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ACTS CHAPTERS 1 & 2

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1-3 The first account I composed, Theophilus, about all that Jesus began to do and teach, 2 until the day when He was taken up to heaven, after He had by the Holy Spirit given orders to the apostles whom He had chosen. 3 To these He also presented Himself alive after His suffering, by many convincing proofs, appearing to them over a period of forty days and speaking of the things concerning the kingdom of God.

 

Act 1,1-5

(222a) Kingdom of God >> The elusive Kingdom of Heaven >> Kingdom hidden behind the veil from the world >> The Church is hidden from the world – The Church is not supposed to have a place in the world, but we can see that it does, and this is causing more problems than it is solving. If it were up to the world, the Church would not even exist, but in fact that is not the opinion of most people, which again sends up red flags. If our gospel is not offensive to the world, then maybe we took away the offense to avoid being offended ourselves. The Bible says that the offense of the gospel is the cross of Christ, but there is another offense, the Holy Spirit. The Church exists by the will of God and not by the will of man. The Church that God has called His people to build is a church that is essentially hidden from the world. The world merely tolerates the Church, yet we are the very salt of the earth, keeping the world from self-destruction, being a trait of the devil. It’s not man’s world, even though man would like to think it belongs to him, yet he gave his authority to Satan when he bit into the forbidden fruit in the Garden of Eden, and now the devil owns the world, except that God has a say-so in the matter, who has protected the world from self-destruction all these thousands of years. Jesus Christ has been a buffer to keep the world from destroying itself until the time set by the Father, for we know there is a time coming when the world will attempt to destroy itself, but it cannot happen while the Church is healthy. Ironically, endtime prophecy can only be fulfilled after the devil has found a way to neutralize the Church. Look at the difference between the Book of Acts and the condition of the Church today. That difference is spelled with a capital A-postasy.

Act 1-1,2

(100g) Thy kingdom come >> Diligence >> Diligence in studying the word of God

(208h) Salvation >> The salvation of God >> Personal relationship >> Being the friend of God >> Relationship with God by the Spirit – The name Theophilus in Greek means friend of God. This name ties the book of Acts with the gospel of Luke, suggesting they have the same author in common since no one else wrote this way. It says in Lk 1,1-3, “In as much as many have undertaken to compile an account… it seems fitting… having investigated… to write it out for you in consecutive order most excellent Theophilus.” Some ague whether he was a real person, but outside of mere curiosity it doesn’t really matter. Real or not, Theophilus was Luke’s main audience, and through Theophilus we all will read the gospel of Luke and the Acts of the Apostles. Theophilus was someone Luke trusted with his very life and with the account he had written of a man he so deeply revered and loved, Jesus Christ.

Act 1-1

(147a) Witness >> Validity of Jesus Christ >> Jesus’ works bear witness of Himself >> Remember Jesus’ miracles

Act 1-2

(110f) Thy kingdom come >> Faith >> Spirit and the word >> Spirit speaks through you >> Spirit speaks through Jesus

(219c) Sovereignty >> God overrides the will of man >> The elect >> Man is a spectator of his own salvation >> God has chosen us

Act 1,3-11

(237h) Kingdom of God >> Pursuing the kingdom >> Transferring the kingdom >> The Church is transferred to the kingdom >> The ascension >> Jesus’ ascension

Act 1,3-9

(39d) Judgment >> Jesus defeated death >> Witnesses of Jesus’ resurrection – Jesus was very careful to make sure everybody was with Him in understanding everything that was happening before He ascended to the Father, that there was no confusion, so when He sent the Holy Spirit, there would be no conflicts or contradictions between the Holy Spirit and what they thought they understood about Jesus. He wanted them to know not only that He was real, they weren’t just seeing an aberration or an angel, but that it was really Him. They needed to know the truth about Him and about God’s plan for them to build a church, not a physical edifice but one that is spiritual in nature, one that is unique and separate from the world. 

Act 1-3

(98f) Thy kingdom come >> Endurance (Thorn in the flesh) >> (Faith à Suffering à Glory of Christ) >> The cross

(245h) Kingdom of God >> Spirit realm imposed on the natural realm >> Literal manifestations >> Manifestation of God’s righteous judgment >> The resurrection is a manifestation of His life

(254g) Trinity >> Holy Spirit’s relationship between Father and Son >> Jesus is the life of the Spirit >> Jesus is the substance of God’s life >> Jesus conquered death because He is life

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4-7 Gathering them together, He commanded them not to leave Jerusalem, but to wait for what the Father had promised, "Which," He said, "you heard of from Me; 5 for John baptized with water, but you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit not many days from now." 6 So when they had come together, they were asking Him, saying, "Lord, is it at this time You are restoring the kingdom to Israel?" 7 He said to them, "It is not for you to know times or epochs which the Father has fixed by His own authority;

 

Act 1-4,5

(35g) Gift of God >> God gives Himself to us >> Jesus sends the Holy Spirit -- These verses go with verse 8.  In the book of Acts the people suddenly started talking about the Holy Spirit, whereas before Jesus was crucified the disciples were indifferent to Him. After the crucifixion, resurrection and ascension of Christ, His disciples understood the concept, because they began experiencing Him firsthand. A proper teaching of the Holy Spirit has been lost in the days in which we are currently living for the same reason the disciples didn’t talk about Him prior to Pentecost, from a lack of experience. The Holy Spirit is the first thing to go when the apostasy comes. One of the purposes of the Holy Spirit is to create an atmosphere among Christians. As an example, whenever an era closes, such as the sixties, the seventies or the eighties, we can remember the events that took place, the history of the time, but we find it difficult to bottle the spirit of the time in our memories. We have our own era going now, and the days in which we are living will become unique to history, though they seem common now. Every era has an atmosphere associated with it that we mostly take for granted, so when that era passes, that atmosphere is lost, yet all the events that took place during each era happened within the atmosphere of the time, even causing the events to occur in the first place. The same is true with the Holy Spirit, who generates the works of God among Christians in the teaching and preaching of the gospel of Christ, yet when the apostasy comes the Holy Spirit is the first thing that is lost in the teaching. 

(110i) Thy kingdom come >> Faith >> Spirit and the word >> Born of the Spirit by the truth >> Sound of the wind is the words of Jesus -- These verses go with verse 8

(190k) Die to self (Process of substitution) >> Separation from the old man >> Baptism >> Baptism of the Holy Spirit -- These verses go with verse 8. This is where we are as a people today; we have forgotten the significance of the Holy Spirit; we don’t understand Him anymore. The only reason He is mentioned at all is that the Bible speaks so heavily about Him, yet we don’t understand the Scriptures that speak of Him. The Holy Spirit is someone we must personally experience to truly know Him, like experiencing the sixties as a young adult. Reading about those days in a book won’t give us the spirit of the time anymore than the baptism of the Holy Spirit can be experienced from a book. His indwelling presence in the believer must have an impact on our lives, and in order for that to happen we must allow Him to produce the works of God in us, but too many people nowadays suppress the Holy Spirit dwelling in them so that He is not allowed to manifest, and the result is that few people are being saved, and those who are saved are scarcely saved. All we really have is their word; they claim to be Christians but so often they don’t provide us with evidence of their faith. It is the Holy Spirit who provides the evidence; He creates the atmosphere by which we do the works of God. The difference between the baptism of John and the baptism of the Holy Spirit is almost the same difference as between what the Bible says about it and how the Church teaches it today.

(205c) Salvation >> Salvation is based on God’s promises >> According to promise >> Promise of the Holy Spirit – Luke (the writer of the Book of Acts) is drawing precedence that Christianity really is all about the Holy Spirit. The book is called the Acts of the Apostles, but we could just as easily call it the Acts of the Holy Spirit as seen through the apostles. Had Jesus been raised from the dead, appeared to His disciples, spoke to them concerning the Kingdom of God and then gone to heaven without ever sending the Holy Spirit, the story would have ended right there. The people would have gone each to his own home and never seen each other again, having never performed the exploits of evangelism and changed the world. Instead, Jesus did send His Holy Spirit into the world to His disciples, the Book of Acts was indeed launched, and the Book of Acts did come to pass as a result.

Act 1-4

(126ka) Thy kingdom come >> Manifestations of faith >> Patience >> Have patience for the return of Christ >> The spiritual return of Christ

 

Act 1-6,7

(50b) Judgment >> God judges the world >> The second coming of Christ

(214dd) Sovereignty >> God controls time >> God’s timing >> God’s timing transcends our comprehension >> God’s time is none of our business – God is very possessive about time, even though He lives in eternity and has an infinite amount of it. God has told us many things that have happened and are yet to happen, but He rarely tells us when things are scheduled to happen, because people would immediately misuse the knowledge. Had Jesus told His disciples that there was a 2000-year waiting period before His return, they would have shrugged off the will of God saying, ‘It’s not for us then,’ and never done half the things they did. They struggled and labored and fought and suffered for the sake of the Kingdom of God, not just for our sakes, but also believing that their Lord would return in their lifetime. Every generation that has ever lived since Abraham, who first heard the plan and purpose for mankind, that He would make a mighty nation through him, has been hoping that God’s plan and purpose would be established in their lifetime, and it has inspired them to live for God, hoping that when He comes to reveal Himself, He will find them doing His will. We also know that if God’s glorious kingdom does not come in our lifetime, we will be an intricate part of it in eternity, so it doesn’t matter if it comes in our lifetime or not, we will be a part of it just the same, because we belong to God.

(215i) Sovereignty >> God controls time >> Suddenly >> The Kingdom of Heaven appears suddenly >> Without warning >> God brings His kingdom to pass in its time – The disciples asked Jesus an interesting question. It had nothing to do with having any insight, but it gave us insight into what they (and the entire nation of Israel) were thinking in regard to Messiah. Throughout Jesus’ ministry the disciples walked with the Lord, and awoke to a new day and a new possibility that Jesus would spring the Kingdom of God on the world. Suddenly everything would change and the glory of God would be revealed; that is what their Jewish teachers taught them from Old Testament prophecies regarding the Kingdom of God established on the earth; they refer to His second coming. He would make His disciples magistrates of His new kingdom, but everyday it didn’t happen. This is why the disciples were confused and disappointed when He died on the cross. He solved every problem and healed every disease and confounded every enemy, but in the end He submitted to them. The disciples and, on a larger scale, Israel failed to see prophesied the suffering servant who would die for the sins of the world, and according to Jesus’ reaction, they should have known (Lk 24-25,26). It was in the Scriptures, but they didn’t see it. It wasn’t the disciples fault so much as it was their teachers who indoctrinated them about the coming power and glory of Israel, being where the disciples question to Jesus arose. Had Israel conferred with their prophets in ancient times, many would have been able to lead them to integrate the teaching of a suffering servant into their Jewish theology and tradition, but God had done this very thing through the specific laws of temple worship, which ironically depicted the sacrifice of their Messiah by their own hands. After Jesus rose from the dead they thought, ‘Ooh, now its coming,’ but this was Jesus answer to them: “It is not for you to know times or epochs which the Father has fixed by His own authority.” So what they hoped never came, and it still hasn’t come 2000 years later, showing the error of their beliefs. This should not come as a surprise that people are off-base with God; man has never understood the will of God; He is incomprehensible to the natural mind, but not to the Spirit whom He has given us.

(241b) Kingdom of God >> Opposition toward the Kingdom of God >> Hindering the kingdom >> Obstacles in the way of the kingdom >> Ask but don’t receive >> Asking for something that is not in His will -- These verses go with verses 24-26

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8-11 but you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be My witnesses both in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and even to the remotest part of the earth." 9 And after He had said these things, He was lifted up while they were looking on, and a cloud received Him out of their sight. 10 And as they were gazing intently into the sky while He was going, behold, two men in white clothing stood beside them. 11 They also said, "Men of Galilee, why do you stand looking into the sky? This Jesus, who has been taken up from you into heaven, will come in just the same way as you have watched Him go into heaven."

 

Act 1-8

(6e) Responsibility >> Advocate God’s cause >> Rest in Jesus’ yoke – What happened to the power of the Holy Spirit? Did Jesus say He would not work with His people this way anymore, or did we say it? We are the ones who have excused ourselves from the glory and power of God. Why have we done this? It would be extremely exciting and profound to live like the disciples of the early church; it would fill our lives with meaning, but we don’t avail ourselves to the power of God because we like the world and its secular perspective, and we don’t know if we really want to get that close to God, knowing we would have to put our flesh on a short leash. That is, we don’t want to walk in the power of God because we want the freedom to walk in the flesh. That is actually sad and pathetic.

