Acts "Began Both To Do And Teach"
The greetings/introductions to each of the New Testament books reveal who Jesus is, His leaders are, and who the church is individually-collective, and this blog series is to help us understand how that allows God’s people to receive revelation into a deeper relational existence than they had prior to knowing this amazing map of our journey that He has given to us.
The Acts of the Apostles greeting is, “The former treatise have I made, O Theophilus, of all that Jesus began both to do and teach, 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: 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: 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. For John truly baptized with water; but ye shall be baptized with the Holy Ghost not many days hence.”
Luke is telling God’s people that Jesus was neither finished doing nor teaching His people “pertaining to the kingdom of God.” Jesus said, “it is finished” while He was hanging on the cross and He meant it, but He did not say, “I have given full revelation to my people and stopped working.” Jesus is still doing and teaching His people about the kingdom of God, and they get to experience the incredible adventure that He is leading them through on a moment by moment basis.
All of the people Jesus was talking to had been born again and were seeing the kingdom of God, but there was more for them to receive, and there is more for His people to receive today. The promise of the Holy Ghost living inside of His people is the “more” that God has given to His people, and this “more” is a Gift that enables His people to live a life beyond measure. The Holy Ghost is what equipped the people in the book of Acts to accomplish the amazing things that God worked through them and will happen through His people today. The Acts are not only a history lesson; it is an example of the lives that God has given to His people today. There are miracles being worked in and through His people around the world and this is the same life His people can have anywhere they exist as God desires.
God has this incredible map for His people, and He shares it with them as He knows they can receive it. Continue following the series and find out how amazing the journey can be.
Tomorrow’s blog is Romans introduction which states, “called to be an apostle,…and called to be saints:...”