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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.

5 For John truly baptized with water; but ye shall be baptized with the Holy Ghost not many days hence.

6 When they therefore were come together, they asked of him, saying, Lord, wilt thou at this time restore again the kingdom to Israel?

7 And he said unto them, It is not for you to know the times or the seasons, 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.

12 Then returned they unto Jerusalem from the mount called Olivet, which is from Jerusalem a sabbath day's journey.

13 And when they were come in, they went up into an upper room, where abode both Peter, and James, and John, and Andrew, Philip, and Thomas, Bartholomew, and Matthew, James the son of Alphaeus, and Simon Zelotes, and Judas the brother of James.

14 These all continued with one accord in prayer and supplication, with the women, and Mary the mother of Jesus, and with his brethren.

15 And in those days Peter stood up in the midst of the disciples, and said, (the number of names together were about an hundred and twenty,)

16 Men and brethren, this scripture must needs have been fulfilled, which the Holy Ghost by the mouth of David spake before concerning Judas, which was guide to them that took Jesus.

17 For he was numbered with us, and had obtained part of this ministry.

18 Now this man purchased a field with the reward of iniquity; and falling headlong, he burst asunder in the midst, and all his bowels gushed out.

19 And it was known unto all the dwellers at Jerusalem; insomuch as that field is called in their proper tongue, Aceldama, that is to say, The field of blood.

20 For it is written in the book of Psalms, Let his habitation be desolate, and let no man dwell therein: and his bishoprick let another take.

21 Wherefore of these men which have companied with us all the time that the Lord Jesus went in and out among us,

22 Beginning from the baptism of John, unto that same day that he was taken up from us, must one be ordained to be a witness with us of his resurrection.

23 And they appointed two, Joseph called Barsabas, who was surnamed Justus, and Matthias.

24 And they prayed, and said, Thou, Lord, which knowest the hearts of all men, shew whether of these two thou hast chosen,

25 That he may take part of this ministry and apostleship, from which Judas by transgression fell, that he might go to his own place.

26 And they gave forth their lots; and the lot fell upon Matthias; and he was numbered with the eleven apostles.


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Matthew Henry's Acts Chapter 1 Bible commentary...

This book unites the Gospels to the Epistles. It contains many particulars concerning the apostles Peter and Paul, and of the Christian church from the ascension of our Saviour to the arrival of St. Paul at Rome, a space of about thirty years. St. Luke was the writer of this book; he was present at many of the events he relates, and attended Paul to Rome. But the narrative does not afford a complete history of the church during the time to which it refers, nor even of St. Paul's life. The object of the book has been considered to be, 1. To relate in what manner the gifts of the Holy Spirit were communicated on the day of Pentecost, and the miracles performed by the apostles, to confirm the truth of Christianity, as showing that Christ's declarations were really fulfilled. 2. To prove the claim of the Gentiles to be admitted into the church of Christ. This is shown by much of the contents of the book. A large portion of the Acts is occupied by the discourses or sermons of various persons, the language and manner of which differ, and all of which will be found according to the persons by whom they were delivered, and the occasions on which they were spoken. It seems that most of these discourses are only the substance of what was actually delivered. They relate nevertheless fully to Jesus as the Christ, the anointed Messiah.Proofs of Christ's resurrection. (1-5) Christ's ascension. (6-11) The apostles unite in prayer. (12-14) Matthias chosen in the place of Judas. (15-26)1-5 Our Lord told the disciples the work they were to do. The apostles met together at Jerusalem; Christ having ordered them not to depart thence, but to wait for the pouring out of the Holy Spirit. 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, that we have heard it from Christ; for in Him all the promises of God are yea and amen.

6-11 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. It is enough that He has engaged to give believers strength equal to their trials and services; that under the influence of the Holy Spirit they may, in one way or other, 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: when we stand gazing and trembling, they should comfort and encourage us. May our expectation of it be stedfast and joyful, giving diligence to be found of him blameless.

12-14 God can find hiding-places for his people. They made supplication. All God's people are praying people. It was now a time of trouble and danger with the disciples of Christ; but if any is afflicted, let him pray; that will silence cares and fears. They had now a great work to do, and before they entered upon it, they were earnest in prayer to God for his presence. They were waiting for the descent of the Spirit, and abounded in prayer. Those are in the best frame to receive spiritual blessings, who are in a praying frame. Christ had promised shortly to send the Holy Ghost; that promise was not to do away prayer, but to quicken and encourage it. A little company united in love, exemplary in their conduct, fervent in prayer, and wisely zealous to promote the cause of Christ, are likely to increase rapidly.

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 apostles were ordained, not to wordly dignity and dominion, but to preach Christ, and the power of his resurrection. An appeal was made to God; "Thou, Lord, who knowest the hearts of all men," which we do not; and better than they know their own. It is fit that God should choose his own servants; and so far as he, by the disposals of his providence, or the gifts of his Spirit, shows whom he was chosen, or what he has chosen for us, we ought to fall in with his will. Let us own his hand in the determining everything which befalls us, especially in those by which any trust may be committed to us.