(35g) Gift of God >> God gives Himself to us >> Jesus sends the Holy Spirit -- This verse goes with verses 4&5

(110i) Thy kingdom come >> Faith >> Spirit and the word >> Born of the Spirit by the truth >> Sound of the wind is the words of Jesus -- This verse goes with verses 4&5

(144f) Witness >> Validity of Jesus Christ >> Witnesses of Jesus >> The Church Bears Witness of Jesus >> Church bears witness of the Holy Spirit – When everybody collectively makes the decision to abandon the glory of God in order to be like the world, it makes it almost impossible for anyone who would have a different point of view to do exploits for God, because not only will we have to fight the world, but the Church too. In fact, the Church would become more jealous and resistant of them than the world. When the Church sees someone who has put down their flesh and picked-up and are walking in the Spirit with power, it puts them to shame, and they would use their flesh, their idol, to persecute the one who walks in the power of the Spirit. This is why we see virtually no one walking in the power of the Holy Spirit, but a day is coming when this will change. Before Jesus returns, His power and glory will be reinstated in His church, and those who would resist will find themselves fighting against God, and inadvertently excusing themselves from the eternal Kingdom of Heaven. His people will either walk in the power and glory of God or they won’t be His people.

(149h) Witness >> Validity of Jesus Christ >> Works of the Church bear witness to Jesus >> Evangelism >> Authority of the rhema given to evangelism >> Preaching the gospel by the power of God – When Jesus delivered the great commission of the gospel to His disciples, it sounded like He was asking for a very big task, equal to 40,000 pounds of potatoes shipped from one coast to the other, but when he said, "you shall receive power," it sounded like He was giving them a new eighteen-wheeler to do the job. Most truck drivers are fat, because the truck does all the work; the driver just sits there shifting and steering. That is the relationship we have between our work, and the Holy Spirit, except that we don’t get fat, because it is a hard enough job just letting the Holy Spirit work through our mortal flesh.

(190k) Die to self (Process of substitution) >> Separation from the old man >> Baptism >> Baptism of the Holy Spirit -- This verse goes with verses 4&5

Act 1,9-11

(15e) Servant >> Angels are messengers from God >> They are sent to impart information

(147f) Witness >> Validity of Jesus Christ >> Jesus’ works bear witness of Himself >> Divine works of God >> Spiritual manifestations

(236l) Kingdom of God >> Pursuing the kingdom >> The Church is transferred to the kingdom >> The Rapture >> The day of the Lord – The angels said that Jesus was coming back the same way He left, only in reverse; since He was ascending, He will be descending in the last days. Also, the events leading up to his return will occur in reverse order. After Jesus ascended to heaven, His disciples went back to the upper room where they remained nearly the entire forty days in urgent prayer, which was basically a hiding place from the Romans, waiting for the promise of the Holy Spirit. The Church was later dispersed into all the nations. The reverse order of that is: the Church is currently fragmented, a great influx of Jews will return to Jerusalem, followed by an outpouring of the Holy Spirit, followed by a wilderness (upper room) experience, where God’s people will wait for the promise of His return (Rapture). How many angels were standing next to Jesus while He ascended to heaven? There were two of them, as in the two witnesses. In the last days there will be two men who will raise up the 144,000 who will lead the gentiles into a great endtime revival. For a more succinct study of this, click of the article: Fall of Satan.

(245e) Kingdom of God >> Spirit realm imposed on the natural realm >> Literal manifestations >> Literal manifestation of Jesus Christ >> Manifestation of Jesus’ second coming

Act 1-9,10

(237g) The ascension (Key verse)

Act 1-10,11

(58b) Paradox >> Opposites >> Jesus’ second coming is similar to His ascension – After the Rapture occurs there will still be people alive on the earth, and not all of them will have received the mark of the beast, but they will have also rejected the purpose of God for themselves, so they served neither God nor Satan. Those who survive the antichrist’s onslaught and the trumpets of God’s judgment will find safe harbor in Jerusalem, under the city in the catacombs, which will also happen to be the capital city of the antichrist at the time. These are the ways of God: the worst place imaginable is the place where God will call His people as the safest place in the world. Earthquakes are synonymous with endtime prophecy, so it would seem likely that these catacombs would collapse, and there will be a great earthquake bigger than any that man has ever known that will collapse these catacombs, but Christ’s coming will be soon afterward and God’s people will be living on the surface by then awaiting Jesus’ return to the holy city, having no fear of the antichrist at that point. It is ironic that when the antichrist first came to Jerusalem, everyone fled for their lives, but after the Rapture and during the bowls of God’s wrath the city of God is the only safe place. Those who make this migration to Jerusalem will welcome the actual, physical return of Jesus Christ to the earth as He sets foot on the Mount of Olives, which will occur after the Marriage Supper of the Lamb, which is a celebration that will last many thousands of years, though on earth it will only seem like a few months, for with God a day is like a thousand years and a thousand years like one day (2Pet 3-8). Once the Marriage Supper of the Lamb ends and God comes for His people, the war of Armageddon is finished and all His heavenly hosts are following behind Him, and Christ begins to set up His millennial kingdom, those who hid in the catacombs, who remain in the flesh, will be called to replenish the populations of the earth. Their numbers will not be many.

Act 1-11

(50d) Judgment >> Last Days >> Jewish Led endtime revival >> Jews lead the world into revival >> Leading the harvest at the end of the age

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12-20 Then they returned to Jerusalem from the mount called Olivet, which is near Jerusalem, a Sabbath day's journey away. 13 When they had entered the city, they went up to the upper room where they were staying; that is, Peter and John and James and Andrew, Philip and Thomas, Bartholomew and Matthew, James the son of Alphaeus, and Simon the Zealot, and Judas the son of James. 14 These all with one mind were continually devoting themselves to prayer, along with the women, and Mary the mother of Jesus, and with His brothers. 15 At this time Peter stood up in the midst of the brethren (a gathering of about one hundred and twenty persons was there together ), and said, 16 "Brethren, the Scripture had to be fulfilled, which the Holy Spirit foretold by the mouth of David concerning Judas, who became a guide to those who arrested Jesus. 17 "For he was counted among us and received his share in this ministry." 18 (Now this man acquired a field with the price of his wickedness, and falling headlong, he burst open in the middle and all his intestines gushed out. 19 And it became known to all who were living in Jerusalem; so that in their own language that field was called Hakeldama, that is, Field of Blood.) 20 "For it is written in the book of Psalms, 'LET HIS HOMESTEAD BE MADE DESOLATE, AND LET NO ONE DWELL IN IT'; and, 'LET ANOTHER MAN TAKE HIS OFFICE.'

 

Act 1,12-14

(140c) Temple >> Temple made without hands >> Hiding place >> House where you live with Jesus – The upper room experience was a time of prayer, fasting, seeking God and waiting for his return, and in much the same way this will occur in the last days. The upper room experience in the last days will be a spiritual place that is incomprehensible to the natural mind, meaning that it could be virtually anywhere, just like heaven may not be billions of light-years away but right here in a different dimension; we just can't perceive it. These spiritual places will be dotted throughout the world, tens of thousands if not hundreds of thousands of people will congregate at each cite, located apart from large cities situated in wilderness areas, where the natural man cannot go. God will call His people there, and it will be a hiding place in plain sight, and no one will find them. God Himself will feed them like He fed the Israelites manna in the wilderness in the days of Moses; meanwhile, God will be in the process of judging the world through the Trumpets. There will be many Christians in the world at the time, not just 120 persons as in the upper room, but 144,000 Jewish Christians and millions of gentile believers; they will all seek God’s protection and find it in these places that God has prepared for them.

(142f) Witness >> Validity of Jesus Christ >> Witnesses of Jesus >> Having a good reputation >> Jesus’ reputation – Note that Jesus’ brothers were there, because they more than anyone knew He practiced what He preached. Not even His own brothers who lived with Him could account for a single sin He committed, and when His own family members believed this about Him, it was strong evidence that He had something going with God. Our immediate family members are the best indicators of our true spiritual state.

Act 1-12

(94d) Thy kingdom come >> Perspective on this life >> Perspective on time – Mount Olivet is a vista where Jesus’ feet left the earth, and it is where His foot will return at the end of the age. To Him it will seem that He had been gone only a couple days. The angel spoke as though He would return shortly, saying, “Why do you stand looking into the sky? This Jesus, who has been taken up from you into heaven, will come in just the same way as you have watched Him go into heaven” (v11). Knowing Scripture and how it reads, we should interpret this to mean that he will return to the same place and in the same way that He left, except the circumstances will be in reverse order. The saints will congregate in a certain location, as in the upper room, and there they will pray for the return of Jesus Christ. Recapping those events and seeing them through the lens of endtime prophecy, there was a gathering of saints, then a ministry with thousands of souls being saved after Pentecost, then a dispersion of saints from Jerusalem. When we think about all the things that happened, beginning with Mary becoming pregnant with Jesus by the Holy Spirit, and so many other things, in AD 70 the Jewish dispersion from Israel occurred, starting with the persecution of Christian Jews. It says in Rev 12-6, “Then the woman fled into the wilderness,” the woman referring to Jewish Christians. Before there can be a second dispersion there must be a return of the Jews to their homeland; this is happening now. Jesus’ foot touching the Mount of Olives will begin the clock ticking for His thousand-year reign on earth, and He will show mankind justice, and how man could have governed himself without leaving a trail of war.

Act 1-13,14

(129n) Thy kingdom come >> Manifestations of faith >> Unity >> Being in one accord >> Having one mind.  See: further information on Jesus Twelve Disciples.

Act 1-14

(100k) Thy kingdom come >> Devotion >> In your ministry to God >> Devoted to prayer

Act 1,15-20

(172aa) Works of the devil >> Manifestations of the devil >> Tares among the wheat >> Devils among the saints >> False brethren among the people of God >> Judas Iscariot among the disciples

(186j) Works of the devil >> The result of lawlessness >> The reprobate >> God’s role in forming a reprobate >> Marked out for destruction – According to Peter, Judas Iscariot bought a field and then went to that field and committed suicide, whereas we know by other passages that Judas threw the money into the temple, and the chief priests bought the field where Judas killed himself and named it the Field of Blood. Peter’s rendition is the inverse of Jesus’ parable of a man who found treasure in a field; he then moved the treasure to secret location in the field and then bought that field. After the transaction the previous owner came for his treasure and discovered it missing. The priests did something similar, only opposite; instead of buying a field with a treasure inside, they bought a field that was cursed with treasonous blood, so there was no prospect of gaining anything from it. The field was never used again for anything, just like Sodom and Gomorra was never rebuilt, nor was Babylon. They bought it to cordon off the location and never let anyone own that land again; they let it go fallow like an unkempt cemetery and stayed their distance, except for children telling each other ghost stories and occasionally trespassing the cursed ground. They bought it with the same coins that Judas threw into the temple, being unwilling to include it in the treasury, since it was the price of blood, even though they originally gave Judas the coins for information about Jesus’ whereabouts, that they might arrest Him and hang Him on a cross. Who can understand the reprobate mind?

Act 1,16-20

(21c) Sin >> Disobedience >> Unfaithful

(219i) Sovereignty >> God overrides the will of man >> Predestination >> Predestined according to the word of God

Act 1-16

(107k) Thy kingdom come >> Faith >> hearing from God >> The Bible will lead you to truth >> The Scriptures are factual – Prophecy is the greatest proof of the Bible; God foretells things and they come to pass. There is something else about Bible prophecy that is significant: the words themselves consist of mere inkblots on a page that represent meaning, but on either side of the prophecy is the work of God. These inkblots are timeless, having survived thousands of years unaltered; what they meant then they mean now, so when they are fulfilled, we may believe that God's word is true.

(110e) Thy kingdom come >> Faith >> Spirit and the word >> Spirit speaks through you >> God chooses men to speak through

Act 1,20-26

(78e) Thy kingdom come >> Sincerity >> Taking God to heart >> Having pure motives and desires – They put forth two men, Joseph (also called Barsabbas) and Matthias, with the credentials that they bore witness with the entire ministry of Christ, having followed Jesus from the baptism of John to His crucifixion, so they were probably one of the seventy as mentioned in Lk 10-1, apart from the twelve disciples. Having followed Jesus throughout his ministry proved their hearts were with the Lord, and it gave them the experience of hearing and seeing firsthand all the things He had said and done.

