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Jesus & the Kingdom
(Category 14 of 16)
Watch our Read Scripture video on the book of Acts, which breaks down the literary design of the book and its flow of thought. This is the first of two Read Scripture videos dedicated to the book of Acts, which aims to help you see its unique contribution to the story of Jesus, but also how it works within the Bible’s overall framework.
In Acts, Jesus sends the Holy Spirit to empower his disciples as they carry the good news of his kingdom to the nations of the world.
Explore Acts 1-12
ACTS 1-12: (RS)
of the Apostles
JESUS’ last recorded words have come to be known as the Great Commission:
“You shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and , and
to the end of the earth” (1:8). The Book of Acts, written by Luke, is the story of the
men and women who took that commission seriously and began to spread the
news of a risen Savior to the most remote corners of the known world.
Each section of the book (1—7; 8—12; 13—28) focuses on a particular audience,
a key personality, and a significant phase in the expansion of the gospel message.
As the second volume in a two-part work by Luke, this book probably had no
separate title. But all available Greek manuscripts designate it by the title Praxeis,
“Acts,” or by an expanded title like “The Acts of the Apostles.” Praxeis was commonly
used in Greek literature to summarize the accomplishments of outstanding
men. While the apostles are mentioned collectively at several points, this book
really records the acts of Peter (1—12) and of Paul (13—28).
1 THE former account I made, O aTheophilus, of all that Jesus began both to do and teach,
2 auntil the day in which 1He was taken up, after He through the Holy Spirit bhad given commandments to the apostles whom He had chosen,
3 ato whom He also presented Himself alive after His suffering by many 1infallible proofs, being seen by them during forty days and speaking of the things pertaining to the kingdom of God.
The Holy Spirit Promised
4 aAnd being assembled together with them, He commanded them not to depart from Jerusalem, but to wait for the Promise of the Father, “which,” He said, “you have bheard from Me;
5 a“for John truly baptized with water, bbut you shall be baptized with the Holy Spirit not many days from now.”
6 Therefore, when they had come together, they asked Him, saying, “Lord, will You at this time restore the kingdom to Israel?”
CHAPTER 1 References
1 aLuke 1:3
2 aMark 16:19
3 aMark 16:12,
4 aLuke 24:49
17, 26; 15:26] 5 aMatt. 3:11
b[Joel 2:28] 7 a1 Thess. 5:1
8 a[Acts 2:1, 4] bLuke 24:49
dActs 8:1, 5,
14 eCol. 1:23
1NU My witnesses
9 aLuke 24:50,
51 bActs 1:2
10 aJohn 20:12
11 aDan. 7:13;
1:7; 14:14] 12 aLuke
7 And He said to them, a“It is not for you to bknow times or seasons which the Father has put in His own authority.
8 a“But you shall receive power bwhen the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and cyou shall be 1witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and d, and to the eend of the earth.”
Jesus Ascends to Heaven
9 aNow when He had spoken these things, while they watched, bHe was taken up, and a cloud received Him out of their sight.
10 And while they looked steadfastly toward heaven as He went up, behold, two men stood by them ain white apparel,
11 who also said, “Men of Galilee, why do you stand gazing up into heaven? This same Jesus, who was taken up from you into heaven, awill so come in like manner as you saw Him go into heaven.”
The Upper Room Prayer Meeting
12 aThen they returned to Jerusalem from the mount called Olivet,
which is near Jerusalem, a Sabbath day’s journey.
13 And when they had entered, they went up ainto the upper room where they were staying: bPeter, James, John, and Andrew; Philip and Thomas; Bartholomew and Matthew; James the son of Alphaeus and cSimon the Zealot; and dJudas the son of James.
14 aThese all continued with one 1accord in prayer 2and supplication, with bthe women and Mary the mother of Jesus, and with cHis brothers.
15 And in those days Peter stood up in the midst of the 1disciples (altogether the number aof names was about a hundred and twenty), and said,
16 “Men and brethren, this Scripture had to be fulfilled, awhich the Holy Spirit spoke before by the mouth of David concerning Judas, bwho became a guide to those who arrested Jesus;
17 “for ahe was numbered with us and obtained a part in bthis ministry.”
18 a(Now this man purchased a field with bthe 1wages of iniquity; and falling headlong, he burst open in the middle and all his 2entrails gushed out.
19 And it became known to all those dwelling in Jerusalem; so that field is called in their own language,Akel Dama, that is, Field of Blood.)
20 “For it is written in the Book of Psalms:
a‘Let his dwelling place be 1desolate, And let no one live in it’;
b‘Let another take his 2office.’
21 “Therefore, of these men who have accompanied us all the time that the Lord Jesus went in and out among us,
22 “beginning from the baptism of John to that day when aHe was taken up from us, one of these must bbecome a witness with us of His resurrection.”