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Evangelist Chatauna Robinson's Acts Chapter 1 comment on 10/22/2014, 6:17am...

Hello Bill I would like to also add that the correct baptism is more than an illustration it is a deed in which man all of mankind has to do under this Grace Age that we are living in. You have to be baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ for the remission of sins. The whole salvation plan must be done in order to make it into heaven.


Evangelist Chatauna Robinson's Acts Chapter 1 comment on 10/22/2014, 6:14am...

Hello Bill I like your analogy of the sponge soaking up the water into itself. After you have repented, true repentance, then God according to the promise will give you the gift of the Holy Ghost. God is the only one that can give this gift. He is the only one that knows who has truly repented in his heart. After we repent we are like sponges we take it all in when he gives the Holy Ghost to us with the evidence of speaking in other tongues as the spirit of God gives us utterance. In John 7 37 thru 39 In the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried, saying, If any man thirst, let him come unto me, and drink. He that believeth on me, as the scripture, hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water. But this spake he of the Spirit, which they that believe on him should receive for the Holy Ghost was yet given because that Jesus was not yet glorified.


Bill's Acts Chapter 1 comment about verse 5 on 10/21/2014, 7:43pm...

Baptism is a matter of illustration. In our context of Acts 1 2, Jesus said, For John truly baptized with water but ye shall be baptized with the Holy Ghost lit. the quality of the Spirit Acts 1 5 . Water baptism pictures Spirit baptism. When you believe in Jesus for salvation, Spirit baptism occurs as a matter of fact. Spirit baptism is immersion into Christ, thus clothing you with Christ Gal. 3 26 27 . The fact of this provision allows for the function of the life of faith disciples indeed that accesses the power of the Spirit. For example, when a sponge is immersed into water, it is inundated with the water as the water moves into the sponge. Likewise, when you were immersed into Christ, you were inundated with Christ as the Spirit of Christ moved into you. This gift is given at salvation so that you may take from this inexhaustible provision for the rest of your life. Water baptism illustrates this wonderful reality. That is why after Peter told his audience to Repent first event , and then be baptized second event on the basis of the forgiveness of sins, he also told them to receive lit. take the gift of the Holy Ghost Acts 2 38 .


Evangelist Chatauna Robinson's Acts Chapter 1 comment on 10/19/2014, 5:07pm...

Let me clarify when I say Mary has no power. She was filled with the Holy Ghost which is the power from Jesus Christ. This is the resurrection power of God that we need to get out of here. However, she has no power to forgive and stop people from going to hell. Only Jesus Christ and in his name can forgive sin and save people from hell. We are to worship him only. We are not to make graven images and worship them. There are a lot of images of Mary some of which people kneel down and pray to her.


Evangelist Chatauna Robinson's Acts Chapter 1 comment on 10/19/2014, 4:51pm...

In the Catholic Order, Mary the mother of Jesus is their center character. They focus their belief around Mary. They pray to her to intercede on their behalf to Jesus. They pray to her for forgiveness. They say Hail Mary full of Grace for many reasons, none of which has anything to do with salvation or forgiveness. Mary has no power. She had to be in the upper room in order to receive the promise like everyone else, Acts Chapter 1 and 2. There is no salvation with her. The Bible states salvation comes through Jesus Christ name, Acts 4 12 Neither is there salvation in any other for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved . If you read verse 10 11 of this same chapter you will find he is talking about Jesus Christ. Jesus Christ should be the focal point of faith, Ephesians 4 5 "One Lord, one faith, one baptism.


Lue forte's Acts Chapter 1 comment about verse 20 on 10/18/2014, 4:31pm...

I believe that in this instant the CHURCH chose MAMMON over the Spirit of GOD, and used the maliciousness to choke the WORD. CHRIST went in the temple and turned over the tables of the money changers, and proclaimed his FATHERS HOUSE will be a house of prayer but they turned it into a den of thieves. the mantle of TRUE FAITH AWAS REJECTED for the gain of greed thru MONEY when they paid in fact to have the true riches of God, thru killing his Son and dspoilng the spoil. and thru money since all other revenue was in silver and gold made these men illuminated onto money of their own backed by their kingdom, inscription, and fame in their part of the EMPIRE. Thru money and religion the CHURCH is most powerful and has legions upon legions tasting of fornication.


Andrew's Acts Chapter 1 comment on 9/16/2014, 9:13pm...

In response of affirmation to Evangelist Chatauna Robinson 's Acts Chapter 1 comment on 9 12 2014, 9 03am.. True religion Bible based Christianity is always based on Father worship. Any religion with "mother " worship is harlot worship.


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