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21-26 "Therefore it is necessary that of the men who have accompanied us all the time that the Lord Jesus went in and out among us- 22 beginning with the baptism of John until the day that He was taken up from us-one of these must become a witness with us of His resurrection." 23 So they put forward two men, Joseph called Barsabbas (who was also called Justus ), and Matthias. 24 And they prayed and said, "You, Lord, who know the hearts of all men, show which one of these two You have chosen 25 to occupy this ministry and apostleship from which Judas turned aside to go to his own place." 26 And they drew lots for them, and the lot fell to Matthias; and he was added to the eleven apostles.

 

Act 1,21-26

(18e) Sin >> False Judgment lacks evidence >> Presumptuous speculation

(55n) Paradox >> Lose by gaining >> Lose the truth to gain religion

(79c) Thy kingdom come >> Renewing your mind >> Compromising your convictions

(166m) Works of the devil >> Manifestations of the devil >> >> The carnal mind cannot discern between good and evil >> The carnal mind assumes the will of God

(175l) Works of the devil >> The religion of witchcraft >> Ignorance >> Lack of knowledge

(176d) Works of the devil >> The religion of witchcraft >> Zeal without knowledge (Spirit w/o the word) >> Conviction without commandment – We should expect Simon Peter to be behind this harebrained idea to draw lots to replace Judas Iscariot. So, did Matthias really become the twelfth apostle just because they drew lots… of course not! Some actually believe God used the lot to decide on Matthias to be the twelfth apostle; who then was Paul, the man who wrote the vast majority of the epistles of the New Testament? Was he the thirteenth apostle, an outsider? Paul was just the leader of the entire early church, that’s all! The apostle Paul was extremely zealous for the Lord, even more so than Peter, yet Paul was also insightful. Peter got ahead of God as he often did and sought to replace Judas right away by his own authority. God’s attitude was that they could draw lots all day to see who would fill Judas’s place, but God had already picked a man before the foundation of the world, a man whom Peter would have never included as a contestant, a blasphemer and persecutor of the Church. God didn’t mind if Matthias temporarily stepped in as a placeholder until God was ready to fill the open position. Peter would often take it upon himself to enact an idea and hope God was willing to bless it, such as during Jesus transfiguration, he didn’t know how to respond, so he offered to build three tabernacles, one for each person, instead of waiting to see what God would do. What was His answer? “This is My beloved Son, listen to Him!” Peter liked his own ideas, but zeal without insight equals a blowhard. Fortunately, he matured beyond most of these compulsive tendencies later in life as he learned to follow the direction of the Holy Spirit and obeyed God’s will, as opposed to drawing straws.

(178a) Works of the devil >> The religion of witchcraft >> Presumption (Hinduism) >> Presuming the will of God >> Presumption fills in the blanks

(201k) Denying Christ >> Man chooses his own destiny apart from God >> Running from God >> Man’s will over God >> Man is unwilling to acknowledge God

Act 1-22

(144c) Witness >> Validity of Jesus Christ >> Witnesses of Jesus >> The Church Bears Witness of Jesus >> Having fellowship with Him

Act 1,24-26

(241b) Kingdom of God >> Opposition toward the Kingdom of God >> Hindering the kingdom >> Obstacles in the way of the kingdom >> Ask but don’t receive >> Asking for something that is not in His will -- These verses go with verses 6&7. Matthias supposedly filled the office of Judas Iscariot after they drew lots between two men to see who would replace him, two men who probably followed Jesus throughout His ministry. They were possibly two of the seventy, but they were not classed among the twelve. So what we have is a contrast between eleven disciples whom Jesus handpicked, and Matthias who won his status by lot; and note that they drew lots prior to Pentecost, before they were anointed of the Holy Spirit. One came later, who was God’s choice replacement, Saul of Tarsus. Paul became a great apostle; he won more people to the Lord, and he contributed more to the cannon of Scripture than the original eleven. Paul revolutionized our understanding of the gospel, emphasizing grace over works because of his past as a Pharisee, who notoriously focused on a works-based religion. He had a superior knowledge of the Old Testament and had an overwhelming zeal even before he was converted; afterward his commitment to Christ multiplied, continually devoting himself to the word of God and prayer. He was a zealot among zealots, only instead of being zealous for foolish doctrines and religions of men, he became zealous for the truth as the Spirit revealed it to him.

 

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Scripture quotations taken from the New American Standard Bible ® (NASB), Copyright © 1960, 1962, 1963, 1968, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1975, 1977, 1995 by The Lockman Foundation Used by permission. www.Lockman.org

 

ACTS CHAPTER 2

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1&2 When the day of Pentecost had come, they were all together in one place. 2 And suddenly there came from heaven a noise like a violent rushing wind, and it filled the whole house where they were sitting.

 

Act 2,1-21

(132j) Temple >> Your body is the temple of God >> Holy Spirit is in God’s people >> Filled with the Spirit >> Drink in the Spirit

Act 2,1-18

(147f) Witness >> Validity of Jesus Christ >> Jesus’ works bear witness of Himself >> Divine works of God >> Spiritual manifestations -- These verses go with verse 43. The anointing is meant to primarily manifest good works, described in Galatians chapter five in Paul’s dissertation on the fruits of the Spirit. So we have three in one: we have the indwelling Holy Spirit reserving us for the purpose of eternal redemption; we have the anointing, which is a manifestation of the indwelling Holy Spirit, and we have good works, which is the primary manifestation of the anointing. These three save the body, soul and spirit: good works for the body, the anointing for the soul and the indwelling Holy Spirit a pledge of our eternal inheritance. The anointing is the voice of the Holy Spirit that reveals what He is saying and doing in our inner man. The fact that the evangelicals don’t get it doesn’t mean that the Pentecostals have a proper understanding of their own doctrines, for they too have their doctrines of the Holy Spirit all discombobulated, so it is questionable if anyone can glean any truth from the them, but at least they have placed their emphasis on the Holy Spirit, which is more than what most Christian denominations have done. The Holy Spirit is the true minister in the age of grace, who saves us, not just as God’s seal of eternal redemption, but effects the promises of salvation in this life!

Act 2,1-13

(80a) Thy kingdom come >> Know the word as a sword in spiritual warfare >> To oppose religion – These words were adopted by the Pentecostal denomination, a movement that received its identity many years ago by revelation, primarily from the first few chapters of the Book of Acts. They didn’t particularly interpret anything, but simply realized the meaning and value of what is being said here. Considered lost knowledge, this was something the Pentecostals understood from the days of the early church. The Lutherans experienced something similar through Martin Luther, who brought back to light the grace of God’s forgiveness through faith in the cross. Without this knowledge we would still be in the dark ages, but breaking through the long night of spiritual ignorance brought about the Protestant Reformation and the breaking away from the Catholic Church. All these so-called “revelations” are clearly stated in the Bible for all to read, yet historically we often can’t see them until someone points them out to us. There is other lost knowledge that the Church has yet to rediscover that the early church had firmly grasped, but over the decades after Paul’s demise and the other apostles, the truth, particularly in regard to our connection with the Holy Spirit, has eroded and eventually has slipped away, allowing false teachings and doctrines to creep in to fill the void. The Lutherans are not perfect; they have their foibles, just like the Pentecostals have their foibles, but the whole Protestant Church owes them a debt of gratitude for helping us see the light of Scripture. There are religions out there, like the Evangelicals, who have clung onto Martin Luther’s revelation of grace through faith, while stiff-arming the Pentecostal’s revelation of the Holy Spirit, believing in the indwelling Holy Spirit, which they rightly say is the definition of salvation, but rejecting most spiritual manifestations. Essentially, the Evangelicals don’t believe in the first few chapters of the Book of Acts; they believe it happened to them well enough, but was not intended for us. In other words they are dispensationalists; they believe certain spiritual abilities occur within specific ages, and when those ages pass, so do the abilities. Thus they explain away the reason we don’t see the great power of God working in our own time, excusing them from looking inwardly for the reasons for God’s absence in power. They don’t believe in this thing that the Book of Acts is elucidating, called the anointing.

Act 2,1-8

(106c) Thy kingdom come >> Faith >> Hearing from God >> Attaining the hearing ear >> Knowing the sound of His voice >> Flowing with the wind of His voice – Jesus said something similar to Nicodemus about being born-again, “The wind blows where it wishes and you hear the sound of it, but do not know where it comes from and where it is going; so is everyone who is born of the Spirit.” In Acts chapter two we see a violent, rushing wind, but the connotation behind Jn 3-8 suggested a gentle breeze. The Holy Spirit is a gentle person, but He also has a very passionate side that often blows into a squall in our hearts. His introduction of the spiritual Kingdom of God to His disciples and the first converts was to make a point by blowing extra-hard. This literal wind was a one-time event, because we never hear of a literal wind again in Scripture, but that doesn’t mean that a literal wind will not one day return to the Church, such as in the last days Great Endtime Revival.  

(140c) Temple >> Temple made without hands >> Hiding place >> House where you live with Jesus

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Act 2,1-5

(230d) Kingdom of God >> God’s kingdom is a living organism >> Partaking >> Partaking of the power of God >> Partaking of the ministry of the Holy Spirit -- These verses go with verses 37-39

Act 2,1-4

(35g) Gift of God >> God gives Himself to us >> Jesus sends the Holy Spirit -- These verses go with verse 33

(132g) Temple >> Your body is the temple of God >> Holy Spirit is in God’s people >> Filled with the Spirit >> Filled with the power of God -- These verses go with verses 12-18. Pentecost is when God sent His Holy Spirit, but that was in reference to the anointing. Baptism doesn’t represent the indwelling Holy Spirit; baptism represents the anointing, which is something people refuse to even discuss let alone accept and receive. Most people don’t know the first thing about it, and for this reason they are afraid of it, but when genuine revival comes led by God Himself, the first thing He will do is restore the anointing, which is the mind of the Spirit, attaching Himself to our own intellect, that we can know the thoughts of God, giving us the spiritual strength and motivation to do His will. It says they were filled with the Spirit and began to speak with other tongues as the Spirit was giving them utterance. This is a description of the anointing. What does being filled with the Spirit actually mean? It is our souls that are being filled, that is, our minds are being filled with the thoughts of God. The main purpose of the anointing is to reveal the mind of Christ for the purpose of producing the works that God has prepared for us.

Act 2,1-3

(113a) Thy kingdom come >> Faith >> The anointing >> Heaven’s clothes >> Protection >> Covering The indwelling Holy Spirit is not the same as the anointing; rather, the anointing rests upon the believer as a covering for the purpose of manifesting the Kingdom of God. The disciples had already received the indwelling Holy Spirit when Jesus breathed on them (Jn 20-22), making a distinction between that and the anointing of Pentecost, which is what really changed their lives. A person can be born again and remarkably his life doesn’t change that much if at all, but when God superimposes His anointing over the indwelling Holy Spirit, look out because sparks are going to fly. The indwelling Holy Spirit is like being inoculated from polio or some other horrible disease; you get the shot and nothing really changes; you go home the same person. The indwelling Holy Spirit inoculates us from hell, and is God’s pledge to the believer of eternal life and our destiny as citizens of heaven. Yet, ironically the indwelling Holy Spirit doesn’t do a lot to change a person; rather, the anointing has the greater impact on a person’s life. Unfortunately, however, the anointing is heatedly persecuted in the Church, which alone defines the apostasy of our day. There are many denominations that have doctrines setup to resist the anointing. This denotes the level of threat the anointing has on so-called believers, which begs the question whether they even have the Holy Spirit dwelling in them. Those who resist the anointing make themselves appear that they are false brethren, for God has afforded us the promise of His Spirit, not as an option, but as a commandment, not as a requirement of salvation, but as the second step in obedience, which if they reject it becomes the first step in a long history of disobedience that could lead to the complete deterioration of their faith. Having the Holy Spirit dwelling in us can help us discern what is from God and what isn’t, so if they are genuine Christians and resist the Holy Spirit, they are rejecting it in full knowledge, which is the ultimate insult to God. The indwelling Holy Spirit beckons us to the anointing and longs for us to be clothed with His power. 

