Morning Devotion: Read Acts 1

Acts 1:1  The former treatise have I made, O Theophilus, of all that Jesus began both to do and teach, 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: 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.

We are starting a new line of study as we travel through the book of Acts. Before we start this study, we must know that this book is a transitional book and an historical book as it relates to much of New Testament.

It is a wonderful book with many great truths for us. It shows the transition of how the Holy Spirit works and how Christianity developed. It shows God’s plan for us as believers in a world without Christ.

Luke is the author of this book. It records the ascension of Christ as does the book of Luke.

The books of Acts is the bridge between the gospels and the epistles. It has the happenings of the church and how it relates to the N.T. books. As a point in case, Galatians is a book written to Galatia with many references in the book of Acts. We will see how those correlates later.

It speaks of Christ and missions and salvation and the working of the Holy Spirit. The key verse is Acts 1:8

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.

It shows us how the believers in Christ were first filled with the Spirit of God and commissioned to go and reach the world with the gospel of Christ.

It reveals the power of God and the power of the church.

Let’s begin in verse 1Acts 1:1  The former treatise have I made, O Theophilus, of all that Jesus began both to do and teach, 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:

The “former treatise” was a term used in Luke’s Gospel, it was directed to Theophilus-whose name means “lover of God.”

Luke 1:1  Forasmuch as many have taken in hand to set forth in order a declaration of those things which are most surely believed among us, 2  Even as they delivered them unto us, which from the beginning were eyewitnesses, and ministers of the word; 3  It seemed good to me also, having had perfect understanding of all things from the very first, to write unto thee in order, most excellent Theophilus, 4  That thou mightest know the certainty of those things, wherein thou hast been instructed.

The term was used in other places regarding those in authority, the term “most noble” is the same word in the Greek language.

Acts 23:26  Claudius Lysias unto the most excellent governor Felix sendeth greeting.

Acts 24:3  We accept it always, and in all places, most noble Felix, with all thankfulness.

Acts  26:25  But he said, I am not mad, most noble Festus; but speak forth the words of truth and soberness.

Theophilus was a man of importance, Luke dedicated both the book of Luke and the book of Acts to Theophilus.

Luke called Theophilus “most excellent” giving him prominence.  Some believe Theophilus was a lawyer or a roman officer of some type. I often wonder if he was a lawyer and Luke’s discourse was much akin to an affidavit concerning Paul’s life for the purpose of Paul’s defense prior to his death.

While the book of Luke is all about Jesus being the Son of Man, the book of Acts is writing of all Jesus began to both do and teach. Just because Jesus is in heaven does not mean He is not doing and teaching. Our wonderful bible bears witness to that.

Acts 1:1  The former treatise have I made, O Theophilus, of all that Jesus began both to do and teach, 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:

The Lord has a wonderful command for the unsaved. Mark 1:14  Now after that John was put in prison, Jesus came into Galilee, preaching the gospel of the kingdom of God, 15  And saying, The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand: repent ye, and believe the gospel.

Of all the things one can obtain in this life, eternal life is just that, eternal. That my friend is only through the Lord Jesus Christ.

The choice is still yours,

Pastor Cook