Act 1:1 ¶ The former treatise have I made, O Theophilus, of
all that Jesus began both to do and teach,
COMMENTS: We know little of Theophilus
but Theo is Greek for God, so there is the suggestion the man
was godly. We are also unsure of who wrote the book of Acts,
but the rumor Gentile Doctor Luke wrote it is mistaken. The
Word of God tells us the oracles of God are entrusted to Jewish
writers. An oracle is a Word from God whether verbal or written
as we find in all of the 66 holy books of the Bible. We presume
Saint Luke who authored the gospel of Luke, was one of the inner
circle following the Lord Jesus Christ. In the gospel Saint Luke
covers "all Jesus began both to do and teach,..." The key word is
"began" to do and teach. The work of a holy revolution continued
to march on in truth and power, so the Author provided us with
THE BOOK OF ACTS.
Act 1:2 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:
COMMENTS: The holy report continues
until the Ascension and beyond where the Lord commanded his
Apostles through the holy Ghost. In other words, Jesus was the head of
the Church when he was alive as God in the flesh, and he
remained the head of the Church, but was no longer
visible. Jesus Christ has been working from behind the veil
of invisibility ever since.
Act 1:3 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:
COMMENTS: The Lord rose from the dead on
the third day and showed himself alive in many ways leaving no
doubt it was him, and was seen of his followers for forty days
before the Ascension, during which time he spoke of things
pertaining to the kingdom of God which is within. In other words,
he taught them about the anointing.
Act 1:4 ¶ And, being assembled together with [them], commanded
them that they should not depart from Jerusalem, but wait for
the promise of the Father, which, [said he], you have heard of me.
COMMENTS: The Lord is quoted from what he
said to the Apostles while he yet remained visible to them in
the flesh. They were to remain in Jerusalem until they received
the promise of the Father which Jesus had mentioned to them
Act 1:5 For John truly baptized with water; but ye shall be
baptized with the Holy Ghost not many days hence.
COMMENTS: The Apostles were to be baptized
with the Holy Ghost shortly after the Ascension. It is important to
make a distinction between modern day churchmen being baptized of
the Holy Ghost and the hard core disciples of Christ receiving
their baptism in the Holy Ghost. Although it is the same Holy
Ghost doing the baptizing, the recipients are different. The
Apostles were trained personally by the visible Lord and risen
Saviour to fight spiritual warfare, bearing the cross of the
living sacrifice, daily dying to themselves. They had been sent
out in twos and were already experienced in casting out demons,
in healing and in walking in the Spirit of the anointing. Their
consciousness was greatly expanded having experienced the miracle
working Master as their constant companion and teacher. The
churchman's feet are not set on the same path, having no visible
Jesus to teach and show them the way; but churchmen are generally
employed in the secular world when they receive the baptism of
the Holy Ghost and to their work they return rather than to the
constant "hungering and thirsting after righteousness" of the
Apostles. After they were baptized in the Holy Ghost the Apostles
were free to go where the Spirit literally led them.
Act 1:6 When they therefore were come together, they asked of
him, saying, Lord, will you at this time restore again the kingdom
COMMENTS: For everyone who has been taught
that Israel has lost her place with God forever, this verse is the
key proof otherwise: The word "kingdom" refers to the dominance
over the known world Israel exercised in the days of King David and
Act 1:7 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.
COMMENTS: Jesus did not deny dominance over
the known world would be restored, but told them it was not for them
to know when. Since we have a more sure world of prophecy in the
New Testament, having more prophecies to work with; we know dominion
will be turned over to Israel when THE TIMES OF THE GENTILES ends
at the second coming of Christ to set up his thousand year reign
Act 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
COMMENTS: The promise of power was made
specifically to the Apostles. Remember, they were prepared by
the Lord to be witnesses (martyr's in the Greek). For Christ had
shown them he rose from the dead, so their faith was fortified
to believe they could follow in his footsteps. The power they
were given in their baptism of the holy Ghost was "dunamis."