Act 2-1,2

(110i) Thy kingdom come >> Faith >> Spirit and the word >> Born of the Spirit by the truth >> Sound of the wind is the words of Jesus

(215f) Suddenly (Key verse)

(215i) Sovereignty >> God controls time >> Suddenly >> The Kingdom of Heaven appears suddenly >> Without warning >> God brings His kingdom to pass in its time

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3-11 And there appeared to them tongues as of fire distributing themselves, and they rested on each one of them. 4 And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit was giving them utterance. 5 Now there were Jews living in Jerusalem, devout men from every nation under heaven. 6 And when this sound occurred, the crowd came together, and were bewildered because each one of them was hearing them speak in his own language. 7 They were amazed and astonished, saying, "Why, are not all these who are speaking Galileans? 8 "And how is it that we each hear them in our own language to which we were born? 9 "Parthians and Medes and Elamites, and residents of Mesopotamia, Judea and Cappadocia, Pontus and Asia, 10 Phrygia and Pamphylia, Egypt and the districts of Libya around Cyrene, and visitors from Rome, both Jews and proselytes, 11 Cretans and Arabs -we hear them in our own tongues speaking of the mighty deeds of God."

 

Act 2,3-36

(110d) Thy kingdom come >> Faith >> Spirit and the word >> Spirit speaks through His ministry in us

Act 2,3-22

(149h) Witness >> Validity of Jesus Christ >> Works of the Church bear witness to Jesus >> Evangelism >> Authority of the rhema given to evangelism >> Preaching the gospel by the power of God

Act 2-3,4

(95c) Thy kingdom come >> Positive attitude >> Speaking in tongues >> Tongues are a spiritual gift -- These verses go with verses 6-11. It said that there were tongues as of fire, distributing themselves. 1Cor 12-11 says, “One and the same Spirit works all these things, distributing to each one individually just as He wills.” God deals with us on a personal level, these gifts and tongues prove it, being custom-made, gifting each person in different ways according to the uniqueness of the individual for the purpose of filling the needs of the body for the sake of unity. God is not like people who like to mass-produce things, making carbon copies of the same product. Instead, God tailor-makes the anointing for each person, and it says that it rested on each one of them (not in them). The spirit of our salvation dwells in us, while the spirit of anointing rests on us for the purpose of manifesting the Kingdom of God by performing the good works that God has prepared for us, including the fruit of the spirit along with signs, wonders and miracle as the Lord would direct each person.

(104d) Thy kingdom come >> Purifying process >> Purified by fire >> Purified through the fiery anointing

Act 2-4

(217c) Sovereignty >> God overrides the will of man >> God’s will over man >> God Is Independent Of His Creation >> No one can walk in His glory without His consent – Prior to Pentecost the disciples waited in the upper room for the promise of the Spirit. They had no idea what to expect, but forty days later the Holy Spirit came as a mighty rushing wind and rested upon certain individuals of faith who knew and loved the truth, and God anointed their truth and love that dwelled in them, as the only time this ever happened. In other cases the laying on of hands transferred the anointing to those who believed, and people still lay hands on others to convey the anointing, though the Bible teaches the anointing in a different way. Those who want to believe in the anointing in terms of transaction from one person to another through the laying on of hands is missing a critical piece: it is an outward manifestation of an inward work. It actually starts on the inside and works it way to the material realm to become apparent to all. Before that, God was working inside the person without anyone else knowing about it. The best passage that explains this is Mat 13-33, “The kingdom of heaven is like leaven, which a woman took and hid in three pecks of flour until it was all leavened.” Pentecost started the work of the anointing, not to be confused with the indwelling Holy Spirit; Pentecost pertained to the external ministry of the Spirit that is most needed in evangelism. The anointing increases in time through knowledge and faithfulness as students of his word and disciples of prayer. The inner working of Christ slowly percolates from our inmost being into the light of day, where all men can see the light that is emanating within us.

Act 2-5

(49a) Judgment >> Nations are destroyed >> Israel judged as an example for us – Miscegenation is a word meaning: to marry outside your nationality, which was a sin to Israel, but they did a lot of it as this verse implies. The Jews had already dispersed throughout all the nations of the world even at the time of Christ, even though God said to Israel He wanted them to remain a nation distinct from all other nations and not to intermarry with the gentiles, yet they did. King Solomon, supposedly the man with all the wisdom, chose his first wife from the Egyptians as an obvious breach from God’s commandment, and it had an ill-effect exactly as God warned him; his foreign wives turned his heart away from the Lord, and in his later years he worshipped other gods. Israel had trouble throughout its lengthy past obeying God, and the Church isn't doing any better. 

Act 2,6-18

(111b) Thy kingdom come >> Faith >> Spirit and the word >> Spirit and evangelism -- These verses go with verses 37&38. In the Church today we hear people speaking in tongues, which the Bible says they shouldn’t be doing without an interpreter, but this day they were speaking in tongues in other people’s languages that they could understand, even though they had never studied those languages. This was a miraculous sign, and it got people’s attention, having the effect of many people being saved. Take out the miracle and Peter’s sermon would have fallen of deaf ears; subtract Peter’s sermon and the miracle would have faded into obscurity without anyone being enlightened or benefited. However, put them together and we get an influx of three thousand souls being added to the Kingdom of Heaven. This is an example of Peter working the grace of God through the Spirit and the word. Note the difference in Peter before and after the Holy Spirit had been imparted. Before, he was drawing straws to see who would fill the place of the apostle Paul; after, he won three thousand souls to Christ! Does the Holy Spirit make a difference? You be the judge!

Act 2,6-11

(95c) Thy kingdom come >> Positive attitude >> Speaking in tongues >> Tongues are a spiritual gift -- These verses go with verses 3&4. Paul teaches in Romans chapter eight that speaking in tongues is genuinely from the Lord, whether we are speaking to men or to God, but that we must be careful how we use this gift. When we speak in tongues in a way that no one can understand, it is considered our prayer language, and should be correspondingly used in our prayer closet, spoken only to ourselves and to God, as opposed to using this gift in church; otherwise an interpreter should be present to give the interpretation (see: 1Cor 14,1-40). So, the interpreter of tongues is acting as someone who prophesies, and there is a difference between someone who prophesies and a prophet. On the one hand, the one who prophesies speaks the oracle of God, though it is usually a message we have already heard, and in that sense it doubles as an exhortation. On the other hand, a prophet brings a message that the Church has never heard until the prophet speaks it into existence through the Spirit of God. A genuine prophet is someone who is capable of leading the Church into a new and unique direction.

Act 2-11

(93h) Thy kingdom come >> Following Jesus >> Through the leadership of men

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12-15 And they all continued in amazement and great perplexity, saying to one another, "What does this mean ?" 13 But others were mocking and saying, "They are full of sweet wine." 14 But Peter, taking his stand with the eleven, raised his voice and declared to them: "Men of Judea and all you who live in Jerusalem, let this be known to you and give heed to my words. 15 "For these men are not drunk, as you suppose, for it is only the third hour of the day; 

 

Act 2,12-18

(132g) Temple >> Your body is the temple of God >> Holy Spirit is in God’s people >> Filled with the Spirit >> Filled with the power of God -- These verses go with verses 1-4. God intends to pour out His Spirit in the last days just like He did in the early church, and just like in the early church, “the daughters will prophesy, and the young men will see visions and old men will dream dreams.” A great outpouring happened during the early church, and so it will happen again in the last days, but the many centuries in-between resembles a spiritual wasteland, a 2000-year wilderness experience for the Church, who were so blind as to not know they were wandering in the desert areas of their own making, a time when few were being saved. Essentially, the Catholic Church took over Christianity and plunged man into the dark ages. In the last days God has scheduled a Great Endtime Revival. Joel was referring to those two eras: the early church and the last days, and virtually nothing about the near 2000-year period separating the two. There were a few bright spots that occurred; now and then a little flame would arise and bless the world; people would suddenly grasp the gospel and get a little revival going and then mutate into yet another denomination.

Act 2,12-15

(177j) Works of the devil >> The religion of witchcraft >> Presumption (Hinduism) >> Misunderstanding the circumstances

Act 2-12,13

(20b) Sin >> Nature of sin >> Unbelief >> Unwilling to acknowledge the facts

(243c) Kingdom of God >> Opposition toward the Kingdom of God >> Persecuting the kingdom >> Mocking the Church – This manifestation that God placed on them made them appear as though intoxicated, drunk on the Holy Spirit, yet we need to remember that this explanation originated from mockers who were irreverently saying this about them. Those making such accusations didn’t actually believe they were drunk, but made the suggestion anyway, hoping to fool the majority in attendance to give a secular interpretation to the events. They were attempting to avoid accountability with the implications of hearing the oracle of God in their own tongue, miraculously spoken by God’s people who knew nothing of their language. In stark contrast, there was a period in recent church history, starting in the late 90’s, when people interpreted verses like this as literal, and a laughter doctrine swept the nation, originating in Toronto Canada. No one in their right mind would get saved in a church that collectively broke into laughter like a bunch of idiots. 

Act 2-14,15

(129a) Thy kingdom come >> Manifestations of faith >> Bearing fruit >> Evidence of your fruit >> The type of fruit indicates who you are serving – This verse was often quoted in the late 1990s while a rather large percentage of Christians entertained the laughter movement that infiltrated the Church lasting years, where people laughed hysterically at nothing and attributed it to the Holy Spirit, and they based the movement primarily on this verse. Basically what was happening during this movement was that people were speaking in tongues, nearly everyone in the congregation all at once, thinking they were fulfilling this verse, but what they failed to recognize was that in biblical time the tongues they spoke were actually foreign languages that people understood who used those languages, whereas the tongues the Church spoke in the 90s was just gibberish. Paul previously condemned misconduct of publicly speaking in tongues during church services without an interpreter, emphasizing that edification should be the goal of all we do, and if there is no interpretation, then the people should keep silent in the church. This doesn’t mean that the entire church can speak in tongues so long as there is an interpreter, but that there should be a one to one correspondence between one who speaks in tongues and one who interprets. These were the instructions that Paul gave to ensure order in the Church and they chose to ignore them, indicating they were walking in rebellion against God. For sure a spirit was involved in this laughter movement, but it was not the Holy Spirit. God was not in any of it, evidenced that instead of adding a layer of wisdom and revelation knowledge to the Church, it added another layer of deception. The laughter movement has become a stain on Church history. They thought they felt the Holy Spirit, since they gave up listening for His voice, so they lowered themselves to feeling for Him. It is not that God is unwilling to speak to people these days; it is that people are so disobedient and distant from God that they can’t hear His voice. They don’t even know what God might say to them, so they listen for a different kind of message that appeals to their flesh, and when they hear it, they attribute it to God, which led them to a dead end, and they withdrew from a genuine search for God and quit trusting in the Holy Spirit.

Act 2-14

(123a) Thy kingdom come >> Manifestations of faith >> Boldness to speak the word by the Spirit

(198e) Denying Christ >> Man exercises his will against God >> Ordained by man >> Men place themselves in positions of authority >> Men raising up men – The fact that Scripture spoke of twelve apostles indicates that God recognized Matthias as the twelfth apostle, probably for the sake of the eleven but not for His own sake. If Scripture recognized Matthias as one of the twelve, then so should we. However, man does what he wants and so does God, who had his eye on Paul, intending to make him the twelfth apostle, but since man (Peter) could not wait for God but took it upon himself to elect somebody to fill the place of Judas Iscariot, God skirted around human amendments and made Paul the greatest apostle of them all apart from the twelve. We should consider him the thirteenth apostle. His view of the gospel was significantly different from the way Jesus taught his disciples; he separated faith from works to show the relevance of faith, Eph 2-8,9 being the thesis of his writings. Jesus spoke in great detail about obedience, but when we take into consideration what Paul said, we understand that obedience acts as proof of our faith, and proof of faith does not save us, but faith. The apostles could not help but agree that this is what Jesus was saying all along, so returning to passages like Matthew chapter 25 where Jesus taught that we enter into His glory because we clothed the naked, fed the hungry, visited prisoners, etc., we see that these works of righteousness did not effect our salvation but acted as proof that our faith was real.

