Before I get into this book, I would like to let you all know that I will be using different kinds of Bible but mainly KJV for this bible study. You can use any Bible version of your desire. I have many different bibles for references, better understanding, and better translation. There would be days when my brain isn't working right with KJV and I would turn to ESV, NKJV, or HCSB. To me, KJV may be one of the hardest version to read but I really love this version. Before you read this blog, please pray and ask God to give you and me wisdom. I will never be able to learn everything and will not know everything about the Bible. Only God knows everything and only through Him, we can acquire wisdom about the Living Word of God.
Here are some notes after reading Acts 1. Enjoy!
The first 3 verses spoke of how Jesus was ordered to choose the apostles through the Holy Spirit. He spoke of many proofs, and appearing to them during 40 days. During those 40 days, He spoke the wonderful things about the Kingdom of God.
Christ wanted the apostles to know that they will be baptized with the Holy Spirit soon and after they heard Him, they asked Him if He will restore the kingdom to Israel, Christ Himself told them that it was not for them to know or worry about. Their main focus was to receive the power of the Holy Spirit, have church grow by hearing the Gospel, and spread the Gospel throughout the world though the Holy Spirit.
Jesus was ascended into Heaven and as he was ascending, the apostles watched as He was taken away in a cloud, and still looking up. Then all of the sudden, the two men in white clothes asked them "....why do you stand gazing up into heaven?" (NKJV verse 11) Basically what they were saying, He'll come back in the same way the cloud took Him. Move on, preach the Gospel and bring Salvation to the world.
These men came together in unity of prayer. Peter, John, James, Andrew, Phillip, Thomas, Bartholomew, Matthew, James (Son of Alphaeus), Simon, and Judas. They were the 12 apostles that Christ have chosen before He ascended into Heaven. Number 12 means tribe, association, organization, or gathering of people. These 12 men are the "first church" before opening doors to many churches we have today. These men were the "pioneers" of the church. If it was not for these men, we probably wouldn't have churches as we do today.
Barsabas and Matthias were two men they prayed for after this man (unknown), have passed away (verse 18). Matthias was chosen to take up the apostleship and ministry that Judas Iscariot have failed.
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God bless you all!
Pastor R.A.Sanchez Jr.