That is spiritual power they were able to invoke daily as they
died to themselves to come into the anointing; whereas the baptism
of the Holy Ghost the churchman receives is the receiving of
"the incorruptible seed" that they may grow up into Christ like
a fruit bearing tree. The Apostles were graduates from the hard
core discipleship the Lord had led them through. The churchmen
who has yet to study to show themselves approved of God are not
yet called into the daily lifestyle of a living sacrifice necessary
to walk in the Spirit as disciples of the invisible Lord, but when
one does obtain the calling; he has not the same advantage of
tutoring that the Apostles had from the visible Lord. That is one
reason why there are only twelve apostles. The Lord is not here
to train them up face to face.
Act 1:9 ¶ And when he had spoken these things, while they beheld,
he was taken up; and a cloud received him out of their sight.
COMMENTS: God does not announce what he
is about to do. As soon as the Lord had spoke those things, while
they yet looked upon him, he ascended into the sky where a cloud
covered him so they could not longer see him. The beginning of
the Lord's work began from that moment on from behind the veil
Act 1:10 And while they looked stedfastly toward heaven as he
went up, behold, two men stood by them in white apparel;
COMMENTS: The Apostles could no longer see
the Lord ascending into heaven but they searched the sky for further
sight of him and as they did, two men stood by them wearing white
turned their attention away to themselves.
Act 1:11 Which also said, You men of Galilee, why stand you
gazing up into heaven? this same Jesus, which is taken up
from you into heaven, shall so come in like manner as you
have seen him go into heaven.
COMMENTS: The two angels in white spoke
prophecy to the Apostles. They foretold the Lord would return
to the earth to exactly the same place in the Mount of Olives
in what we know as the second coming of Christ. And when he
does, we are told in another prophecy that he will set down
on the Mount of Olives and split it in two with an earthquake
all the way to Azal.
Act 1:12 ¶ Then returned they unto Jerusalem from the Mount
called Olivet, which is from Jerusalem a sabbath day's journey.
COMMENTS: For those who observe the
Sabbath, the rule restricting travel on that day is measured
by the distance from Jerusalem to the Mount of Olives. So the
Apostles had not far to go to return to Jerusalem and nothing
more was said of the two angels in white who spoke prophetically
of the Lord's second coming.
Act 1:13 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]
COMMENTS: You will notice the verse says
"an" upper room and not "the" upper room; so there may be
variance as to the location of this present gathering over the
former when the Lord presided them while physically present. The
word "abode" is the key to understanding this verse further.
We take it to mean the Apostles named went and remained or
abode there set apart unto God and Christ.
Act 1:14 These all continued with one accord in prayer and
supplication, with the women, and Mary the mother of Jesus,
and with his brethren.
COMMENTS: Others were present or came
to join in "prayer and supplication" unto God there. It was a
holy prayer meeting.
Act 1:15 ¶ 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,)
COMMENTS: This must be quite a large sized
room, for now the number has expanded to a hundred and twenty
of the Lord's holy following. And Peter the Apostle was
addressing them in the Spirit speaking as it were in God.
Imagine now, Saint Peter speaking in the supernatural power of
the Lord's Spirit like Jesus who spoke "AS MAN NEVER SPOKE BEFORE,"
Act 1:16 "Men and brethren, this Scripture must by necessity have been
fulfilled, which the Holy Ghost by the mouth of David spoke before
concerning Judas, which was guide to them that took Jesus.
COMMENTS: Peter pointed back to the book of
Psalms where the Prophet, King David was quoted as speaking
prophecies concerning the betrayal of Christ by Judas. So the book
of Psalms comes down to us not so much as David's writings but
as Oracles spoken by him. Judas was the traitor who guided the
religious leaders to the Mount of Olives in the dark where they
Act 1:17 "For he was numbered with us, and had obtained part of
COMMENTS: Judas had been trained by the Lord
along with the other disciples. He kept the treasury of donations
in a bag he carried with him for the support of the work.
Act 1:18 "Now this man (Judas) purchased a field with the reward of
iniquity; and falling headlong, he burst in two in the midst,
and all his bowels gushed out.
COMMENTS: Judas purchased the field
where he committed suicide. When the realization of what he
had done manifested
in his consciousness, he went into the field and hung himself
by the neck where the rope broke and he burst in two in the midst
and all his bowels gushed out.