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16-21 but this is what was spoken of through the prophet Joel: 17 'AND IT SHALL BE IN THE LAST DAYS,' God says, 'THAT I WILL POUR FORTH OF MY SPIRIT ON ALL MANKIND; AND YOUR SONS AND YOUR DAUGHTERS SHALL PROPHESY, AND YOUR YOUNG MEN SHALL SEE VISIONS, AND YOUR OLD MEN SHALL DREAM DREAMS; 18 EVEN ON MY BONDSLAVES, BOTH MEN AND WOMEN, I WILL IN THOSE DAYS POUR FORTH OF MY SPIRIT And they shall prophesy. 19 'AND I WILL GRANT WONDERS IN THE SKY ABOVE AND SIGNS ON THE EARTH BELOW, BLOOD, AND FIRE, AND VAPOR OF SMOKE. 20 'THE SUN WILL BE TURNED INTO DARKNESS AND THE MOON INTO BLOOD, BEFORE THE GREAT AND GLORIOUS DAY OF THE LORD SHALL COME. 21 'AND IT SHALL BE THAT EVERYONE WHO CALLS ON THE NAME OF THE LORD WILL BE SAVED.'

 

Act 2,16-21

(50b) Judgment >> God judges the world >> The second coming of Christ – This passage that Peter quoted implies that the last days will have similarities to the early church, if one passage of prophetic Scripture can describe both ears. This has interesting correlations with the words of the two angels standing by Jesus at His ascension, telling the disciples that He will return in exactly the same manner that He left, only in reverse order, pertaining to the Great Endtime Revival, suggesting that what happened first in the early church will be the last thing to happen in endtimes. The first thing that happened was Jesus ascended into heaven and the last thing was a great persecution, which drove the Jews from Jerusalem into all nations. So, the first thing to happen in the last days will be a great Jewish migration back to Israel, which is now happening, followed by persecution, and the last thing to happen is the bodily return of Jesus Christ back to the Mount of Olives. There will be a great revival among the Jews in Israel, who will come to the realization of Jesus Christ as their savior and Messiah, and they will lead the gentiles into a worldwide revival that will involve many millions of people, and this endtime revival will be accompanied by smoke and vapor, earthquakes and volcanoes, essentially the total fulfillment of Joel’s prophecy. The two witnesses with be there represented by the two angels at Jesus’ side at his ascension, and the 144,000 Jews. They will flee into the wilderness as an upper room experience, and many gentiles will be martyred and eventually ascend into heaven at the First Resurrection or the Rapture.

(80k) Thy kingdom come >> Know the word to minister to people >> To evangelize the world -- These verses go with verses 25-28

(142a) Witness >> Validity of Jesus Christ >> Old Testament bears witness to the new >> Prophecy about the dispensation >> The end times – Peter through the Spirit of God quoted the passage in the book of Joel regarding a time of revival and renewal, associated with “blood and fire and vapor of smoke. The sun will be turned into darkness and the moon into blood before the great and glorious day of the Lord shall come.” These things didn’t happen then; there was no earthquake or volcano. Rather, the description of the earth that Joel contributed is iconic to the last days, yet this Scripture passage was fulfilled at the beginning of the early church as Peter quoted these words. Someone might ask, ‘Who is wrong, then. Was it Peter for quoting this passage and using it up so it cannot be used in the last days, or are those wrong who believe these verses pertain to endtimes prophecy?’ Bible prophecy is not like breaking an egg into a skillet, frying it and eating it, and then it is expended. On the contrary, Bible prophecy can be fulfilled many times in multiple eras. The timelessness of last days prophecy is exemplified in that many predicted events have already occurred, illustrating that history repeats itself in different ways, extenuating from different circumstances and traversing over multiple eras, until the words of the prophets are fulfilled at their proper time. Many of the things that Joel wrote were fulfilled at Peter’s discourse, but there are other aspects of the prophecy that have yet to be fulfilled. For example, in Peter’s day, did the sun turn to darkness and the moon to blood? No, was there blood, fire and vapor of smoke? No, so a similar scenario will occur again in the last days. The advantage of Bible prophecy having multiple fulfillments is we get to see how it will come to pass based on partial glimpses in earlier days.

Act 2,17-22

(117ia) Thy kingdom come >> Faith >> Eyes of your spirit >> Having Dreams

Act 2-17,18

(152i) Witness >> Validity of the Father >> Witnesses of the father >> Prophets >> The Church holds the position of a prophet >> Church operates under a prophetic anointing >> Receiving a prophetic word from God

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22-24 "Men of Israel, listen to these words: Jesus the Nazarene, a man attested to you by God with miracles and wonders and signs which God performed through Him in your midst, just as you yourselves know - 23 this Man, delivered over by the predetermined plan and foreknowledge of God, you nailed to a cross by the hands of godless men and put Him to death. 24 "But God raised Him up again, putting an end to the agony of death, since it was impossible for Him to be held in its power.

 

Act 2,22-36

(38c) Judgment >> Jesus defeated death (Satan) >> Resurrection overcomes death – When we die, the angels of God will come and lead us faithfully into His heavenly kingdom, and there we will remain a disembodied spirit until the First Resurrection, and then God will give us new bodies. Being a disembodied spirit does not sound very attractive to most people, yet we need to remember that heaven is a spiritual place, which is incomprehensible to us now, and we should also take into consideration that when God created the universe, He created it from heaven (the New Jerusalem), the standpoint of a higher realm, and so we being disembodied in a spiritual heaven will not have the experience of being without a body, since bodies are not necessary there. In other words, spirits in heaven have just as much an embodiment as bodies. The only reason God intends to give us a body is that in eternity we will be living in realm different from heaven, a physical realm very similar to the current earth. God will give us a body that will be indestructible, for it will be superimposed over our soul that cannot be injured or die, and it will take on its shape, attributes and appearance.

Act 2-22

(146k) Witness >> Validity of Jesus Christ >> Jesus’ works bear witness of Himself >> Purpose of Miracles, Signs And Wonders >> Get peoples’ attention to hear the word – Jesus had become a very popular man. His miracle working was just as important as His ministry of evangelism. These two went hand-in-hand, and this is how God wants us to spread the gospel, though it didn’t often happen this way, except for a brief time in the early part of the first century. Paul performed great miracles, as did Peter and John. Jesus promised these things would accompany those whose life’s purpose was wholly devoted to Christ, but signs and wonders hardly came to fruition, because of man’s disobedience and unbelief. God’s miracles belong to Him, not us; and if He decided that our lives did not warrant miracles performed in His name, then no miracles would occur. We don’t see signs and wonders because our lives do not reflect the purity of Christ. To the degree that God is unwilling to perform signs and wonders through His people is the degree to which our gospel is tainted with false doctrine and ineffective. Jesus said in Jn 14-12, “Truly, truly, I say to you, he who believes in Me, the works that I do, he will do also; and greater works than these he will do; because I go to the Father.” Jesus was only one man and His ministry was only 3½ years, while the Church is millions of members strong and has had 2000 years to produce fruit, yet Jesus performed more miracles than the Church. God will not endorse our gospel version that does not agree with the Truth. False doctrine and false living go hand-in-hand, and they correspond with a lack of commitment to righteousness, holiness and truth, and that is why we don’t see signs and wonders.

(253j) Trinity >> Relationship between Father and Son >> Jesus is subject to the Father >> Jesus is under the authority of the Father – There are those who believe Jesus performed His miracle by His own authority, but this is simply not true. Peter attested that the Father was working through the Son to perform the miracles. A very important thing to understand about Jesus is that He was under subjection to His Father and was walking by the Spirit just as God requires of us. Christ was essentially the first Christian, and this becomes clear when we look at some of the things He said in the gospel of John, namely John 14-10,11 “Do you not believe that I am in the Father, and the Father in Me? The words that I speak to you I do not speak on My own authority; but the Father who dwells in Me does the works. Believe Me that I am in the Father and the Father in Me, or else believe Me for the sake of the works themselves."

Act 2,23-36

(149a) Witness >> Validity of Jesus Christ >> Works of the Church bear witness to Jesus >> Evangelism >> Three key messages in evangelism >> The resurrection – This quote was taken from a Psalm of David about Jesus, yet it could just as well be speaking about David himself, for it will eventually have its application to David and to all those who love God, whose entrance into the eternal kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ will be abundantly supplied to them (2Pet 1-11). We will all receive resurrected bodies one day, and we will all be delivered from hell, who are born of Him. When David died, he went to a place called “Abraham’s bosom,” which was Jesus’ description of paradise (Lk 16-22). It is a place where everybody goes who had the faith of Abraham. Note that Jesus did not describe this place as the bosom of Moses, because then people would think they had to obey the law in order to get to heaven. Instead, it suggests we must obey the Holy Spirit as Abraham did. Abraham was actually a new covenant believer in a pre-old covenant world, for the new covenant is about obeying the Holy Spirit, not the law. Then Paul said in Eph 4-8, quoting the Old Testament again “When he ascended on high, he led captive a host of captives, and he gave gifts to men.” Also, Jesus said in Jn 10-16, “I have other sheep, which are not of this fold; I must bring them also, and they will hear My voice; and they will become one flock with one shepherd.” He brought His people together, the Old Testament fold with the New Testament fold, and He made them one flock with one shepherd. Now, everyone in the new covenant era who dies in faith goes directly to heaven, bypassing Abraham’s bosom.

Act 2-23,24

(220c) Sovereignty >> God overrides the will of man >> Predestination >> Predestined according to His foreknowledge – The predetermined plan and foreknowledge of God suggests that God tricked the world into crucifying His Son. How was it not a trick if Israel crucified their own Messiah without knowing it was God’s plan all along? He not only tricked mankind into crucifying Jesus, but He also tricked the devil, who was behind the whole thing, for it was from Satan that He took the keys of death and hell. Satan incurred the greatest damage and retribution from the spiritual war that took place at the cross. Man was caught in the middle of it through the work of his own hands, but it wasn’t man whom the cross destroyed, but Satan, who should have known better, and in so doing God has perfected forgiveness and salvation through the man they murdered, when God raised Him from the dead.

(247g) Priorities >> God’s priorities >> God’s interests >> God is interested in the cross

Act 2-23

(241i) Kingdom of God >> Opposition toward the Kingdom of God >> Persecuting the kingdom >> Persecution to the death >> Kill Jesus >> Kill Jesus by the predetermined plan of God >> The apostles taught about His death

Act 2-24

(64g) Paradox >> Anomalies >> Limits of God >> God cannot die

(243j) Kingdom of God >> The eternal kingdom >> The indestructible kingdom >> The head of the body is indestructible >> Jesus is indestructible

(254g) Trinity >> Holy Spirit’s relationship between Father and Son >> Jesus is the life of the Spirit >> Jesus is the substance of God’s life >> Jesus conquered death because He is life – It was impossible for Jesus to be held in the power of death, alluding to His resurrection. In the beginning, in the Garden of Eden, God said to Adam and Eve, “Do not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, for in the day that you eat of it you will surely die.” This was God’s only commandment to them, and to break it was sin, which became the cause of death in the world. The apostle Paul taught that there is now a law of sin that resides in our bodies that reads: if we live in a sinful body, we must sin, and if we sin, we must die. However, the Bible also teaches that although Jesus lived in a body like our own that was capable of sin, yet He was without sin, so that when He died, there was no exception clause written into the law of sin, but assumed everyone born into the world would be guilty before God. Therefore, when Jesus died on the cross, He broke the law of death that requires sin to be present. Jesus through His perfect soul breached the wall of sin and death that stands between man and God, so that anyone who believes in Jesus for eternal life can follow Him through the way that God has made in for us in Christ when He raised Him from the dead.

