1 In my former book, Theophilus, I wrote about all that Jesus began to do and to teach 2 until the day he was taken up to heaven, after giving instructions through the Holy Spirit to the apostles he had chosen. 3 After his suffering, he presented himself to them and gave many convincing proofs that he was alive. He appeared to them over a period of forty days and spoke about the kingdom of God. 4 On one occasion, while he was eating with them, he gave them this command: “Do not leave Jerusalem, but wait for the gift my Father promised, which you have heard me speak about. 5 For John baptized with water, but in a few days you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit.”
I didn’t get any comments on yesterday’s devotion so I am moving into Acts. In the first five verses we see a setup for what is to come. We read that Jesus fulfilled the prophecies for the messiah, He was killed and rose again, and presented Himself to many for forty days. Remember this was written to people who could VERIFY the story at that time. It was a letter to Theophilus. NOW we see that what is coming is a story about what the Spirit (the gifts from the Father) was going to do. The disciples were waiting for the baptism of the Spirit and subsequent mission fulfilled by Him.
So as we begin to read through Acts keep in mind that this is the opening scene for the Church. This is where we were corporately birthed. The Church begins to sprout and flourish. Let’s read through these coming weeks and enjoy the birth story, like a mother telling us the grand events which led to her most cherished relationship.
Help me find worth in these pages. Let me not forget that what we are reading here is the prelude to my story. We love You Lord, and thank You for birthing the Church by Your Spirit!
Start to share with others the stories you are going to be reading! There are some exciting details here, again written as a letter to someone who could verify it. If these stories were completely misconstrued then we would see other letters arise (historically) that would discount this. So share! 🙂