Acts 1:1-8 Spirit and Mission

After reading Acts 1:1-8 I got a fire lit under me.  I read how Jesus brought his disciples together and they assumed that he was informing them of a coming Kingdom that would be Israel, but he was sending them to the ends of the earth.  When the Holy Spirit comes upon us in power our lives harmonize with the will of God. It is not all at once, but we become more aware of what God wants and what God is doing in the world.  Then we align with his call and we move.  For the Christian, the earth is the Lord’s and everything in it.  This is how we see reality. Because the world was created by God for his own purposes, it has a blueprint for design.  The world should be a certain way where people flourish and support each other.  The world has lost its way.  It is obvious to see.  So, in the Spirit of God we Christians are meant to draw the world back from its pluralism and relativism to its singular truth and only God.

Acts 1:1-8

 In my former book, Theophilus, I wrote about all that Jesus began to do and to teach until the day he was taken up to heaven, after giving instructions through the Holy Spirit to the apostles he had chosen. 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. 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. For John baptized with[a] water, but in a few days you will be baptized with[b] the Holy Spirit.”

Then they gathered around him and asked him, “Lord, are you at this time going to restore the kingdom to Israel?”

He said to them: “It is not for you to know the times or dates the Father has set by his own authority. But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”

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About Plymothian

I teach at Moody Bible Institute in Chicago. My interests include education, biblical studies, and spiritual formation. I have been married to Kelli since 1998 and we have two children, Daryl and Amelia. For recreation I like to run, play soccer, play board games, read and travel.
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