23 And they proposed two: Joseph called aBarsabas, who was surnamed Justus, and Matthias.
24 And they prayed and said, “You, O Lord, awho know the hearts of all, show which of these two You have chosen
25 a“to take part in this ministry and apostleship from which Judas by transgression fell, that he might go to his own place.”
26 And they cast their lots, and the
13 aActs 9:37,
39; 20:8 bMatt.
6:15 dJude 1
14 aActs 2:1,
15 aRev. 3:4
16 aPs. 41:9;
17 aMatt. 10:4
20 aPs. 69:25
22 aActs 1:9
bActs 1:8; 2:32
23 aActs 15:22
24 a1 Sam.
25 aActs 1:17
CHAPTER 2 References
1 aLev. 23:15
2 aActs 4:31
3 1Or tongues
as of fire, distributed
4 aActs 1:5
5 aActs 8:2
6 aActs 4:32
7 aActs 1:11
9 a1 Pet. 1:1
15 a1 Thess.
5:7 19 A.M.
lot fell on Matthias. And he was numbered with the eleven apostles.
Coming of the Holy Spirit
1 When athe Day of Pentecost had fully come, bthey were all 1with one accord in one place.
2 And suddenly there came a sound from heaven, as of a rushing mighty wind, and ait filled the whole house where they were sitting.
3 Then there appeared to them 1divided tongues, as of fire, and one sat upon each of them.
4 And athey were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began bto speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.
The Crowd’s Response
5 And there were dwelling in Jerusalem Jews, adevout men, from every nation under heaven.
6 And when this sound occurred, the amultitude came together, and were confused, because everyone heard them speak in his own language.
7 Then they were all amazed and marveled, saying to one another, “Look, are not all these who speak aGalileans?
8 “And how is it that we hear, each in our own 1language in which we were born?
9 “Parthians and Medes and Elamites, those dwelling in Mesopotamia, Judea and aCappadocia, Pontus and Asia,
10 “Phrygia and Pamphylia, Egypt and the parts of Libya adjoining Cyrene, visitors from Rome, both Jews and proselytes,
11 “Cretans and 1Arabs—we hear them speaking in our own tongues the wonderful works of God.”
12 So they were all amazed and perplexed, saying to one another, “Whatever could this mean?”
13 Others mocking said, “They are full of new wine.”
14 But Peter, standing up with the eleven, raised his voice and said to them, “Men of Judea and all who dwell in Jerusalem, let this be known to you, and heed my words.
15 “For these are not drunk, as you suppose, asince it is only 1the third hour of the day.
16 “But this is what was spoken by the prophet Joel:
17 ‘Anda it shall come to pass in the last days, says God, bThat I will pour out of My Spirit on all flesh; Your sons and cyour daughters shall prophesy, Your young men shall see visions,
Your old men shall dream dreams.
18 And on My menservants and on My maidservants I will pour out My Spirit in those days; aAnd they shall prophesy.
19 aI will show wonders in heaven above And signs in the earth beneath: Blood and fire and vapor of smoke.
20 aThe sun shall be turned into darkness, And the moon into blood, Before the coming of the great and awesome day of the LORD.
21 And it shall come to pass That awhoever calls on the name of the LORD Shall be saved.’
22 “Men of Israel, hear these words: Jesus of Nazareth, a Man attested by God to you aby miracles, wonders, and signs which God did through Him in your midst, as you yourselves also know—
23 “Him, abeing delivered by the determined purpose and foreknowledge of God, byou 1have taken by lawless hands, have crucified, and put to death;
24 a“whom God raised up, having 1loosed the 2pains of death, because it was not possible that He should be held by it.
25 “For David says concerning Him:
a‘I foresaw the LORD always before my face, For He is at my right hand, that I may not be shaken.
26 Therefore my heart rejoiced, and my tongue was glad; Moreover my flesh also will rest in hope.
27 For You will not leave my soul in aHades, Nor will You allow Your Holy One to see bcorruption.
28 You have made known to me the ways of life; You will make me full of joy in Your presence.’
29 “Men and brethren, let me speak freely to you aof the patriarch David, that he is both dead and buried, and his tomb is with us to this day.
30 “Therefore, being a prophet, aand knowing that God had sworn with an oath to him that of the fruit of his body, 1according to the flesh, He would raise up the Christ to sit on his throne,
31 “he, foreseeing this, spoke concerning the resurrection of the Christ, athat His soul was not left in Hades, nor did His flesh see corruption.
18 a1 Cor.
