Thematic Bible

Acts 1:1 (show verse)

[Dear] Theophilus, in my former letter [i.e., the Gospel of Luke] I wrote to you concerning what all Jesus did and taught since the beginning [of His ministry],

Acts 1:2 (show verse)

up until the day He returned to heaven. [Just before that time] He had given [certain] instructions to His [specially] selected apostles through [the direction of] the Holy Spirit.

Acts 1:3 (show verse)

Now, following His death on the cross [and resurrection], Jesus appeared alive [to His apostles] for forty days, and demonstrated by many convincing proofs [that He had been raised bodily from the dead]. [During that time] He also spoke to them about the [coming] kingdom of God.

Acts 1:4 (show verse)

[One day, as He was] gathered with these apostles, He urged them not to leave Jerusalem, but to wait there until they received what the Father had promised them. (Jesus had previously discussed this with them). [See Luke 24:49].

Acts 1:5 (show verse)

For [Jesus had said, Matt. 3:11], "John immersed you [men] in water but [this time] you will be immersed in the Holy Spirit, and [it will happen] in just a few more days."

Acts 1:6 (show verse)

When the apostles had come together, they asked [Jesus], "Lord, are you ready to restore the kingdom [of God] to [the nation of] Israel [at this time]?"

Acts 1:7 (show verse)

Jesus replied, "You are not permitted to know the [specific] time or date [when this will happen]. For the Father has appointed it [to happen] when He determines [the right time].

Acts 1:8 (show verse)

But, you apostles will receive power when the Holy Spirit descends on you and [then] you will become My witnesses [i.e., to tell what you know] in Jerusalem, in [the countries of] Judea and Samaria, and [even] to the distant regions of the earth."
Apostles » Duties of » See commission of, above, and
Christian ministers » Witnesses
Gospel » Universal, to be preached throughout the world
Holy spirit » What can be accomplished through the power of the holy spirit
Holy spirit » Power of » Accompanies the baptism of the holy spirit
Holy spirit » Promised » Empowers for service
the Inspiration of the Holy Spirit » Design of » To give power to ministers
Jesus Christ » History of » Appears to james and also to all the apostles (in jerusalem)
Jews, the » The gospel preached to, first
Names » Of ministers » Witnesses
Peter » baptism of the spirit
Power » The lord giving power
Power » Spiritual, general references to » Accompanies the baptism of the holy spirit
Power » Of the holy spirit » Qualifies ministers
Power » When you will receive power
Power » Of the holy spirit » Promised by Christ
Power, Of The Holy Spirit » Qualifies ministers
Power, Of The Holy Spirit » Promised by Christ
modern Samaria » Christ after his resurrection commanded the gospel to be preached in
Spirit » The leadership of holy spirit » Empowers for service
Spirit » Promised » Empowers for service
Spiritual » Power » Source of spiritual power
Spiritual » Power » Accompanies the baptism of the holy spirit
religious Testimony » How and where to be given » Empowered by the holy spirit
Titles and names of ministers » Witnesses
Witness » Who is a witness of the lord
Witnessing to the truth » Encouraged
religious Work » Labourers in of the holy spirit

Acts 1:9 (show verse)

And when Jesus had said these things, just as the apostles were watching [Him], He was taken up by a cloud [and disappeared] out of their sight.

Acts 1:10 (show verse)

And while they gazed up into the sky as He ascended, suddenly two men wearing white clothing appeared beside them

Acts 1:11 (show verse)

and said, "You men from Galilee, why are you standing there looking up at the sky? This Jesus who was received up from your presence into the sky will return in the same way you saw Him go there."

Acts 1:12 (show verse)

Then the apostles returned to Jerusalem from the place called "Mount of Olives," which was about three-fourths of a mile from Jerusalem.

Acts 1:13 (show verse)

Upon arriving at the house where they were staying, they went upstairs. [Those present were]: Peter, John, James, Andrew, Philip, Thomas, Bartholomew, Matthew, James, the son of Alpheus, Simon the Zealous [one] and Judas, the son of James. [Note: Judas Iscariot, the twelfth apostle, had already committed suicide].

Acts 1:14 (show verse)

These men continued in united prayer [for the kingdom to come? See 1:6; Matt. 6:10] along with [certain] women, Mary the mother of Jesus and His [half-] brothers.

Acts 1:15 (show verse)

And during this time Peter stood up to speak to a gathering of about one hundred twenty persons.

Acts 1:16 (show verse)

[He said], "Brothers, it was necessary that the Scriptures be fulfilled which the Holy Spirit spoke through King David about Judas, who guided the soldiers who came to arrest Jesus.

Acts 1:17 (show verse)

For he was one of our number and shared with us [in the responsibility of] this ministry."

Acts 1:18 (show verse)

(Now this man [Judas] paid for [in a sense] a [burial] field with the reward money he had received for his sinful act [of betraying Jesus, See Matt. 27:3-10]. [Then, some time after Judas hanged himself, See Matt. 27:5] he fell down headlong, [his swollen body] bursting so that his intestines gushed out.

Acts 1:19 (show verse)

This incident became known to everyone who lived in Jerusalem so that the [burial] field purchased with the reward money became known as "Akeldama" [an Aramaic word] which means "Field of Blood.")

Acts 1:20 (show verse)

"For it was written [about Judas] in the book of Psalms [69:25]: 'Let the place where he lives become deserted, with no one living there' and [Psa. 109:8] 'Let someone else fill his ministry.'

Acts 1:21 (show verse)

The person [to replace Judas] would have to be one of those who accompanied us [disciples] during the time the Lord traveled around with us,

Acts 1:22 (show verse)

from His immersion by John [the Immerser] until He was received up from us [in a cloud]. Of these people [we must choose] someone to become a witness with us [i.e., to tell people] of Jesus' resurrection [from the dead]."

Acts 1:23 (show verse)

And so they presented two men [for consideration]: Joseph, called Barsabbas (and also called Justus) and Matthias.

Acts 1:24 (show verse)

Then they prayed, "Lord, you know the inner thoughts of all men, so show us which one of these two men should be selected

Acts 1:25 (show verse)

to replace Judas in this ministry and this group of apostles, from which he fell away to go to where he belonged" [i.e., to the place of punishment for unrepentant sinners].

Acts 1:26 (show verse)

So, they drew lots [i.e., devices used for making random choices] and the lot [i.e., the choice] favored Matthias, so he was added to the other eleven apostles.