) Witnessing to the Jews meant witnessing to those who held a true religion, but held it for the most part falsely and unreally. I was struggling with a videocassette player for a study group at church and couldn’t make it work. Such entreaty in the NT is addressed to God or Jesus and typically is both personal and specific." and in the evening withhold not thine hand.". They were to testify to the person of Christ, his teachings, his sacrificial death and his resurrection. What happens when one is filled with alcohol? Mark 14:62  And Jesus said, "I am; and you shall see THE SON OF MAN SITTING AT THE RIGHT HAND OF POWER, and COMING WITH THE CLOUDS OF HEAVEN." The Lord Jesus took off, and He didn’t need a launching pad or a space suit or a missile. BibliographyJohnson, Barton W. "Commentary on Acts 1:1". And He gave them the Holy Spirit to empower them to do this. As they continually devoted themselves to prayer, they did so together(homothymadon), as a fellowship of like-minded believers. That is backwards, for our primary focus should always be on the Scriptures, and then we will be able to discern the signs of the times when they clearly, unequivocally square with the description in God's Word. Peter in Jerusalem (Luke 24:34; 1 Cor. Every use of paraggello includes the inherent idea of binding the hearer or recipient in a way that they make the proper response to the charge or instruction. https: Began both to do and teach; the meaning is, that he has given Jesus’ works and teachings from the beginning. "Whedon's Commentary on the Bible". The repeated appearances of Jesus after His death brought His followers such joy that they must have wanted the visits to continue indefinitely. The power of God's Spirit KJV Acts 1:8 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. That’s why he was chosen to be the treasurer. . For their worm will not die And their fire will not be quenched; And they will be an abhorrence to all mankind.”. (Jn 14:16-17), Comment: The Spirit was "with" them but would be "in" them is a promise of the fulfillment of the New Covenant (Read Ezekiel 36:26, 27, Jer 31:31-34), Luke 24:49-note (Context: Lk 24:45-46, 47-48, 50-51)"And behold, I am sending forth the promise of My Father upon you (the 11 disciples/apostles); but (strong contrast) you are to stay in the city until (Note: Not "if" but "until" - see expressions of time) you are clothed with power (dunamis) from on high. 3 Encourage the exhausted, and strengthen the feeble. Hebrews 1:14-note Are they (ANGELS) not all ministering spirits, sent out to render service for the sake of those who will inherit salvation? (John 7:38-39-note). He is alive forevermore, enthroned in celestial glory. What does it mean that the Bible is inspired? One is more active, "to take"; the other is more passive, "to receive." Choose a verse from 'Acts 1' to begin your 'Verse-by-Verse' study of God's Word using the more than 100 commentaries available on The history of the Church was under the immediate control of the exalted Redeemer, and may justly be considered as the continuation in heaven of the work which he had begun on earth” (Baumgarten and Gloag). Comment: This is not a reference to heaven. And we must understand the contrariety of the second part, which he taketh in hand, that we may know that the evangelist determined with himself afresh to write, having new matter whereupon to write. THE CHURCH IN JERUSALEM (Acts 1:1-8:4). Guzik comments - When David was betrayed, he desired that the betrayer would be desolate and that another fill the betrayer’s office.   1. And do - What did Jesus do? Longnecker on upper room - Upper rooms in Palestinian cities were usually the choicest rooms because they were above the tumult of the crowded streets and beyond the prying eyes of passersby. 7:30; Lk. Thus John's baptism would only be external if it were not accompanied by heart change (see descriptions of John's baptism above). (MacArthur New Testament Commentary – Acts 1-12), Jack Arnold adds that "Mary was blessed among women because she was the mother of Jesus but she was just a sinner like every other human being in need of a Savior. And when a church, a minister or a Christian finds that it is winter time in his soul they must turn to the Holy Spirit and cry, "Quicken Thou me in the Way.". It is notable that 6 of the 10 NT uses of proskartereo are associated with prayer!. Therefore Paul could not have been one of the original 12 apostles. It is evident by the epithet given unto him, Luke 1:3, that he was one of great authority, having the same title which Tertullus gives unto Festus, Acts 24:3, and the chief captain unto Felix, Acts 23:26. Jesus. Watch not the clouds, consult not the wind-in season and out of season witness for the Saviour, and if it shall come to pass that for Christ's sake and the Gospel's you shall endure suffering in any shape, shrink not, but rejoice in the honour thus conferred upon you, that you are counted worthy to suffer with your Lord; and joy also in this-that your sufferings, your losses, and persecutions shall make you a platform, from which the more vigorously and with greater power you shall witness for Christ Jesus. The translators of the KJV realized this dilemma when they added the marginal note “eating together with them.” This early marginal reading may prove to be a good interpretation of this text, since Luke does record that the Lord ate with His disciples after the Resurrection (Luke 24:42,43; Acts 10:41). So this would have quite a joyful "family reunion" of Jesus' earthly family members - Jesus is alive and