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25&26 "For David says of Him, 'I SAW THE LORD ALWAYS IN MY PRESENCE; FOR HE IS AT MY RIGHT HAND, SO THAT I WILL NOT BE SHAKEN. 26 'THEREFORE MY HEART WAS GLAD AND MY TONGUE EXULTED; MOREOVER MY FLESH ALSO WILL LIVE IN HOPE; 

 

Act 2,25-32

(37e) Judgment >> Jesus’ humanity >> He was part of the lineage of David – To understand the significance of David’s throne, we must return to David’s kingdom to discover what it was about it that is reminiscent of the future Kingdom of Messiah. It turns out that David’s throne was established as the very first kingdom that rose above Israel’s enemies in the land of Canaan, a land flowing with milk and honey that God promised Abraham. He used David as the fulfillment of the promise that he and his descendents should live there, as it is written, “Now the LORD said to Abram, ‘Go forth from your country, And from your relatives And from your father's house, to the land which I will show you’” (Genesis 12-1). David’s throne was marked with blood, being a very violent kingdom; many thousands of the inhabitants of Canaan died in war during his reign, such as the Hittites, the Jebusites, the Canaanites, the Philistines, etc. His was a kingdom of the type that Christ will inherit, for it too will be marked with blood in regard to the tribulation period, consisting of the Seals, the Trumpets and the Bowls of God’s mighty wrath, when many hundreds of millions of people will die in the process of Christ accessing His earthly throne, again as it is written, “From His mouth comes a sharp sword, so that with it He may strike down the nations, and He will rule them with a rod of iron; and He treads the wine press of the fierce wrath of God, the Almighty” (Rev 19-15). The Great Tribulation prophesied by Messiah is to included a parallel of David’s kingdom.

(102i) Thy kingdom come >> Faithfulness (Loyalty) >> Consistency >> Faithfulness – After David established His kingdom, he lived a while longer and ended up having internal problems with his family; later he died and his son Solomon reigned in his place. Solomon wrote some fascinating books that we love to read in the Bible: Proverbs, Song of Solomon, and Ecclesiastes. He became one of the wealthiest kingdoms on earth, but he made one big mistake, idolatry regarding his love of women and pleasure, suggesting that his wisdom was contained in words only and not in deeds. He was one of those ‘Do as I say and not as I do,’ kind of guys, which to call that wisdom, no writer in the New Testament does. James taught that the only good faith is a proven faith. Faith trumps wisdom in the age of grace, for wisdom does not guarantee faith, but a sincere faith does guarantee wisdom.

Act 2,25-28

(37f) Judgment >> Jesus’ humanity >> Jesus had human limitations – When Jesus lived in the flesh He was not omniscient; His Father was His teacher, who made known to Him the ways of life. Jesus was taught by the Holy Spirit to love and appreciate all that was good and right. He was born in a manger, the Holy Spirit incased in sinful flesh, giving Him the name Jesus, born an infant who knew nothing, and as He grew through His adolescence into an adulthood, throughout His life He was learning. Since He inherited the sinful nature from His mother, “He was tempted in all things as we are,” yet because His soul was the Holy Spirit, He was without sin (Heb 4-15). The Lamb of God said, “My flesh will live in hope,” but His flesh had no hope, except that it should be sacrificed, the flesh He inherited from Mary, who was just as much a sinner as the rest of us, regardless of what the Catholics say. Although Jesus never committed a sin, He still lived in sinful flesh (Rom 8-3), and that flesh was destined to die. When God raised Jesus from the dead, it was the same body, but it was no longer sinful flesh. His body was transformed, so it was sin in the Jesus’ body that had no hope. The body itself praised God in hope of the resurrection.

(80k) Thy kingdom come >> Know the word to minister to people >> To evangelize the world -- These verses go with verses 16-21

(141g) Witness >> Validity of Jesus Christ >> Old Testament bears witness to the new >> It bears witness to Jesus >> Prophesy about Jesus’ resurrection -- These verses go with verses 30&31. For the book of Acts to quote the Psalms is to affirm the Old Testament as the word of God. If a person were inclined to believe in the New Testament and consider the Old Testament a mere book of stories, he must answer why the New Testament quotes the Old and why it affirms these stories to be true. For example, many people consider the Psalms to be nothing more than good poetry, but the New Testament considers the Psalms to be a wealth of prophecy regarding the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.

(253k) Trinity >> Relationship between Father and Son >> Jesus is subject to the Father >> Jesus is subject to God’s ability – This verse is talking about Jesus’ relationship with His Father while He lived in the flesh. Note that the Father was always at Jesus right-hand, giving Him power to perform signs, wonders and miracles, but Jesus was at the Father’s left hand, indicative of His grace and mercy. Jesus has since been raised and ascended to heaven and is seated at the Father’s right-hand, who now has become the power of God, yet the Father is at Jesus left hand denoting grace and mercy that He bestows on us through His Son. The trinity can be difficult to understand in that the soul of Jesus was the Holy Spirit, yet the Holy Spirit was able to minister to Him. Incomprehensible as the Holy Spirit, the Father is equally incomprehensible, and so is the Son. We think we understand the Son because He became like us, but we need to remember when Jesus took on human flesh, He always was human; He came to make us like Him. God is human; He created us in His image, and throughout eternity we will learn what it is to be human.

Act 2-25

(104h) Thy kingdom come >> Pure in heart shall see God >> Shall see the Father >> God is in our presence -- This verse goes with verse 28

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27-36 BECAUSE YOU WILL NOT ABANDON MY SOUL TO HADES, NOR ALLOW YOUR HOLY ONE TO UNDERGO DECAY. 28 'YOU HAVE MADE KNOWN TO ME THE WAYS OF LIFE; YOU WILL MAKE ME FULL OF GLADNESS WITH YOUR PRESENCE.' 29 "Brethren, I may confidently say to you regarding the patriarch David that he both died and was buried, and his tomb is with us to this day. 30 "And so, because he was a prophet and knew that GOD HAD SWORN TO HIM WITH AN OATH TO SEAT one OF HIS DESCENDANTS ON HIS THRONE, 31 he looked ahead and spoke of the resurrection of the Christ, that HE WAS NEITHER ABANDONED TO HADES, NOR DID His flesh SUFFER DECAY. 32 "This Jesus God raised up again, to which we are all witnesses. 33 "Therefore having been exalted to the right hand of God, and having received from the Father the promise of the Holy Spirit, He has poured forth this which you both see and hear. 34 "For it was not David who ascended into heaven, but he himself says: 'THE LORD SAID TO MY LORD, "SIT AT MY RIGHT HAND, 35 UNTIL I MAKE YOUR ENEMIES A FOOTSTOOL FOR YOUR FEET."' 36 "Therefore let all the house of Israel know for certain that God has made Him both Lord and Christ -this Jesus whom you crucified."

 

Act 2-27

(136g) Temple >> Your spirit is the temple of God >> The body of Christ >> Jesus’ spiritual body

Act 2-28

(104h) Thy kingdom come >> Pure in heart shall see God >> Shall see the Father >> God is in our presence -- This verse goes with verse 25

Act 2-29

(122a) Thy kingdom come >> Manifestations of faith >> Confidence in God >> Confidence in the word of God

Act 2-30,31

(141g) Witness >> Validity of Jesus Christ >> Old Testament bears witness to the new >> It bears witness to Jesus >> Prophesy about Jesus’ resurrection -- These verses go with verses 34&35. King David was significant in two ways: (1) God promised to send Messiah through the lineage of David. He didn’t promise Messiah would sit on the throne of Solomon or Josiah or Hezekiah, but that He would sit on the throne of David. The second thing (2) that made David significant was that he was a prophet and prophesied that this very same Messiah would not suffer decay of His mortal flesh, but that God would raise Him from the dead. What David wrote was true, but how it came true would be God’s work in His time.

Act 2,33-36

(67a) Jesus Is At The Right Hand Of The Father (Key verse)

(67d) Authority >> Jesus at the right hand of the father >> He delegates authority – God will make His enemies a footstool for His feet, according to 1Cor 15,24-28, which says that death is the last enemy to be subjected to His authority. In eternity death will be centralized in hell. Nowhere else in God’s creation will death ravage His creation. Currently, Jesus is sitting at the right-hand of the power of God subjecting death to His rule and authority. Slowly and methodically with an eternal plan in mind when the nations reach their crescendo, and when their civilizations based on money collapse under their own weight, and when the antichrist, an opportunist, takes advantage of the circumstances and tries to erect His kingdom in the world, Jesus will come and throw him and the false prophet into hell, and then bind Satan for a thousand years, and after the Millennium He will let him out to prove to mankind once more that they cannot obey God while the devil is loose, temping them to unify against the throne of Christ. After this episode, He will throw Satan into hell, and then call the Great White Throne Judgment to order and judge every person who died outside of faith in God, and He will throw them all into hell. Then He will create a new heavens and a new earth in which righteousness dwells.

Act 2-33

(35g) Gift of God >> God gives Himself to us >> Jesus sends the Holy Spirit -- This verse goes with verses 38&39

(153c) Witness >> Validity of the Father >> Witnesses of the father >> Holy Spirit bears witness of the father

(205c) Salvation >> Salvation is based on God’s promises >> According to promise >> Promise of the Holy Spirit -- This verse goes with verses 38&39

Act 2-34,35

(137a) Temple >> Building the temple (with hands) >> Jesus is the foundation >> Jesus is head of the Church – Originally quoted from Psalm 110-1 Jesus used this verse in Lk 20,41-44, “Then He said to them, ‘How is it that they say the Christ is David’s son?’ For David himself says in the book of Psalms, ‘The Lord said to my Lord, ‘Sit at My right hand, until I make Your enemies a footstool for Your feet.’ Therefore David calls Him Lord, and how is He His son?" He made the point to dismay His enemies that the Messiah is not physically from the lineage of David; that is, He was not the son of His stepfather, Joseph. In making the point that Messiah was not the son of David inherently made the point that since He was removed from David in a physical sense, how much more removed from David was He in a spiritual sense? He confounded them when they gathered around Him and were getting a little too close, and they had the look in their eye that they would pounce on Him at any moment. His bigger point to the Pharisees was that the Messiah was not the son of David because He is God in human flesh. Now in the book of Acts the apostles were using this verse to unravel the mysteries of God and to assuage centuries of false doctrine, and as an evangelism tool they brought three thousand souls to the Kingdom of God.

(141g) Witness >> Validity of Jesus Christ >> Old Testament bears witness to the new >> It bears witness to Jesus >> Prophesy about Jesus’ resurrection -- These verses go with verses 25-28

(245j) Kingdom of God >> Spirit realm imposed on the natural realm >> Literal manifestations >> Manifestation of God’s righteous judgment >> Manifestation of God’s authority – Christ will make his enemies a footstool for his feet, which indicates that the location of hell is at the center of the new earth. God can do this however He wants; one theory is He could start with hell and form the earth around it, so that hell acts as the center of the universe and as Jesus footstool. Earth itself is God’s footstool, suggesting that He is sitting on his throne in the New Jerusalem that comes “down out of heaven” (Rev 3-12). Just like a chair is close to the footstool, so heaven is close to the earth. The most specific definition of heaven is the New Jerusalem, the eternal city of God, which is God’s home; it is where He lives. It says that it comes down out of heaven from God and it will rest upon the earth. Isaiah 66-24 says, “Then they will go forth and look on the corpses of the men who have transgressed against Me. For their worm will not die And their fire will not be quenched; And they will be an abhorrence to all mankind.” When we read the entire chapter of Isaiah 66, we see that this event is appended into an annual celebration that at the end of it God will allow His people to peer down a portal into hell sort-a-speak, where people will be able to see the suffering of hell and all the wicked people eternally dying.

Act 2-36

(66a) Authority >> Lordship of Christ >> He is Lord over all creation >> over life and death

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37 Now when they heard this, they were pierced to the heart, and said to Peter and the rest of the apostles, "Brethren, what shall we do?"

 

Act 2,37-47

(231a) Kingdom of God >> God’s kingdom is a living organism >> Mystery of godliness >> Solving the mystery of godliness >> The Church discloses the mystery of Christ

Act 2,37-41

(143i) Witness >> Validity of Jesus Christ >> Witnesses of Jesus >> Popularity >> Sought commendably >> Being sought for your relationship with God

(239d) Kingdom of God >> Pursuing the kingdom >> Pursuing the knowledge of the kingdom >> Teachers >> Teachable students >> The teachable submit to the word

Act 2,37-40

(149b) Witness >> Validity of Jesus Christ >> Works of the Church bear witness to Jesus >> Evangelism >> Three key messages in evangelism >> Repentance – “What should we do?” is the age-old question. Salvation is so simple a child can understand it, but to those who are wise in their own eyes, it is more elusive than Bigfoot. People want to know what to do, and is the reason how-to books are so popular. We can preach a long message, and people can be cut to the quick, but in the end all they really want to know is ‘What must I do to be saved?’ Is there a recipe for this? They asked and Peter answered, “Repent and be baptized...." Believing was assumed, since they asked the question. 

