Scripture: Acts 1:1-3(NKJV)

1 The former account 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 He through the Holy Spirit had given commandments to the apostles whom He had chosen, 3 to whom He also presented Himself alive after His suffering by many infallible proofs, being seen by them during forty days and speaking of the things pertaining to the kingdom of God.

Meditation

The book of Acts starts out by the author saying “The former account I made”. This refers to the gospel of Luke and gives evidence that Luke is the author of the book of Acts. Now most commentators take the adjective “former” mentioned in the first verse not as something that comes before but, rather something as being first. Sometimes the book of Acts is headlined as the “Acts of the Apostles” but, I think a better headliner would be “Acts of the Holy Spirit”. The Holy Spirit moved swiftly and mightily in those who followed Christ. Jesus continued to teach up until the final moment that he died on on the cross. He asked the father to forgive them for they know not what they do and he extended grace to the two thieves who were hanging on crosses to the left and to the right of Him. Even the forty days after he rose from the dead he continued to minister to people and teach the apostles. He had many infallible proofs. People could see with there very own eyes and touch him with there very own hands that it was truly the same Jesus who died on the cross was standing before them because the grips of death could not hold the savior down. Jesus continues to teach everything pertaining to the kingdom of God. Now the Kingdom of God and the Church are very closely correlated in scripture but, they are not the same. “The kingdom is the mediatorial rule of Christ and the sphere in which He exercises that rule. The church is the fellowship of the people who have received the offer of the kingdom. So, kingdom emphasizes Christ’s gracious sovereignty, and church emphasizes His redeemed people.”

 

Application

Jesus is fully alive and the Holy Spirit is still working by convincing the world of sin and being a counselor, teacher, and giver of grace. Christ is our mediator and is sitting at the right hand of the father. We are His church. His called out ones who are called in Christ to have fellowship and commune with Him. Let us always be open to the teaching from the Holy Spirit pertaining to the kingdom of God.

Prayer

Lord, let us as your church always be open to your spirit and the deep things of your kingdom. We are co-rulers with you in the kingdom and you have given us authority in your name to do miracles, healings, and raise the dead. Let us extend that authority from within our hearts, where your kingdom is to the sphere of our city because I know greater things are yet to come.

 

 

Cairns, A. (2002). In Dictionary of Theological Terms (p. 250). Belfast; Greenville, SC: Ambassador Emerald International.

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