they will live eternally with Him as their Lord. 1, and frequently. This page contains links to verse by verse studies through the Bible. Call on the direction and power of the Holy Spirit. Acts 1:25  to occupy this ministry and apostleship from which Judas turned aside to go to his own place.". He is everything in the world to me. He himself had been a second Judas. They are unlike to the period before them in many respects, but completely similar in others; they have a preparatory character throughout; they all bear on the future work of the disciples, and hearten them for the time when they should be left alone. But nowhere in Scripture are we commanded to be baptized in the Holy Spirit. Received his share in this ministry - NET Note says "and was chosen to have a share in this ministry." Here’s an insight you may never have considered. This is talking about the 1,000 year marvelous millennial kingdom on earth. Such a cloud hovered above the tabernacle in the wilderness as a visible token of the glory of God that dwelt within the tabernacle (cf. The position of emphasis given to the verb shews, that the beginning of the doing and teaching of Jesus must be contrasted with the continuance of the same, now about to be related. 1851. Secondly, in order for the church to invade the territories of the enemy and conquer sinners for Christ she must be clothed with the same mighty power. 23:14; 1 Kings 8:15, 20, 24). "Bloody and deceitful men shall not live out half their days", ”this is bare justice to them, and great mercy to the poor and needy.And let another take his office. Indeed, if we are daily looking for Him, we are far more likely to be daily living for Him! This use of, prōtoswhere only two are compared is seen between the Baptist and Jesus (, men solitariumhere, as Hackett notes, is common in Acts. 37:35; Ps. Two passages underscore this statement. In the Old Testament one only needed two witnesses to support an accusation but God goes way beyond that requirement when it comes to substantiating the veracity and validity of the Resurrection of Jesus. Here must we note, that those which have only the bare knowledge of the history have not the gospel; unless the knowledge of the doctrine which maketh manifest the fruits of the acts of Christ be adjoined thereunto. Now we’re obviously not all evangelists like that, but we all need the power and the anointing of the Holy Spirit, and the work that we do for Christ is nothing except the work that Jesus Christ Himself is doing through us. (New Linguistic and Exegetical Key to the Greek NT). Thomas Coke Commentary on the Holy Bible. It seemed good to me to translate this on this wise, because λογον ποιεισθὰι, is the same with the Grecians, which verba facere, or to speak, is with the Latins, as Budaeus doth note. O Theophilus; (See Gill on Luke 1… They are all performed by the Holy Spirit in the life of the child of God and are not related to any extraordinary emotional experiences. Before Jesus ascended to His Father, He gave His disciples a final command—to launch a worldwide witnessing campaign. The subject has exercised a strong fascination over Christians in all ages. (Jerusalem to Rome: Studies in the Book of Acts). When Luke described the ascension from Bethany in the Gospel (Lk 24:50-51-note) and here from the mount called Olivet, there is no discrepancy if the ascension was from the backside of the Mount, near but not actually in the little village of Bethany which is near the eastern slope of the Mount of Olives. (2) And by the Spirit of God working in and through the believer and the church, believers are, in their measure, to be to the world what the Spirit is to them....Let this first lesson be written in large letters to be read by all, for it unlocks all the history that follows, and explains every subsequent lesson: the one supreme qualification of Christ's witnesses is this: that THEY BE ENDUED AND ENDOWED WITH POWER BY THE HOLY SPIRIT." MacArthur New Testament Commentary–1 Corinthians) (From sermon The Resurrection Plan). Guide (3595)(hodegos from hodos = way + hegeomai = lead) is literally "a leader on the way", a conductor, a guide. If you know Christ, WELCOME. 9:12; Deut. When the collection plate was handed to a wealthy man, he brushed it aside and said, “I do not believe in missions.” “Then take something out,” said the usher. Together, Luke and Acts comprise about 30 percent of the New Testament, surpassing both the writings of Paul and John in size (Richard Longenecker, The Expositor’s Bible Commentary [Zondervanl p. 207). 6:26 (The LORD lift up His countenance on you, And give you peace. Their retiring to the upper room reminds of Daniel in Da 6:10-note "Now when Daniel knew that the document was signed, he entered his house (now in his roof chamber [Lxx = same word as Acts 1:13 = huperoon] he had windows open toward Jerusalem); and he continued kneeling on his knees three times a day, praying and giving thanks before his God, as he had been doing previously.". Steven Cole on it is written in the book of Psalms - The point is that the apostles were men of the Word who were appealing to the Word to explain the difficulty of Judas’ defection and death, and of the need to replace him with another credible witness. 21:42; 22:29; 26:54; Mk. It shows that the Promise belongs to all His children, since it comes from God as our Father. King James Bible from start to finish work in archaeology, running working! Of imperial tyrants whose crimes hastened the downfall of the resurrection. '' ) ''! 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