19 aJoel 2:30
20 aMatt. 24:29
21 aRom. 10:13
22 aJohn 3:2;
23 aLuke 22:22
8:11] 1destroyed or
25 aPs. 16:8–11
27 aActs 2:31,
32; Heb: 13:20
29 aActs 13:36
30 aPs. 132:11
one on his
31 aPs. 16:10;
32 aActs 2:24
bActs 1:8; 3:15
33 aPs. 110:1;
[Acts 5:31] b[Heb. 10:12] c[John 14:26] dMatt. 3:11;
17; 10:45 1Possibly
34 aPs. 68:18;
1 Cor. 15:25;
37 aLuke 3:10,
38 aLuke 24:47
39 aJoel 2:28,
32 bEph. 2:13
41 1NU omits
42 aActs 1:14
43 aActs 2:22
44 aActs 4:32,
34, 37; 5:2
45 aIs. 58:7
46 aActs 1:14
47 aActs 5:14
1NU omits to
32 a“This Jesus God has raised up, bof which we are all witnesses.
33 “Therefore abeing exalted 1to bthe right hand of God, and chaving received from the Father the promise of the Holy Spirit, He dpoured out this which you now see and hear.
34 “For David did not ascend into the heavens, but he says himself:
a‘The LORD said to my Lord, “Sit at My right hand,
35 Till I make Your enemies Your footstool.” ’
36 “Therefore let all the house of Israel know assuredly that God has made this Jesus, whom you crucified, both Lord and Christ.”
37 Now when they heard this, athey were cut to the heart, and said to Peter and the rest of the apostles, “Men and brethren, what shall we do?”
38 Then Peter said to them, a“Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the 1remission of sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.
39 “For the promise is to you and ato your children, and bto all who are afar off, as many as the Lord our God will call.”
A Vital Church Grows
40 And with many other words he testified and exhorted them, saying, “Be saved from this 1perverse generation.”
41 Then those who 1gladly received his word were baptized; and that day about three thousand souls were added to them.
42 aAnd they continued steadfastly in the apostles’ 1doctrine and fellowship, in the breaking of bread, and in prayers.
43 Then fear came upon every soul, and amany wonders and signs were done through the apostles.
44 Now all who believed were together, and ahad all things in common,
45 and 1sold their possessions and goods, and adivided2 them among all, as anyone had need.
46 aSo continuing daily with one accord bin the temple, and cbreaking bread from house to house, they ate their food with gladness and simplicity of heart,
47 praising God and having favor with all the people. And athe Lord added 1to the church daily those who were being saved.
PSALM 119 vv. 153
153 aConsider my affliction and deliver me,
PSALM 119 vv. 153 References
153 aLam. 5:1
PSALM 119 vv. 154 – 176
For I do not forget Your law.
154 aPlead my cause and redeem me; Revive me according to Your word.
155 Salvation is far from the wicked, For they do not seek Your statutes.
156 1Great are Your tender mercies, O LORD; Revive me according to Your judgments.
157 Many are my persecutors and my enemies, Yet I do not aturn from Your testimonies.
158 I see the treacherous, and aam disgusted, Because they do not keep Your word.
159 Consider how I love Your precepts; Revive me, O LORD, according to Your lovingkindness.
160 The entirety of Your word is truth, And every one of Your righteous judgments endures forever.
161 aPrinces persecute me without a cause, But my heart stands in awe of Your word.
162 I rejoice at Your word As one who finds great treasure.
163 I hate and abhor lying, But I love Your law.
164 Seven times a day I praise You, Because of Your righteous judgments.
PSALM 119 vv. 154 – 176 References
154 a1 Sam.
24:15; Mic. 7:9
156 1Or Many
157 aPs. 44:18
158 aEzek. 9:4
161 a1 Sam.
165 aProv. 3:2;
they have no
168 aJob 24:23;
170 1Prayer of
171 aPs. 119:7
176 a[Is. 53:6];
[1 Pet. 2:25]
165 aGreat peace have those who love Your law, And 1nothing causes them to stumble.
166 aLORD, I hope for Your salvation, And I do Your commandments.
167 My soul keeps Your testimonies, And I love them exceedingly.
168 I keep Your precepts and Your testimonies, aFor all my ways are before You.
169 Let my cry come before You, O LORD; aGive me understanding according to Your word.
170 Let my 1supplication come before You; Deliver me according to Your word.
171 aMy lips shall utter praise, For You teach me Your statutes.
172 My tongue shall speak of Your word, For all Your commandments are righteousness.
173 Let Your hand become my help, For aI have chosen Your precepts.
174 aI long for Your salvation, O LORD, And bYour law is my delight.
175 Let my soul live, and it shall praise You; And let Your judgments help me.
176 aI have gone astray like a lost sheep; Seek Your servant, For I do not forget Your commandments.
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