(193d) Die to self (Process of substitution) >> Turn from sin to God >> Repent >> Turn from your evil ways >> Turn from sin to God – When Peter commanded them to repent, they needed to repent of the greatest sin of all, and that is the sin of unbelief. Unbelief is what keeps people from heaven. They were asking Peter, ‘I believe in Jesus as my savior, so now what do I do to be saved?’ In other words they were asking him, ‘What do I do to activate (or effect) my salvation?’ Christianity doesn’t lend itself well to answering the question of what we must do, because Christianity is a matter of the heart, whereas what we must do is a question for the hands and feet, and there can often be a great chasm between these two. The people could have done what Peter told them and still not been saved. They could have stopped sinning, but that alone doesn’t have the power to save, and they could have been baptized, but that doesn’t have the power to save either. The people got saved, not because they did what Peter said, but because they believed the message that Peter preached to them, combining faith in Jesus with their works. God recognized their faith, which sanctified their actions, making their repentance and baptism acceptable to God. Some people actually believe in saying the sinner’s prayer, and others believe in being a good person, but the Bible commands us to believe in Jesus. Saying the sinners prayer does not offer anymore righteousness than speaking an incantation of witchcraft, and being a good person is no better than self-aggrandizing. The Holy Spirit marks the difference between man’s religious behavior and God’s imparted righteousness. Without Him, none of our little antics amount to anything in the eyes of the Lord. Without the indwelling Holy Spirit not even Mother Theresa was saved.

(207j) Salvation >> The salvation of God >> Salvation verses >> The generosity of God’s salvation >> Salvation is the gift of God Peter said after we repent and are baptized, we would receive the gift of the Holy Spirit, but did he mean we would receive the great rushing wind of the Holy Spirit as on the day of Pentecost or the personal indwelling Holy Spirit? The indwelling Holy Spirit works as a pledge and seal of our eternal inheritance, whereas the mighty rushing wind depicted a very powerful anointing that lit on each of them. God doesn’t necessarily perform miracles on us during baptism, but rejecting God’s purpose and not being baptized at all after we have claimed to believe does in fact send a negative message to God to the effect that we don’t believe in Him. Baptism is essentially the new covenant equivalent of circumcision, which was given to Abraham as a sign of his faith, so baptism is the same, acting as a sign of our faith in Jesus, as our promise to lead a repentant lifestyle and as a receipt of receiving the gift of the Holy Spirit. 

Act 2,37-39

(230d) Kingdom of God >> God’s kingdom is a living organism >> Partaking >> Partaking of the power of God >> Partaking of the ministry of the Holy Spirit -- These verses go with verses 1-5. The Pentecostals say that we receive the Holy Spirit during the baptism ceremony, directly after the worshiper rises from the water. Some jump around a while to convince those in attendance that the baptism “worked,” but this reception of the Holy Spirit that they mimic is not a depiction of the indwelling Holy Spirit that literally defines our salvation, but of an anointing that is irrelevant to God’s promise of eternal life. The title Christian literally translated means “anointed ones,” so if we are Christians then we are anointed, and if the Pentecostals receive an anointing right there at baptism, that’s great, but they should not confuse it with the indwelling Holy Spirit of their salvation. We are saved the moment we believe, which usually occurs prior to baptism, since faith is the reason we are being baptized in the first place. It is faith that God uses to save us, not baptism, for baptism is merely a sign of our faith. The most picturesque passage in the Bible regarding the anointing is found in Mat 13-33, “The Kingdom of Heaven is like yeast that a woman took and mixed into a large amount of flour until it worked all through the dough.” This parable depicts the anointing as a manifestation of the indwelling Holy Spirit that becomes such an influence in our lives that His indwelling presence becomes obvious to all, but this takes place slowly over a course of many years. Baptism symbolizes this process in that we rise from the water a new creation, but whether this takes place instantly right then and there is questionable.

(234b) Kingdom of God >> Pursuing the kingdom >> Seeking the glory of God >> Seeking the glory of His favor

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Act 2-37,38

(88j) Thy kingdom come >> Fear of God is the beginning of wisdom >> It causes repentance – This is the statement that every evangelist wants to hear, “What shall we do [to be saved]?” It is not easy to get that reaction anymore; Billy Graham had thousands of people come to the altar for salvation throughout his career, though about half were staff members working for the ministry, and many who came for salvation brought another person for support who was already saved, and others were coming a second and a third time seeking confidence in their salvation. Much fruit came from his ministry mostly during the 70’s when revival was happening. It could be that the hippy movement opened people’s minds to understand the gospel in a slightly different way than the generation before them. World War II veterans starting a family in the 50’s in neighborhoods with white picket fences had a church on every street corner, where nearly the whole town assembled to worship in the fear of God. Unfortunately, the hippy movement opened people’s minds to the possibility that God would accept us on our terms instead of His, which brought us to today’s world of mass public shootings and global problems that threaten the existence of civilization. The hippies rebelled against their parent’s religion and went seeking truth for themselves and found their own version of it in sex, drugs and rock-n-roll. They also dipped into the gospel and experimented with some of its ideas, causing the 70’s revival. Now, people’s minds are mostly closed, though some are being saved, but their numbers are few in America. There are other places where the gospel is flourishing, such as in the continent of Africa; Asia will probably be next to comprehend God’s grace.

(111b) Thy kingdom come >> Faith >> Spirit and the word >> Spirit and evangelism Peter preached the gospel on the day of Pentecost when three thousand souls were saved, and then later the apostles preached a sermon that led five thousand to salvation (Act 4,1-4). There was a tremendous ingathering of souls during the days of the early church, and the reason for it was a new understanding about God. The gospel of the kingdom was born and people clamored to the new idea, and it made good sense to many people, for their minds had been prepared by centuries of Old Testament teachings. The Old Testament was rich in the minds of early church believers; they could see Jesus on nearly every page. Throughout history whenever there was revival there was a revelation of the gospel; some insights were from God and some were not. However, there has been no new wisdom from God for many decades, hence no revival. Televangelists have corrupted the gospel with their many deceptions, loose living and greed, while the evangelical movement claims to be keepers of the truth, but all they have managed to keep was their tradition and their thumb on any potential for revival. Meanwhile the world has shut their minds to the gospel, not wanting to hear about Jesus in a religious sense. People have instead turned to greed, lust and pride; most believe in nothing else.

(120b) Thy kingdom come >> Manifestations of faith >> Forgiveness >> God forgives us when we become accountable to Him >> When we repent

(191b) Die to self (Process of substitution) >> Separation from the old man >> Baptism symbolizes death, burial and resurrection >> Baptism is a sign of obedience – This is where some Pentecostals get confused. Certain sects of the Pentecostal denomination say we must be baptized in the name of Jesus, while others say it must be in the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. The important thing is we are supposed to repent of our unbelief and be baptized under a proper understanding of baptism. It signifies the death, burial and resurrection of Christ, but it also signifies for us the process of dying to sin and being raised in newness of life. The dying to sin part is the concept of repentance, and receiving the gift of the Holy Spirit is the newness of life. Note then, the picture of baptism absolutely requires repentance to be a key constituent of our newfound faith. Peter nicely lays out the entire gospel for us in verse 38, even answering the ‘what we must do’ part. Paul gave the longer meaning and purpose of baptism in Romans chapters six and seven.

Act 2-37

(8h) Responsibility >> Preparing to interact with God >> Preparing for revival – Revival will come again in the last days, and it will come as the most profound revival of all time. It will make the days of the apostles seem like the dark ages. Instead of thousands of people coming to Christ, millions will be saved at a single event, and it will be the result of revelation knowledge. People will come to the realization of the truth throughout the world, and literally billions will be saved overall. At the head of this revival will be the Two Witnesses prophesied in Revelation chapter eleven, who will direct 144,000 Jews to lead a global revival of the gentiles. People have complained that nowhere in Scripture does it say these 144,000 Jews will be evangelists, but what does Zechariah 8-23 say, “Thus says the LORD of hosts, 'In those days ten men from all the nations will grasp the garment of a Jew, saying, "Let us go with you, for we have heard that God is with you.’” Many say there will be no endtime revival except after the Rapture when people suddenly realize they have been left behind. However, we can look in the Old Testament and find numerous passages about Jesus giving Himself a ransom for the sins of the world, yet almost nobody in Jesus’ day recognized the time of their visitation (Lk 19-44). Are we so arrogant to think that this could never happen to us? Are we so arrogant to think it impossible for a Great Endtime Revival to occur right under our noses and we not recognize it as an act of God? Many will be caught off guard, though a scenario very similar to this happened to the Jews quite possibly as a lesson for us?

(89k) Thy kingdom come >> God convicts us of sin >> Conviction makes us conscious of sin – Peter’s sermon focused on man’s sin that nailed Jesus to the cross. Some of the audience members of Peter's sermon were also present at the public execution of Christ. They were directly responsible for crucifying an innocent man, whom Peter was revealing as the Son of God, because they did nothing to stop it. They didn’t make a verbal statement of injustice but were silent, unless they shouted with the crowd, “crucify Him” (Mat 27-22). When Peter rebuked them for their ignorance and informed them of God’s eternal plan to save mankind through the death and resurrection of Christ, they realized that though they sinned, God was simultaneously making a way of salvation, forgiving their sin and giving them the hope of eternal life. So when they cried to Peter, “What shall we do?” they said it not from guilt and not just from conviction but also from hope. Guilt leads to condemnation, whereas conviction leads to repentance.

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38-43 Peter said to them, "Repent, and each of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins; and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. 39 "For the promise is for you and your children and for all who are far off, as many as the Lord our God will call to Himself." 40 And with many other words he solemnly testified and kept on exhorting them, saying, "Be saved from this perverse generation!" 41 So then, those who had received his word were baptized; and that day there were added about three thousand souls. 42 They were continually devoting themselves to the apostles' teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. 43 Everyone kept feeling a sense of awe; and many wonders and signs were taking place through the apostles. 

 

Act 2-38,39

(35g) Gift of God >> God gives Himself to us >> Jesus sends the Holy Spirit -- These verses go with verses 1-4

(205c) Salvation >> Salvation is based on God’s promises >> According to promise >> Promise of the Holy Spirit -- These verses go with verse 33

(208b) Salvation >> The salvation of God >> Salvation verses >> The kindness of God >> You and your household shall be saved – Salvation may not pertain to all who are willing, but to those whom God would call to Himself. He uses the word "children" as to households; “You and your household” shall be saved, as Paul said to the Jailer in Act 16-31. The Bible speaks first to the man of the house, and maintaining that milieu, when the man of the house gets saved, then generally the rest of his family will get saved too, for he is the leader of the house and his family is following him.

Act 2-39

(219b) Sovereignty >> God overrides the will of man >> The elect >> Man is a spectator of his own salvation >> Man is not in control of God’s calling – Paul used the word “chosen”; He has predestined us to be holy and blameless, suggesting that our will is involved in God’s gracious choice. There is not a single testimony of anybody coming to the Lord apart from his or her own will. Talk to anybody who fully believes in predestination, and they detail how they got saved based on a handful of choices they made. We might hear that they got on their knees and prayed to God for salvation, and they sought Him for years before that, and they waited for a time to mature that was set by the Father, a specific day and moment when they would finally make the decision to give their lives to God and avail themselves to Him as instruments of His righteous glory. It was an exercise of their will, and God had predestined them to do it through His foreknowledge. This defines the elect: working with God to fulfill His will.