Act 1:19 "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.
COMMENTS: All of the inhabitants of
Jerusalem know about this matter.
Act 1:20 "For it is written in the book of Psalms,
Let his habitation be desolate, and let no man dwell
therein: and his office of Bishop let another take.
COMMENTS: We will interupt Saint Peter's
power driven speech to the holy gathering momentarily to give
you the Oracle David spoke concerning Judas:
For the mouth of the wicked and the mouth of the
deceitful are opened against me: they have spoken against me
with a lying tongue.
They compassed me about also with words of hatred; and fought
against me without a cause.
For my love they are my adversaries: but I [give myself unto] prayer.
And they have rewarded me evil for good, and hatred for my love.
Set thou a wicked man over him: and let Satan stand at his right hand.
When he shall be judged, let him be condemned: and let his prayer
Let his days be few; [and] let another take his office.
Let his children be fatherless, and his wife a widow.
Let his children be continually vagabonds, and beg: let them seek
[their bread] also out of their desolate places.
Let the extortioner catch all that he hath; and let the strangers
spoil his labour. Let there be none to extend mercy unto him:
neither let there be any to favour his fatherless children.
Let his posterity be cut off; [and] in the generation following
let their name be blotted out.
Let the iniquity of his fathers be remembered with the LORD; and
let not the sin of his mother be blotted out.
Let them be before the LORD continually, that he may cut off the
memory of them from the earth.
Because that he remembered not to shew mercy, but persecuted the
poor and needy man, that he might even slay the broken in heart.
As he loved cursing, so let it come unto him: as he delighted not
in blessing, so let it be far from him.
As he clothed himself with cursing like as with his garment, so
let it come into his bowels like water, and like oil into his bones.
Let it be unto him as the garment [which] covereth him, and for
a girdle wherewith he is girded continually.
[Let] this [be] the reward of mine adversaries from the LORD,
and of them that speak evil against my soul.
But do thou for me, O GOD the Lord, for thy name's sake: because
thy mercy [is] good, deliver thou me.
Act 1:21 Wherefore of these men which have companied
with us all the time that the Lord Jesus went in and out
COMMENTS: Saint Peter continues his
speaking in the Spirit of God telling the holy gathering
that someone from among those who was with them in the
company of the Lord's disciples from the beginning, ought
to be chosen to take the office Judas lost.
Act 1:22 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.
COMMENTS: Peter is very specific in
narrowing down the candidates from whom an Apostle would be
selected, saying the individual would have to have been with
them from the baptism of John in the Jordan of Jesus. And
that individual must be ordained to be a witness with us of
his resurrection. In other words, the individual chosen could
not expect to just take title to the office of Apostle, he
would keep company with the Apostles as a witness of the
Lord's resurrection which in those days was a dangerous thing
to do since all of Israel who had not yet received the revelation
that Christ was their Messiah, were against the spread of
the New Testament faith as a competitor to Judaism and the law
Act 1:23 And they appointed two, Joseph called Barsabas,
who was surnamed Justus, and Matthias.
COMMENTS: The Apostles followed the Word
Peter spoke from the Lord and chose two candidates rather than
chance the office of Apostle of falling into the power of
someone less qualified.
Act 1:24 And they prayed, and said, You, Lord, who knows
the hearts of all [men], show whether of these two you have chosen,
COMMENTS: So the Apostles prayed unto God
in the command form, politely commanding God to reveal which of the
two he would have as an Apostle.
Act 1:25 That he may take part of this ministry and apostleship,
from which Judas by transgression fell, that he might go to his
COMMENTS: The candidate was to take the place
of Judas who fell into hell.
Act 1:26 And they gave forth their lots; and the lot fell
upon Matthias; and he was numbered with the eleven apostles.
COMMENTS: God is the hand of man we are told
in the book of Psalms. This is a great mystery, but once it is
understood and believed; it is much easier to trust in the choosing
of lots to settle a matter. This they did, and Matthias was chosen
by God to be numbered with the eleven apostles. Saint Paul
the Apostle was
not present with them at the time.