Act 2-40

(148a) Witness >> Validity of Jesus Christ >> Works of the Church bear witness to Jesus >> Evangelism >> Solemnly testify about the grace of God

Act 2,41-47

(78e) Thy kingdom come >> Sincerity >> Taking God to heart >> Having pure motives and desires

(128ia) Thy kingdom come >> Manifestations of faith >> Bearing fruit >> Living a fruitful life >> Be fruitful and multiply >> Growing numerically

(147f) Witness >> Validity of Jesus Christ >> Jesus’ works bear witness of Himself >> Divine works of God >> Spiritual manifestations -- This verse goes with verses 1-18. Can we say any of these things exist in the Church today? Quite the opposite, the only thing that matters to the Church nowadays is money! Look at our materialistic world; we think we need our stuff because we don’t have Jesus. We don’t trust Him; we haven’t dedicated our lives as His property. We do not own ourselves, for we have been bought with a price. We are His property, and therefore He is responsible for us. The only thing we are responsible to do is maintain our relationship with Jesus, making sure everything is right between us and God and our fellow brothers and sisters in the Lord and between our neighbors in the world. We need to find that path that God has prepared for us from the foundation of the world, to walk on it and never wander from it. We have churches everywhere trying to understand God’s purpose for them, and most are content with following whatever methodology their denomination dictates, but there are other churches that long for God’s will. There aren’t many, but there are some, and every one of them are trying to be successful as Christian churches. The problem is, we have established certain parameters of obedience, and are unwilling to venture outside them to do His will, so we have limited ourselves and have asked God to bless us on our own terms, and God simply refuses to work with us on our terms. This is why we can’t get anywhere with God; it’s why He seems so far away. This is why the Churches are unsuccessful in creating a people that is anywhere similar to the early church depicted in the Book of Acts. Instead of having 2000 years to perfect the Church, we have had 2000 years to lose the knowledge that the early church possessed. We can read it for ourselves in the Bible if we want, but most don’t. People lack vision, commitment, dedication, wisdom and sincerity of heart. Basically, we are lacking in everything; we have nothing from the Lord; we are spiritually impoverished.

(234j) Kingdom of God >> Pursuing the kingdom >> Invest in the kingdom >> Sold out >> Relinquishing your assets to Christ >> Investing every asset into Christ – The early church walked with the God of the universe; that would motivate anyone, yet is this the reason they were so successful as a church and as a people, while we just can’t seem to find it in our own hearts to serve the Lord? No, in fact, this is not the reason. There have been rare awakenings in the past, but so many revivals have been based on emotional hype. People in the Church want little to do with the Holy Spirit. We are not it touch with Him these days; it takes huge commitment to see this kind of result from our faith that we read about the early church; we must give our entire lives to the Lord. People gave virtually everything they had to the apostles, who distributed the resources as people had need. Perhaps they gave everything they had because they were convinced Jesus was coming back for them in just a few short weeks or possibly months, so they wouldn’t need their worldly possessions anymore, but what is probably more likely is that they realized money and possessions had no value in light of God’s calling and purpose that they had begun to realize through the Holy Spirit. They could give everything away, because all they really needed was Jesus. Nothing else was relevant. If they didn’t have a plug nickel to buy their next meal, it didn’t matter, because they knew God would provide all their needs somehow. They knew their lives were in the hand of God so that He was responsible for them. The only thing they were responsible to do was to ensure they performed the will of God in their lives, which so often required very few worldly possessions. They knew that if they concerned themselves with placing God’s will at the center of their lives, God would provide their needs. This is what they understood that we don’t, and this is why they gave all their possessions to the Church.

(235ga) Kingdom of God >> Pursuing the kingdom >> Invest in the kingdom >> Giving (your inner self) >> Hospitality (providing a temporary home) >> Being a good guest

(250f) Priorities >> God’s prerequisites >> Sequence of priorities >> Natural then the spiritual (obedience then anointing)

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Act 2,41-43

(59d) Paradox >> Two implied meanings >> Kingdom of God is in your spirit / Kingdom of God is standing in front of you – It takes the Holy Spirit to understand Jesus. His disciples walked with Him for 3½ years in their flesh without the Holy Spirit and He made no sense to them, but then He went to heaven, from which He sent the Holy Spirit into His people and they suddenly understood Him apart from his physical presence better than they ever did when He stood right in front of them, even while He was performing His miracles. The apostles were holding onto a very powerful ministry of an anointing, and this is all they needed. They no longer cared if the physical Kingdom of God were to flash before them, for they now had the spiritual essence of His kingdom dwelling in them, which was far better than any physical aspect. To them the kingdom had already come, Jesus being the very embodiment of that kingdom, who was taken from the world and replaced with the spiritual essence of that kingdom. Ironically in Lk 17-20,21 the Pharisees asked Jesus, who was the very embodiment of the Kingdom of God, when the Kingdom of God would come, and there He was standing in front of them.

(109b) Thy kingdom come >> Faith >> Revelations of the Holy Spirit >> Revelation of the gift of God – There is no sense of awe in the Church anymore. Such a description of believers was never used until Jesus was crucified, but now that He had risen from the dead and ascended to the Father and has sent His Holy Spirit, His people now have a sense of awe. People suddenly understood the purpose and meaning of Christ and were having similar experiences as when Jesus walked the earth in the Spirit. Now that they understood the Lord, they must have longed for a day with Him, now that they had spiritual fellowship with Him through the Holy Spirit who was dwelling in them, giving them understanding, instead of being constantly mystified and confused about everything about Him. Some day we will have both the Holy Spirit dwelling in us and the physical presence and embodiment of God’s kingdom, Jesus Christ, standing in front of us, which no one has experienced to date. That will be a glorious day in heaven to have both the Holy Spirit and the presence of Christ.

(131n) Thy kingdom come >> Manifestations of faith >> Unity >> Power of God seen through unity – This is what needs to happen in the Church today. Lots of churches have potlucks, but this is not what’s happening here; this is not a potluck. They were breaking bread and fellowshipping with one another in the Spirit. They were essentially sharing with one another the Spirit of God who dwelt in them, not merely sharing their food. Bona fide Spiritual fellowship rarely happens anymore because people are not allowing the Holy Spirit to work in their lives. Judges 21-25 says, “In those days there was no king in Israel; everyone did what was right in his own eyes.” This is what is happening in the Church today, and as a result there is no unity, no hope for more than one person or one church at a time believing the same thing. This is a terrible shame that people will not allow God to work in their lives. They will share their food with one another, but they have nothing to share on a spiritual level, and this is why the Church is in a state of apostasy. People are not the least bit interested in developing a relationship with the Holy Spirit. They want a faith strong enough to get them to heaven, but that’s is as far as they want to go with God. They are basically winging their salvation with their eternal souls at the bottom of their list of priorities, and for many, even those who claim to believe in Jesus, their eternal souls don’t even make the list. We can’t go anywhere or find anyone who is excited about his faith. We are living in an age of spiritual darkness that virtually goes beyond words.

Act 2-41,42

(230b) Kingdom of God >> God’s kingdom is a living organism >> Partaking >> What we must do to partake of the kingdom >> Partaking which requires our participation

Act 2-43

(111h) Thy kingdom come >> Faith >> Spirit and the word >> Kingdom of God revealed >> Word plus signs and wonders

(133l) Temple >> Your body is the temple of God >> Holiness >> Having an awareness of God’s holiness >> The presence of God makes us aware of His holiness

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44-47 And all those who had believed were together and had all things in common; 45 and they began selling their property and possessions and were sharing them with all, as anyone might have need. 46 Day by day continuing with one mind in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, they were taking their meals together with gladness and sincerity of heart, 47 praising God and having favor with all the people. And the Lord was adding to their number day by day those who were being saved.

 

Act 2-44,45

(34l) Gift of God >> Be generous like your Father >> Give to your brother

(105j) Thy kingdom come >> Faith >> Led by the Spirit into the truth >> Led into the mind of Christ – What would happen if we gave away all our money and possessions to the Church? First of all, those who observed us in the world would immediately mark us as followers of a cult. Secondly, we would give away our money and possession and then life would continue, and the vision would fall apart and we would be on our own again, only we would be broke. That is how it would work for us if we tried to do what they did, so what happened to them? They gave away all their money and possessions, and then they were persecuted from their homes and from Jerusalem, and they all had to run for their lives, and they wouldn’t have had a chance to take anything with them, so God had them give it all away before it happened, so their possessions would be useful to each other instead of it falling in the hands of their persecutors and ultimately in the hands of the Romans who drove out all the Jews from their homeland in AD 70. It bought them a little more time to remain together in unity strengthening each other, so when they were dispersed, they were better prepared. Giving away all our stuff is a good idea just before persecution hits, but how do we know when persecution will come? God knows! The early church had a hearing ear, and for that reason they had prophets who told them about these things and what to do about it. God should orchestrate our lives, for it would prove that the truth we believe is pure, and we would be able to unite, and whatever decisions we made individually and corporately would be from the Lord. Crazy and ridiculous as we would appear to the world, it would ultimately result in giving glory to God and be in everybody’s best interest, but if we tried this on our own without developing the hearing ear, eventually our lives would quit making sense to us too, and we would find ourselves along the shoreline with a big hole in the hull of our ship where we hit a reef.

(117g) Thy kingdom come >> Faith >> Eyes of your spirit >> Vision >> Real-eyes God’s purpose for the Church >> Understand Jesus' vision of the Church – How the First Century Church lived took vision. The question is, were the apostles teaching the people that Jesus would return in their lifetime? The New Testament does not read this way, so the apostles didn’t teach it. The New Testament teaches that He could possibly return in anybody’s lifetime, but they did not teach anyone to bank on it. That would be tantamount to setting a date, and the apostles were not date-setters. Therefore, people were giving away all their possessions based on a divine vision that money and possessions meant nothing compared to faith and unity in the body of Christ. What would it take to have this kind of vision in the Church today? For one thing, it would take a refined truth, but the truth today is too muddy to support a genuine vision of God. Our doctrines would lead us astray when we tried to apply them, and we would suffer shipwreck in regard to our faith (1Tim 1-19). There needs to be a cleansing of truth; our doctrines need fixing. There are many things we believe that are true and many things we believe that are false. Much of what we believe about grace is true, but much of what revolves around the grace of God that we believe is false. For example, we have not been able to find a relevant place in our doctrines for obedience; we believe that we are saved by grace though faith, “not as a result of works, so that no one may boast” (Eph 2-9); what good, then, is obedience? This is what many people in the Church think in their hearts, and for this reason the Church is rebellious and wobbly in their walk with God.

(131h) Thy kingdom come >> Manifestations of faith >> Unity >> Interdependence >> Being selfless toward one another

Act 2-46,47

(129n) Thy kingdom come >> Manifestations of faith >> Unity >> Being in one accord >> Having one mind – How could a people be united if they didn’t even agree. Everyone thinking differently literally defies the meaning of unity, but who are we supposed to believe nowadays? Who has the truth and how do we determine that? The reason there is so much disunity in the Church today is there is no central leadership or final authority. There is central leadership and a final authority in the Catholic Church, but all it has proven is that it cannot guarantee the truth. There is no one in authority whom we can trust to tell us the truth; every church is teaching something different; there are so many denominations; how are we supposed to come into agreement with one another? The only way that will ever happen is if an authority figure comes to unite the Church. This is prophesied to happen on a global scale through the Two Witnesses and the 144,000 Jews, who will ignite a Great Endtime Revival in the last days.

(130a) Thy kingdom come >> Manifestations of faith >> Unity >> Being in one accord >> Communion

Act 2-46

(95g) Thy kingdom come >> Attitude >> Having a cooperative attitude >> An attitude that fosters unity – It really irks the devil when God’s people are joyful and united; he hates it when the saints are serving the Lord in obedience. The Church today makes what they did seem so hard that they cannot even pretend to be united. Unity occurs only after everything is properly in place, including a healthy fear of God, and it says they were all with one mind. Look at the Church today; people do not have one mind; everyone has their own version of what the Bible says, and none of them are particularly accurate to the Scriptures, which makes the problem ten times worse. It said they were breaking bread from house to house and taking their meals together with gladness and sincerity of heart. They spent their time together, and they didn’t squabble; there was a kindred spirit between them, one of love and joy. They were a happy family, just as God had always desired of them, as it will be in heaven. God doesn’t want us to wait for heaven before we unite; He wants us to live in unity now and to love the brethren and be of one mind. It was all new back then, and they simply took what the apostles told them as the gospel truth, and there were no second opinions. They knew the apostles heard from God, so whatever they said is what they believed, but today when the preacher delivers his sermon, if he speaks the truth at all, a day later most people don’t even remember what he said. There is such a lackadaisical attitude among the people of God; it is impossible to get them excited about their faith; everything is an uphill battle to achieve a remote semblance of the things the First Century Church enjoyed. We have the attitude that we obtained from our isolationist society. We go to church, and then we go home and forget about it, because there are other things that are more important, but in the first century the highest priority was to be with the people of God; nothing was more important than their faith in Jesus and fellowship with each other.

(125g) Thy kingdom come >> Manifestations of faith >> Joy >> Joy is the result of unity

Act 2-47

(1d) Responsibility >> Avoid offending God and people >> Maintain a good reputation

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